As I mentioned in my humorless feminist post, I really can’t stand “Seinfeld.” Or, for that matter, Larry David’s show. I know this isn’t a popular position, but I seriously have to change the channel the instant the “Simpsons” credits end. I thought it was because I didn’t enjoy watching people be self-absorbed, hurtful assholes, but I absolutely LOVE “Arrested Development,” so it’s not that. I did used to watch “Seinfeld,” so I think that I probably just hit saturation point. Partly that, and partly the fact that I know (and am related to) people who think that the type of self-absorbed, hurtful asshole portrayed on “Seinfeld” is actually something to live up to.
That said, taken out of the context of Jerry Seinfeld’s annoying voice and plots that hinge on making you cringe in your seat, I certainly recognize that many of the conceits addressed in “Seinfeld” episodes are classic pieces of comedy brilliance. For instance, Festivus, which thankfully has taken on a life of its own. I love everything about it, from the Festivus Pole to the Feats of Strength. And so I propose that, in preparation for the holidays, we participate in the time-honored Festivus tradition of the Airing of Grievances.
As with the Thanksgiving post, this can serve as the place for you to share your dread about the upcoming holidays. But you don’t have to limit yourself to family. If you’re aggrieved about dieting coworkers, or the difficulty of finding pants, or Tad Safran, go ahead and get it off your chest. It needn’t be fat-related, of course, though we certainly welcome fat-related bitching. Let’s all be politically correct liberal fascists and refrain from posting obvious bigotry or personal grievances about identifiable people or other Shapelings, but otherwise, go nuts. Many of us are in for a long weekend of biting our tongues, so let’s let loose while we can!