JAs the vice president, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was just a heartbeat away from the presidency. Call it fate: the president has stepped down to care for his ailing wife, and Selina, whose bungling White House antics we've gleefully enjoyed on VEEP for three HBO seasons, now gets her shot at the most powerful post in the land.
I see women "belonging" in certain roles as anachronistic. Professional women aren't place-holding, servile, coffee-pouring drones in a hive. But they aren't all queen bees either. We're sentient critters with expansive interests and abilities. We are self-sufficient, highly consequential, impressive people, who, way more often than not, raise children too.
When you elevate women to a pedestal, you put them in a place where they can't fall. Because this elevated position means that with all the glory comes all the blame. Because this sets up the dichotomy where mothers are highly valued until they make a mistake. Then, they are the problem with everything.
"Downton Arby's" could easily have been a one-joke sketch, but this thing is funny, everyone. Using an Arby's franchise as a backdrop for the pomp of ...