I’m going to put in this disclaimer: I’m not a millennial. I don’t play one on TV. But I know several, and I’ve got to say that this post fits the mold pretty well. Check out the response to a new show CBS is about to launch.
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The Great Indoors, which will air soon, wallows in millennial stereotypes. And it is full of that wholly unbelievable diversity that is supposed to make America feel good about how easy it is to achieve diversity and inclusion. Yet the response from millennials hasn’t been positive.
A millennial focus group member objected to The Great Indoors‘ portrayal of millennials as “coddled, easily offended and thin-skinned.”
Executive producer Mike Gibbons, at a Television Critics Association panel this week, was explaining how the new comedy had offended millennials in the focus group. Even his attempts to explain the offense caused offense–setting off a millennial member of the press.
“I’m a millennial myself,” said the reporter. “How are we so coddled, and what about our overly politically correct workplace bothers you?”
Stephen Fry stars in the show. He plays a travel editor who oversees a group of millennials in the digital department of a magazine. When his producer came under fire, he stepped in to calm things down. He said he perceives “an element of coddling” in millennials and “an element in which you have it tougher than the generation before.”
“Yeah, no shit” snapped the millennial reporter, who has not yet been named by media outlets. She then said she wanted her question answered by the Executive Producer, and not by Gibbons–the actor.
“A great example is how you interrupted my answer,” Gibbons replied.
Another millennial reporter–obviously offended–later asked: “Do you want millennials to watch your show? Cause you come out here and say ‘Ha, ha, ha, millennials are so sensitive and PC.’”
It was then that the The Great Indoors’ Joel McHale interrupted and noted that if the show was offending millennials, it was “the best strategy ever.”