Last night's presidential debate was a controversial one, as most modern political events tend to be these days. One of the biggest talkers coming out of the first debate was GOP contender Mitt Romney straight up admitting that he's going to cut PBS from the budget if he's elected to office. Like most people watching the debate under the age of 46, I was devastated. Here's the thing: I'm not here to discuss how odd it was that eliminating PBS was the first thing Romney went to when talking about things to cut from the budget. I'm not here to discuss how he then said "..but I love Big Bird" like when a racist person says something racist and then backtracks by saying "..err, I'm not racist though. Five black people have been to my house!" I don't even disagree that some of the stuff on PBS is horrible and should get cancelled. ("Barney and Friends"? "Antiques Roadshow"? I'm looking at you.) What I am here to discuss are 10 reasons Romney should reconsider:
Anything Ken Burns does: The guy could do a documentary on how great kicking Ernest Wilkins in the crotch feels, and I would still tune in to every single episode like, “Man. This is so insightful. I do squeal and tear up immediately.”
"Downton Abbey": I have never seen it. I am solely suggesting it because I know my white friends would be devastated were it to go away. Hi, white friends! Happy Oktoberfest or whatever the hell that is!
Tavis Smiley: Tavis is the only black man that other black men are like, “You know what? I'm not even going to TRY and mess with that guy.” He also does a really good job as an interviewer.
Charlie Rose: Do you know how dope Charlie Rose is? Like, have you seen the show? Dude sits in front of a black screen and spits that raw and uncut realness with everyone from Jay-Z to King Jordan II. Dude is versatile and I kind of wish he was my grandfather.
Arthur: Look, I don’t like to judge people without knowing them, but if you don't like this show about a lovable aardvark just trying to stay alive in middle school, then you probably are someone who really likes to push old women down the stairs. Also, I hate you. Arthur is the greatest.
"Austin City Limits": One of the last great live music shows, even if it seems like they’re “celebrating the legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughn” every episode.
"Doctor Who": Look man, If I didn’t put this here, crazed hordes of "Doc Who" fans would blow up my house. Um, I mean…DON’T BE TARDIS TO THE PARTY, MITT ROMNEY.
"Fawlty Towers": There is a chance that I have seen every episode of this show. There is a chance I love them all. John Cleese is a golden God and should be worshipped as such. Sybil Fawlty for Heisman.
All of the cooking shows: From Julia Child to Jacque Pepin, these pre-Food Network shows have taught countless people how to roast a chicken and kill a bottle and a half of white wine in the process.
"Sesame Street": Homie, if I have to break down why "Sesame Street" is important then we’ve gotten off course as a modern society and are now just spiraling into a never-ending purgatory of laziness and ignorance, and I weep for future generations.
I hope this inspires something. If anything, I hope it inspires some debate from people, especially viewers like you.
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