A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?
While it hurts me to use the ungrammatical title above, the saying is valid. There are many things over the course of my 67 years that have borne the statement “NEW and IMPROVED!” that weren’t any better than the original and should have been left alone.
Here’s one that just popped into my mind that will serve as an example. It’s not the only one, but not much is popping into my mind this morning 🙂
My dad loved the old TV western Gunsmoke, with James Arness as Matt Dillon. All the characters were perfectly portrayed. Doc, Kitty, Chester, and later Festus. The actors chosen to fill those parts couldn’t have been better. Recently I saw an old program with Dennis Weaver (Chester) in it, but without the limp and without the country-boy-naievete. I liked him better as Chester.
Anyway, in the old black-and-white TV days, it was a program we all could watch without fear of bedroom scenes, language, profanity of any sort. The bad guys messed up and the good guys caught them. There was the ocassional shoot-out, in which the bad guy always lost. Doc would faithfully patch up whatever holes may have been shot in one of the good guys, a moral lesson was learned, and they all lived happily until the next episode. Even Kitty, perfectly portrayed by Amanda Blake, truly had a heart of gold even though she ran a saloon.
The bad guys were always mean and rough around the edges, but they never cursed. They never forced themselves on a woman (on screen; sometimes there would be just enough of a threat that you knew REALLY bad things could happen during the commercial breaks).
One night, everything was going along as usual when one of the bad guys used a swear word. I think it was the D-word, don’t remember for sure. No big deal for us today, right? Good grief, that’s NOTHING compared to the language that’s used on “family” sit-coms these days.
I’ll never forget the look on my dad’s face. Don’t forget, this was a favorite program of his.
He got up from his chair, switched off the set, (no remotes back then) and walked into his study. We never (legally) watched that show again.
See, the producers probably figured they were improving the quality of the show by using more realistic language. Probably figured more people would watch if it wasn’t such a squeaky-clean program. Maybe they were right, I don’t know.
I just know I wished they hadn’t fixed what wasn’t broken.
And by the way, I’m going to go out on a limb here and speak to those of my fellow bloggers who like to pepper your posts with F-bombs and other crude or profane words. You don’t need to. It’s offensive. Your writing is better without it.
And now I’m going to put on my kevlar vest before I read any responses to this one.