Big Don't Theory
by Zoe.Papadatos on September 18, 2013 - 9:34pm
The Big Bang Theory, created by Chuck Lorre, is a comedy that portrays the comical side of nerds. The series, due to return for a seventh season, draws in other ten million viewers, but is the show laughing with nerds or at them?
The show focuses on four scientists and their attempts to gain the affection of various women. Penny, the lead female character, is supposed to be the most relatable character through her confusion of the nerd world. However, she is still very stereotypical. She is a waitress with minimal skills who uses her sex appeal to get what she wants. The other female characters are either unemotional and asexual such as Amy or defined by their promiscuity towards men. The audience is expected to follow Penny’s lead as she stands ignorant on the scientific jokes, as if it’s normal to be ignorant of science and history.
The Big Bang Theory is an enjoyable, obviously flawed, show that contains possible characters. You may not see these people every day on the street, but they do exist and they are being used as a source of entertainment. Just as practically every comedy on television, exaggeration and stereotypes are important to the punchlines. Naturally, there are people in the real world just as socially awkward, intelligent, and obsessed with fiction as the characters from the Big Bang Theory. I agree with the article’s author’s critical analysis of the show, but as a girl who fits into the “nerd category”, the problem does not lie within laughing at nerds. It’s perfectly normal to laugh around about a group of people. The problem with many nerds is that they are arrogant. They think they are part of a special club and that nobody understands them. God forbid someone tries to make fun of them! News flash: everyone has a stereotype and everyone is made fun of. Nerds are no exception.