Why Trump Is a Major Party Candidate

I was watching True Detective. Matthew McConaughy and Woody Harrelson had pursued a lead to a tent preacher's service. As they enter the tent, McConaughy looks around at the crowd of working class, rural, white worshippers, and then sardonically asks Harrelson, "What do you think the average IQ of this crowd is?" A way of saying, "What a bunch of morons!"

The members of the "sophisticated," urban, professional-class audience for this show are all supposed to laugh knowingly at that remark. As did the person with whom I was watching.

So I asked him, "Would you think it was funny if they entered a black Baptist church, and McConaughey made that remark?"

"No, of course not!"

"What about if they had entered a mosque, and McConaughey said that?"

"Oh... I see what you are saying."


  1. Point taken, but keep watching. It's a great season, and the final scene -- no spoilers -- you may appreciate, whereas likely many of the "sophisticated" people who laughed at that preacher scene found it disappointing.

    1. Just finished. I certainly liked it enough to get through one season in a few sick days!

      How is season 2?

  2. Don't have time to review it, but lower your expectations. I thought it had a lot of problems; not nearly as good as the first season.