Alex Runner sees similarities between Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham and certain modern pols. A nugget:
Like many politicians today, Lord Grantham is big on sweeping statements and seemingly innocuous prejudices. In his case, the Irish are a backward people; Catholics are heathens; always bet on royal blood. Simple-minded beliefs that hold his worldview together – even if each one is opposed by actual evidence. Know anyone who sounds like this in 21st-century American political theater?
I’ll give you a few hints: All teachers are greedy; people on food stamps are lazy; many Muslims are terrorists; undocumented immigrants are criminals; sustainability advocates are tree-hugging sissies.
I have not seen an episode of Downton Abbey, though I have heard Julian Fellowes interviewed about it and have been unable to escape the constant tote-bagging wankery about it.
I have no intention of seeing it.
As near as I can tell, it’s Gone with the Wind with received pronunciation.
If I want fantasy, I can reread Lord of the Rings.