Happy Festivus! I have grievances.

Happy Greatest Made-Up TV Holiday of All-Time: FESTIVUS! FOR THE REST OF US!

As for 2022 grievances, OH I HAVE A FEW (Bummer alert):

1. The repeal of Roe v. Wade by an illegitimate Supreme Court, which has led to the suffering and deaths of untold numbers of women who no longer have access to life-saving medical care and the ability to make their own health care decisions. I simply do not know how to express to my male readers, friends, and family the infuriating horror of having less bodily autonomy than a corpse.

2. Our absolute refusal to do anything about gun violence. I knew that when we did fuckall in the wake of Sandy Hook ten years ago that this country valued their guns over our kids. But the awfulness of the massacre of school children in Uvalde, the knowledge that 300 officers stood by and did nothing out of fear of the gunman’s weaponry, and the fact that WE DUMBASSES RE-ELECTED THE LEADERSHIP IN THIS STATE WHO ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN AND CHANGED NOTHING AFTER — it’s enough to fill one with despair. 


4. The vicious and heightened attacks on trans people, drag queens, and the LGBTQ community as a whole. This community has always been subjected to abuse and violence, but we seem to be in a newly loud and dangerous place, as the victims of Club Q can attest. Which reminds me: SEE POINT #2.

5. In terms of television: David Zaslav, the asshat who is running HBO into the ground; and the dingdongs at Netflix who let Henry Cavill and Mike Flanagan slip through their fingers.

6. On a very personal note, I lost (and am losing) older relatives with whom I didn’t spend as much time as I would have if it hadn’t been for the goddamned pandemic. I tried to protect them by staying away for the past couple of years; I lost precious time with them as a result.

7. Elon Musk.

ALRIGHT. I’ve aired my grievances and honestly? It does feel better!

But I don’t want to leave this on a such a down note. 2022 has been a marked improvement over the last couple of years. We have a competent adult in the White House; we didn’t allow the lunatics to take over both houses of Congress in November; our economy seems to be improving; COVID — while still deadly (PLEASE GET YOUR BOOSTERS AND TAKE YOUR GRANDMA WITH YOU) — isn’t killing us as much; and I’m going to have my Christmas Eve dinner again for the first time in two years.

Last year I hoped things would be less terrible, and we’re getting there — slowly, but surely.

And so, my dear Watchers: Happy Festivus; Happy Hanukkah; Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. Stay warm and keep going.



Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery: A tech billionaire invites his friends to a private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc is on the case. Premiere. Netflix

Strange World: A family of explorers navigates a treacherous land alongside their motley crew in this new Disney animated feature. Premiere. Disney+

The 24th Annual Home for the Holidays at the Grove: The annual  7 p.m., CBS

2022 Back That Year Up: Kenan Thompson and Kevin Hart host this look back on the year that was. Peacock


Tracking Santa: Follow the big guy as he begins his trip around the world! Hulu

It’s a Wonderful Life: Because it is. 7 p.m., NBC

Home Alone: Insert face slap here. 7 p.m., ABC

A Christmas Story marathon: As much a tradition of the holiday as anything at this point. 7 p.m., TBS


Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical: The musical version of Roald Dahl’s story of an extraordinary girl with a wild imagination. Premiere. Netflix

The Witcher: Blood Origin: Men and elves merge their powers to become one, and the first witcher is created in this origin story of The Witcher, starring the amazing Michelle Yeoh. Series premiere. Netflix


FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Mickey Saves Christmas Olaf’s Frozen Adventure 20/20
CBS The 24Th Annual A Home For The Holidays At The Grove Christmas Takes Flight
CW The Chosen: The Messengers Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic Local
FOX WWE Friday Night SmackDown Local
NBC How the Grinch Stole Christmas 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas Dateline The Wheel

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC Home Alone America’s Funniest Home Videos
48 Hours 48 Hours News/Local
CW Christmas Around The World Local
FOX Celebrity LEGO Masters: Holiday Bricktacular News/Local
NBC It’s a Wonderful Life News/

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC NBA Basketball
CBS NFL Football 60 Minutes East New York
East New York
The CW Local Christmas Around the USA Local
FOX TMZ’s Merry Elfin’ Christmas
The Simp-sons
The Great North
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
NBC Sunday Night Football

2 thoughts on “Happy Festivus! I have grievances.

    1. I apologize for overlooking it. I agree that is a horrific and terrifying part of what is happening in this country, and I don’t mean to diminish the community’s fear and anguish at this time.


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