Is anyone else as creeped-out by “quaint, bucolic” Mayberry as I am? Maybe it’s because I’m one o’ them “gay-lovin’, Godless, New York Jews,” but this show has always given me the willies, even as a kid. Last night I saw a bit of an episode on TVLand: Andy is teasing Helen Crump about wanting to run for office, as everyone knows that “womenfolk shouldn’t worry their pretty little heads about such things.”
Ever see a black or Jew or Asian in Mayberry? Other than the civil rights protesters Andy made Barney bury behind the barn, I mean? I’ll bet poor Otis drinks so much because he know if anyone found out he was gay, they’d have another stoning, like the one they had back in '49 when that Mexican moved into town . . . And you just KNOW Floyd the barber is doing unspeakable things to Opie when no one’s around . . .
I dunno. My worst nightmare would be to travel cross-country and have a flat tire just as night was falling in Mayberry . . . Now Hooterville accepted its weirdnesses! No one even thought twice about Alf and Ralph, or the Ziffels and their pig!