Does 'Downton Abbey' threaten liberals?


Have you ever watched Downton Abbey and gotten really angry? If so, are you a liberal?

British economic journalist Stuart Varney, who hosts Fox Business' Varney & Co., went on Fox & Friends yesterday to discuss the program and how it relates to the current American political scene.

"The politics of Downton are very important and it's important that they are popular in America today," Varney said. "Rich people, powerful people, in America today, are reviled. They're dismissed as fat cats who don't pay their fair share. We just hate 'em -- 'Rich people are evil' ... Yet, along comes this show 'Downton Abbey' -- rich people prominently featured and they're generous; they're nice people; they create jobs, for heaven's sake; they're classy; they've got style and we love 'em ... That show is wildly popular, which poses a threat to the left, doesn't it?"

Maureen Ryan, a contributor at the Huffington Post, wrote about the third season of the series and agreed (in a way) with what Varney said, saying that, "The big problem during a large chunk of the season amounts to the following, more or less: 'Oh no, a very rich man is having to face the possibility of being slightly less comfortable!' It's fun to escape into a world of lush privilege when times are hard, but the tenor of the times also make it quite difficult to care about a well-to-do family having to trim its budget a bit."

Do you think Varney (and Ryan) have a point? Video of Varney's rant can be seen at this link.

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Written by: Hamatosan
Jan 22nd, 2013, 8:17 am

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Message Posted On Jan 22nd, 2013, 8:31 am

I think actually the inverse applies. The characters are remarkably progressive for their time (It begs a suspension of disbelief, given that their progressivism rather benefits from hindsight of events and societal changes that haven't happened yet). And they take thier social responsibility seriously (ie, they're not entitled by divine right or their exceptional nature, and consider their wealth a result of a social contract that has more to do with luck of birth than skill).

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