I got an unusually large number of comments on my 30 Rock post a couple weeks ago, so I thought I should respond.
I think you’re reading too much into Cerie because you’re an assistant, too.
I might be taking it personally, it’s true. On the other hand, I do fancy myself a writer, and I like to think I know how writers think. This mockery of assistants isn’t an accident.
Not only is Ken the ONLY seriously nice person on the show and gets mad props in the “assistant” role, but the show takes digs at EVERY other profession, most often in gruesomely hilarious ways.
That’s actually my point. Executives are meddlesome, actors are clueless, producers are frantic. 30 Rock mocks of all of these guys by exaggerating the reality. No executive is really as obnoxious as Jack, and writers aren’t always that socially inept. (Some actors are as clueless as Tracy, though.)
Which is fine, and apparently funny (to some people). But if you reverse-engineer this caricaturing process, you’ll find that “assistants are idiots,” which is really what my gripe was about.
Lastly, Rob Long wrote me an e-mail, saying he agrees with me:
Many thanks for your email, and for the link to your blog, which is excellent. I don’t think you’re wrong, either, about that episode of 30 Rock.
Thanks, too, for your kind words. They almost make up for reminding me that there are people too young to remember Cheers…