In the middle of a dated metaphor about cavemen killing dinosaurs to make ends meet Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, called men in their twenties weak, unmarriable gamers. Speaking on the topic of shifting gender roles and female breadwinners, Joe stated: “Men in their twenties, who unfortunately I think are weak, and stay at home, and play video games and are weak, weak, weak and unmarriable!”
“They’re just… there are no good men out there! Other than my son and his friends.”
Look, I’m not expecting miracles from cable TV pundits, particularly not Joe. But putting aside the generational differences for a second (You say my generation is ‘weak’, I say we’re ‘terminally unemployed and totally screwed’), we need to get beyond this idea of gaming as a weak or passive form of media. It’s not that what he’s saying is surprising, it’s the carelessness with which that stereotype is used on a day-to-day basis by media across the board.
But of course, I’m sure Joe’s sons are totally the exception.