Are Downton Abbey Nobles “Monsters”?
Last year I wrote a column for Forbes pointing out ways in which left-wing critics were attacking the popular Downton Abbey TV series. The response of many angry readers was to simply ignore the quotes and links in my article and deny that Downton was being attacked from the left. Nonsense, and here’s another example, this one from an American publication, the liberal Salon.
Shockingly, the critic calls the nobility in Downton “monsters”. Class hatred is no more acceptable than race hatred and in the 20 century took far more lives than race/gender/religious hated combined.
“By contrast, “Downton Abbey,” on PBS, is stunningly tone-deaf. The show depicts a group of actual monsters in a manner that’s explicitly loving — and when the facts get in the way, they’re disposed of. “Downton Abbey” is a show about how the world was straightforwardly better when an entrenched class system ruled. “Mad Men” has a complicated relationship with the past, depicting the aesthetics and trimmings as glamorous but the ideology as toxic; “Downton Abbey” is not nearly so complicated.
Consider that Julian Fellowes, the writer behind “Downton,” is a private-school graduate and Cantabrigian who holds a seat in the House of Lords. He has good reason to deplore the changes in the world since the era when the wealthy were entrenched and unquestioned.”
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