Dads Deserve a Little Respect

June 16, 2013

When I was growing up, fathers were held in respect.  You never crossed dad.  The words you feared most were, “Wait until your father gets home.”

We thought dads had all of the answers.  Television shows like “Father Knows Best,” “My Three Sons” and “Leave It to Beaver” reinforced this opinion.

Today, things are different.  Put on any television show and if there’s a father in it, chances are overweight, oafish, sexist and ignorant.  We’ve had Archie Bunker, Homer Simpson, Al Bundy and Peter Griffin.

“Mad Men’s” Don Draper is a philandering jerk who this year has been sleeping with his best friend’s wife.  Walter White on “Breaking Bad” cares about his son, but spends more time bonding with his meth dealer partner.  Tony Soprano is a good father … for a hit man who sees a psychiatrist.

Then there’s that ultimate father figure, Darth Vader (“Luke, I’m your father.”)

Note to Hollywood.  You wouldn’t show such disrespect for moms.  How about a little respect for dads, too?

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