Yeah, But It Actually Was About Football — a Little Bit
Over the past five years I’ve heard people say “Oh, you’ll love it. It’s not REALLY about football.” I’m guilty of having said it myself a couple of times, in the hope that it would get my Whole Foods-shopping Prius-driving NPR-pledging friends over their fear that they might be caught watching a show about a populist concern. Like so many backwards-cap-wearing groundlings.Â
But it actually was about football, as much as it was about anything else. The Awl nails it:Â
One way you could put it is that “FNL” is about how silly, even tragic it is to be “about” something. How freeing it can be to turn your back on what you are supposed to be or to like. It points its fingers directly at self-professed “sophisticated” media consumers and asks us: “Don’t you like things that are beautiful?”
Yes, I do.