For example, extreme sarcasm and insult humor are the staples of the TeeVee sit-com. And talking trash behind someone's back is the staple of the "reality TeeVee" phenomenon.
But she lives in TeeVee world, and in TeeVee world, the audience laughs uproariously at this comment. "Haw, Haw, Haw!"
Save being "nice" for the "heartwarming episode" - the only place on TeeVee where people are actually civil to each other. Grampa is in a coma, and the whole family comes together and learns a valuable lesson about... whatever. Next week, on an all-new special "Blossom"!
It is possible we can move beyond this sitcom mentality? I am beginning to think not. Insult humor has become more popular than ever before, and it seems like the "social media" only encourages this sort of trash talk.
I suppose it is all just harmless fun and all. But why is being nice to other people viewed as a bad thing?