Women experience the world differently, and men don’t get it.
The #MeToo movement is not about a bunch of powerful men being named and shamed. It’s about a systemic issue – an acknowledgment that sexism, discrimination, harassment and abuse are everyday, omnipresent factors in their lives.
[Perhaps the show was cancelled because of our ingrained and opposing male-female perspectives?]
Through one of those curious coincidences that the popular culture throws at us, the rebooted version of Murphy Brown started on the same day that on live TV, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the California professor who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Most women writing about the show are cheering it on. Most men see the revived series as creaky, dull and too pointed in its anti-Trump administration direction.
Women reviewing the revival find Murphy a reassuring figure, someone to treasure. Men reviewing it find the show “preachy” and old-fashioned. The character Murphy Brown just doesn’t have the same agency for them.
May 10, 2019: This just in: CBS’ Murphy Brown will not be returning for another cycle.