Unlike Stinekey, who took time in January to defend The Big Bang Theory in a very thought-provoking manner, I do not like Big Bang one atomic particle.
I think the humor is weak, the show is stereotypical, and the premise seems to mock geek culture as opposed to celebrating it. I may be in the minority, but I have my reasons for disliking the show.
Dr. Cooper is one of those characters that just drive me insane, and none of it is Jim Parsons’s fault. He brings Cooper to life with great conviction, and you have to admire someone who creates a character with that many ticks.
My problem is with how society has reacted to Cooper’s ticks.
You see, Sheldon Cooper, despite what show creators say, most likely has Asperger’s Syndrome, or at the very least a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He’s very introverted, structured, brutally honest, and must have things exactly how he wants for order to be maintained.
Sounds like Asperger’s to me, albeit a caricature of the complex nature that disorders on the spectrum have. Which is fine. There are times that, on my best day, I’m a caricature of my own disorder. All depends on how I am that day.
In the article above, there was a quote that stuck out with me.
In the writers’ minds, calling it Asperger’s creates too much of a burden to get the details right. There’s also the danger that the other characters’ insults about Sheldon’s behavior – in other words, 90 percent of the show’s comedy – would seem mean if they were mocking a medical condition as opposed to generic eccentricity. In general, it’s more responsibility than they feel a relatively light comedy can handle.
In fact, it makes the writers look like comedians who are afraid to back up their jokes. So you offend the audience that you have that might be on the spectrum? At least you have the balls to say, “these jokes are caricatures of the actual disorder.” That’s funny. To run from what you created is just insulting to me and the rest who deal with autism on a daily basis.
Simply put, you don’t get to double dip on disabilities. You can’t base a character on a disability while running away from the implications you create with that basis. It’s sloppy writing. Furthermore, it’s immoral.
The other reason Cooper bothers me is that, according to some people, namely my old roommate, I should like Big Bang because I’m like Cooper. I have heard, “But Blackout, you should relate to Cooper because he’s like you!”
No, he’s fucking not.
Just because we share a disorder doesn’t mean he’s like me. Cooper is a guy that I would punch for making me feel worse about what I have, just because he’s so Asperger’s that it makes me feel like a joke.
So, if you like Cooper, own up to it. But don’t pretend he’s not autistic. And don’t tell me to like him because he’s autistic.