This has been baffling me for some time now and I simply need to ask about it. I have not only seen this sentiment expressed on this board, I’ve also heard people say it, and it even appears on The Sopranos - Tony Soprano makes fun of two guys by calling them “Alan Alda and Phil Donahue.” What is it about these guys that is so incredibly wimpy that it actually merits them becoming the catch-all “wimp” reference guys? I was born in 1986 so I did not grow up with Alan Alda on TV and I never watched MASH or anything - is this a generational thing? Is his character on that show ridiculously wimpy or something? What about Phil Donahue? I looked at some clips of his show on YouTube and he sounds…like a talk-show host hosting a talk show. I don’t get what’s so wimpy about the guy.
Could someone please help me understand this whole “Alan Alda and Phil Donahue are wimps” meme?