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'Fox & Friends' Says 'Downtown Abbey' Threatens the Left Because it Celebrates Rich People: VIDEO


The popularity of Downton Abbey in America is a threat to progressives because it celebrates rich people, according to FOX & Friends:

“Rich people, powerful people, in America today, are reviled,” Varney said. “They’re dismissed as fat cats who don’t pay their fair share.” The general consensus is that “rich people are evil.”

Then comes along Downton Abbey… making rich people seem nice. The characters in the show are kind and generous. “They create jobs, for heaven’s sake. They’re classy, they’ve got style.”

“It poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?” he asked. Because the left says we must hate rich people.


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  1. what are those deep red republicans doing watching PBS anyhow?

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 21, 2013 4:52:46 PM

  2. It makes the rich people look petty, venal, self-absorbed. They're obviously incredibly lousy financial managers. I know plenty of rich people, some righties, some lefties, but none so vapid as the DA crowd.

    Posted by: Bilstr | Jan 21, 2013 5:01:12 PM

  3. While the show does threaten to impose bad taste on its audience, and it's depiction of the English class system is not realistic (it's a Tory-rose-colored-glasses view of things), there have been numerous complaints about the show from left-wing publications. The idea that the show somehow escapes criticism is not true. However, you aren't suppose to take it seriously.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 21, 2013 5:17:09 PM

  4. The rich in "Downtown Abbey" had class,manners and style which is something a Fox friend like Donald Trump lacks. The show is more than just about the rich- these idiots probably have never actually seen a complete episode.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 21, 2013 5:19:12 PM

  5. Towleroad, are you going to remove Kiwi's comment approving of the bombing of Fox?

    Kiwi, your comment has been recorded and law enforcement will be notified.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 21, 2013 5:47:03 PM

  6. The wealthy in Downton Abbey not only have class, and style, intelligence, and wit, none of which the Faux FooFoos have, but they also have a heart about the people they employ. And in their own way, withing the strictures of their times, they cared. When last did any of Mitt and his minions ever give a hoot about the poor?

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Jan 21, 2013 5:53:04 PM

  7. As a leftist, I enjoy fictional rich people. They're often intelligent or responsible. In last night's episode, for instance, Mrs. Hughes thought she had cancer, and fictional rich person Lady Grantham told her that, no matter what happened, she'd be taken care of her for the rest of her life.

    A *real* rich person would have kicked her out and said it was a pre-existing condition.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Jan 21, 2013 6:02:23 PM

  8. I don't know a single right-winger who watches Downton Abbey. I don't know how it threatens liberals since that's the bulk of the PBS audience for such a program.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jan 21, 2013 6:13:13 PM

  9. i'm actually still giggling about this. as IF these fools, who CLEARLY haven't seen the program, think they can spin it into some "evil Leftists" drivel.

    that's actually profoundly funny.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 21, 2013 6:21:42 PM

  10. Anything passes as entertainment these days.

    Posted by: greemfuzz | Jan 21, 2013 7:06:51 PM

  11. Rich people who take care of their employees with incredible compassion as if they are part of their own family?! *gasp* It's the liberal nightmare come true.

    Posted by: Bollux | Jan 21, 2013 7:12:53 PM

  12. Clueless.

    Posted by: jrex | Jan 21, 2013 7:14:07 PM

  13. The characters are the draw. Bet their favorites are Dan Stevens and Rob James-Collier.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 21, 2013 8:33:40 PM

  14. oops. those are my favorites.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 21, 2013 8:35:01 PM

  15. Today must be a very difficult day for the people at the Fox Network. For four years they did everything they sould to undermine President Obama and they failed.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 21, 2013 8:41:47 PM

  16. keep talking to yourselves, by all means. what a meeting of mediocrity.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jan 21, 2013 9:05:01 PM

  17. I wouldn't consider Downton a literate program. I agree. Fox is really off its rocker, but Julian Fellowes is a conservative MP who wrote the screenplay and does hate the left. But his script is dumbed down and filled with anachronisms, inacurracies and flat out distortions about the class system in England during the 1920s. If you want accuracy and entertainment watch the 1981 Brides head Revisited series.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 21, 2013 9:08:08 PM

  18. I want to live in Downtown Abbey! The lights are much brighter there!

    Posted by: entrepoid | Jan 21, 2013 10:25:49 PM

  19. Pathetic Right-Wingers grasping at straws because they want to believe so badly, that Americans hate the RICH and the RICH are all REPUBLICANS....sorry, there are many Democratic, Gay Loving,Kind, Liberals and Moderates, that care about the less prove to me that Paris Hilton or any of the Kardashians give a crap about the poor... I'll eat my words....the real reason that people love DOWNTON ABBEY is because it is a well written, well acted TV show and NOT a REALITY show... Just remember most of those Conservative English and American actors are mostly Liberal in REAL LIFE..

    Posted by: Martin | Jan 21, 2013 11:17:20 PM

  20. If this BS is what these people really think then the Right Wingers are more totally lost in their bubble world than we thought. And Downton is on PBS their favorite hated liberal TV channel, so it makes it even more ridiculous.

    Posted by: Evji108 | Jan 22, 2013 2:59:37 AM

  21. This is so foolish, it is humorous. So grossly misinformed, they need to lose the "news" moniker from their screen. This isn't "news", it's nothing but twisted opinion. Too bad sheep can't tell the difference.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jan 22, 2013 5:24:48 AM

  22. Typical, that Faux&Friends and their target audience would have absolutely no clue what Downton Abbey is about, given the shallow, superficial black and white world they live in.

    On a side note: I've actually had discussions about this with my friends, who also remarked that the portrayal of the rich Crawley family was "too positive". I actually find it refreshing to see for once that the rich upper-class people are not always by definition also the big bad meanies. That concept got so boring so quick.

    Posted by: Lee | Jan 22, 2013 7:16:42 AM

  23. The Earl of Granthom and his lot are clearly being presented as fossilizing relics of a class system on its way to ruin. Or did Fox News happen to miss the episode where Lord Granthom and Matthew were shamed for not wearing white-tie. Or, as the lovely Dowager Countess called the beautiful tuxedo...RIDICULOUS. If all of the Fox News anchors combined brains, I'm not sure that they'd still have the cabilities to look beyond the surface of things. What morons.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 22, 2013 10:17:22 AM

  24. My god these are some dumb ass people. A practically extinct social class is a threat? Not to mention a fictional family representing the practically extinct social class? Not to mention an ENGLISH fictional family representing the practically extinct social class?

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jan 22, 2013 11:46:17 AM

  25. There is something so totally wrong about the way all of the Fox Folks see the world .... !

    Posted by: RexT | Jan 22, 2013 5:25:54 PM

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