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(The Daily Beast)   Festivus is not what you think   (thedailybeast.com) divider line
    More: Amusing, Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer, Festivus, Frank Costanza, Dan O'Keefe, O'Keefe, world Festivus, Jerry Stiller  
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2021-12-06 2:00:29 AM  
13 votes:
I listened to this interview. The writer and his brother were victims of child abuse by their asshole father.
 
2021-12-06 8:34:10 AM  
8 votes:
Well yeah.  Fictional Festivus was pretty abusive too, it was the whole point.  The "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength" were basically their father getting drunk and continuously berating his wife and kids for not being good enough for him until one of them could physically force him to stop.  Like a lot of the show, it was a really dark, heavy joke dressed up in traditional sitcom trappings.  Audiences might have created their own version and turned it into something that overcomes that origin, but that origin itself is no less screwed up.
 
2021-12-06 2:12:18 AM  
2 votes:

dsmith42: I listened to this interview. The writer and his brother were victims of child abuse by their asshole father.


Yup.  Actual Festivus wasn't nearly as festive as fictional Festivus.
 
2021-12-06 11:10:33 AM  
2 votes:
Holy shiat that really was dark.  That sucks.
 
2021-12-06 1:31:10 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah talk about mining your pain for inspiration.  I'm a bit angry on the author's behalf at the fellow writers who cornered him and browbeat him into including his abuse as part of a sitcom, even by 80's comic standards that's a pretty shiat thing to do, and you can hear it still causes him pain to recall it, it's borderline abuse itself, but that's kinda par for the course for comics it seems.
 
2021-12-06 4:03:09 PM  
1 vote:

Kris_Romm: dsmith42: I listened to this interview. The writer and his brother were victims of child abuse by their asshole father.

Yup.  Actual Festivus wasn't nearly as festive as fictional Festivus.


But it did make him a great writer.
 
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