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  1. Liamsmom617

    S08.E01: Walking on Eggshells

    Unpopular opinion, but I still feel sorry for Mackenzie. Yeah, she was an opportunistic dumbass when this all started, and having a trap baby was the dumbest possible move, but we have to remember how young she is. I was an irredeemable idiot at her age; luckily I never dated or got knocked up by an addict back then. But her life is just such a shitshow, and not only do I doubt Ryan will ever maintain his sobriety, but it’s also painfully obvious that he doesn’t love Mack. Sigh.
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    S44.E21: Paul Rudd / DJ Khaled

    You win!! That entire post was spit-coffee-all-over-your-keyboard funny!
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    Better Things

    OMG, me too! I’m a social worker and generally a “nice person” and fairly easygoing Mom, but I was texting my friend (who also watches) during the show, “I fucking HATE this kid!” I will say I thought the birthday card was kind of sweet, and was impressed that Frankie (assuming that was really the voice of the actress who plays her) lwas really the actresses Voice can sings pretty well. But Jesus Christ what an entitled little cunt!
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    Foster

    Can’t believe there aren’t more comments about this one! I found it totally engrossing, maybe because I’m a former foster care social worker.
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    Better Things

    My thoughts exactly!! There is a lot I can relate to on this show as a single Mom of teens, but thankfully my kids are nowhere NEAR this disrespectful or rude to me. I like to think it's not only b/c we aren't wealthy, but that may be a big part of it. With this episode in particular, I practically stood up and cheered when Sam yelled at Max and her friends. And Frankie....if the aim of this episode (this season, really) is to make us despise Frankie, well, mission accomplished. I'm not a fan of spoken-word, poetry-slam-type stuff to begin with (YMMV), but Frankie's in particular...and her bratty rejection of Sam afterward when all Sam wanted to do was praise her....UGH. What an entitled little shit!
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    S09.E17 Checks and Balances

    Did Jenelle really just compare David to R. Kelly....painting them both as victims? Oh, Jennelle....
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    S44.E16: Sandra Oh / Tame Impala

    The only stuff that really made me laugh was Weekend Update (Cecily‘s Jeannine Pirro was flawless as usual!) the "Substitute Teacher" sketch, and the "Cheques" thing....but damn, I am so thrilled that I didn’t just fast forward through the musical guest as I often do (watching on DVR), and maybe I’m just late to the party, but I’m so loving Tame Impala‘s music now! Going back to the 80s, SNL has Introduced me to some great music. Doesn’t happen often anymore, but it sure did this week!
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    Better Things

    I love these forums!! My reaction is mixed on the show and on this episode. Overall I agree that the daughters (at least Max and Frankie) are bratty and entitled. Buuuuuut.....I too am a single Mom of three ( a son and twin daughters) so a lot of what we see on this show hits very very close to home. I am not wealthy like Sam, and my ex-husband is a much more present father than Sam's, but, like Sam I still do most of the "heavy lifting" of parenting with my kids. My kids are not nearly as disrespectful as Sam's, but we are a cussing household--my rule is that they're allowed to cuss, but not AT me. At times they have expressed that they feel like I'm "a best friend who's just older than me" rather than a Mom, and while that's flattering in a way, it is NOT what I set out to do as a Mom. I never intended to be permissive, "I'm their FRIEND!" Mom, yet I do sometimes feel like the respect for me as a parent is lacking. Not sure if it's a single-parent phenomenon or what, but this show really nails how exhausting it can be to have it all on your shoulders without the "backup" of a second parent in the home dealing with the day-to-day issues that arise. Some things you just decide aren't worth a knock-down, drag-out fight. Some things you know you should be stricter about and/ or that you should remind the kids that you're the authority figure here....and you're just too damn weary at the end of the day to do it. I adore my kids and I know they adore me back....but some days, ugly things are said and ugly emotions are expressed. It's not a pretty picture sometimes. So, I love that this show exposes all of that so realistically. I do agree that Pam Adlon goes over the line at times (telling her doctor that "it's like you're fingering me", etc.) but I have to say, and sorry if it's TMI, but I've noticed during menopause that the vaginal discharge (and sometimes urine) smell "different" now, and not in a good way. I've totally had the "wait a minute, is that (smell) ME!?!?!?" moments so I howled with laughter at that! I know it's gross, and it's also not one of the "signs of menopause" we typically read about and expect to experience....I had to do some Googling to find out if anyone else was going through it, and was relieved to find other women saying, "Yeah, no one tells you THIS is gonna happen! I hate it! Why did no one warn us?" Ugh. (For the record, dietary changes and charcoal pills can mitigate things somewhat....and barring that, using cornstarch baby powder in the underwear helps a great deal, too.) So I kinda love Pam/Sam for "going there". It's something you will probably only laugh at/understand if you've been there! Finally...am wondering if maybe Frankie is supposed to be on the spectrum or something? The scene when Sam was puking and Frankie was being so heartless reminded me of the Max (?) character on "Parenthood" (he had autism) when his mother was vomiting from her chemo and he was just dispassionately talking about how unsanitary it was for her to be lying on the floor. Yeah, Frankie is a major brat, and I doubt she is supposed to have autism per se, but maybe she's an undiagnosed Aspie?
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    Leaving Neverland

    Exactly. Many of the folks unfamiliar w/sexual abuse, etc. are doubting Wade's and James' accounts solely b/c they waited until after MJ's death to really speak out. They just don't understand.
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    Leaving Neverland

    As for hetero-porn, based upon reseimdid in college, the vast majority of men who have been arrested for sexual abuse of male minors self-identified as heterosexual. Many live “straight “ lives with wives, girlfriends and children. Men that are attracted to boys are generally not gay, they are pedophiles. I hear you and I think I was unclear in how I expressed my thoughts. I do know that most pedophiles identify as heterosexual. Again, Michael Jackson was so off-the-charts bizarre and different from most people in general that I just meant that "straight" porn, and I should have added, porn featuring ADULTS, would not likely turn him on. But who knows what was in his extremely messed-up mind. Oddly, as a teenager I remember getting an asexual vibe from him. Oh, how wrong I was....he was very sexual, just in a sick, pedophilic way. Does anyone else remember an article from some UK paper (I think "The Daily Mirror") which quoted a supposed close friend of Lisa Marie Presley saying that LMP claimed MJ was so great in bed, and that "she (LMP) had really been around, so she had lots of basis for comparison" or something like that? I remember doubting that heavily when I read it... really having trouble believing it. But it could have been...who the hell knows? She was wacked out from Scientology and trying to "recruit" him, and he was.....himself.
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    Leaving Neverland

    I Ididn’t mean he had to knock himself out just to keep from molesting his sons, more that having to fight the compulsion was stressing him out to the point that he couldn’t sleep. And I have read accounts of pedophiles who said they’d kill anyone who molested their own kids, so then it came to their own kids, they drew a line or recognized it as being wrong (though of course there are pedophiles who exclusively molest their own kids/relatives). I don’t know. MJ was so warped and so abnormal in so many ways, even for a pedo...who the hell knows what his thought process was?
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    S03.E14: The Graduates

    What a dick move by Randall!! Come on, no one is THAT oblivious and dumb. I'm so done with that character right now! Why should Beth give up what is making her so happy and fulfilled? YOU give up your stupid political career, asshole! Props to Justin Hartley....this show doesn't make me cry often, but when Kate insisted he go to an AA meeting and he broke down and said, "I can't"....wow. And poor Kevin...as usual, when it's about him and not one of his sibs for 5 minutes, some tragedy happens to Kate. Not blaming her, of course (though I do blame the writers for being predictable there), but that just ALWAYS seems to happen to Kevin.
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    Leaving Neverland

    This has been sickening. I halfway agree with the posters who've said that, in MJ's mind, he wasn't doing anything wrong, but he knew society believed it was wrong and that he therefore had to hide it. And as for discarding one kid for another, from biographies I read about him back in the day, he was similarly ruthless with managers and other people he employed. Plying them w/alcohol, though? Getting them aroused w/hetero porn (which, yes, sexuality is a continuum, so who knows, maybe that actually turned MJ on too....but I highly doubt it)....That kinda changes the narrative for me. My belief at the time of his death, and even more so now, is that he was beginning to feel attracted to/compelled to molest his two sons, and that put strain on his heart and caused him to literally need to be knocked out with Propofol to be able to sleep. Think about it: At the time he died, his oldest son was 12 and his youngest son was 7. Those are the ages Jimmy Safechuck and Wade Robson were when he molested them. He was clearly a sick fuck, more so than any of us ever suspected. Damaged, yes. None of that condones or excuses ANY of this. As a social worker, I'm fascinated (while still horrified) by the psychology/psychiatry of all this. Other mental health professionals I know have speculated that MJ was schizoaffective. (Being a caseworker, not an LCSW/counselor, I've had to look that up b/c I am not 100% sure I know what that diagnosis is.) It's like a worst-case scenario or perfect storm: Damaged, sick pedophile w/all the money in the world with which to bribe families and stock his house and property with amusement parks, video games, etc. and the fame and public acclaim to cause people to seek him out. He didn't have to coach a children's sports team or work in clergy or as a teacher to get access to potential victims. They came to him.
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    Leaving Neverland

    This has been sickening. I halfway agree with the posters who've said that, in MJ's mind, he wasn't doing anything wrong, but he knew society believed it was wrong and that he therefore had to hide it. And as for discarding one kid for another, from biographies I read about him back in the day, he was similarly ruthless with managers and other people he employed. Plying them w/alcohol, though? Getting them aroused w/hetero porn (which, yes, sexuality is a continuum, so who knows, maybe that actually turned MJ on too....but I highly doubt it)....That kinda changes the narrative for me. My belief at the time of his death, and even more so now, is that he was beginning to feel attracted to/compelled to molest his two sons, and that put strain on his heart and caused him to literally need to be knocked out with Propofol to be able to sleep. Think about it: At the time he died, his oldest son was 12 and his youngest son was 7. Those are the ages Jimmy Safechuck and Wade Robson were when he molested them. He was clearly a sick fuck, more so than any of us ever suspected. Damaged, yes. None of that condones or excuses ANY of this. As a social worker, I'm fascinated (while still horrified) by the psychology/psychiatry of all this. Other mental health professionals I know have speculated that MJ was schizoaffective. (Being a caseworker, not an LCSW/counselor, I've had to look that up b/c I am not 100% sure I know what that diagnosis is.) It's like a worst-case scenario or perfect storm: Damaged, sick pedophile w/all the money in the world with which to bribe families and stock his house and property with amusement parks, video games, etc. and the fame and public acclaim to cause people to seek him out. He didn't have to coach a children's sports team or work in clergy or as a teacher to get access to potential victims. They came to him.
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    Believer

    Just now watching this. I too am sorry to hear that Dan and his wife are no longer together.
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