TV Club: Futurama: “Bend Her”/ “Obsoletely Fabulous”

“Bend Her” (season 4, episode 13; originally aired 7/20/2003)

In which Bender unleashes his inner woman

I’m not sure I have a consistent opinion on potentially offensive comedy. (“Oh boy!” you cry, “this is going to be one of the really fun reviews!”) I don’t like the word “offensive,” although “problematic” has been so overused that it’s nearly as bad. I don’t like the idea of trying to reduce art, no matter how vulgar or clumsy, to something we have to set against a checklist of appropriate viewpoints. You shouldn’t have to agree with a joke for it to be funny, and every once in a while, punching down can be fun. But at the same time… I dunno. I guess the best way I could put it is that every decision you make when you’re creating something for public consumption has …

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