'Full House's John Stamos Proves Why You Don't Want to Piss Off Uncle Jesse
Full House never intended to be the most thought-provoking or educational show on television. It was simply intended to be a family-friendly show, as the saccharine sitcom was filled with hugs, platitudes, and Danny Tanner-isms. So, when a Huffington Post blogger accused Full House and other sitcoms of the '90s, like Friends, of filling her with disillusionment, John Stamos responded to her Full House critique. Because, hey: just as Uncle Jesse was pure and total fiction, the sitcom wasn't supposed to be an accurate reflection of reality. So bloggers, take heed: be aware that John Stamos can read your work!
But, c'mon. Do you move into New York City thinking your life will be like Friends? When I lived in Brooklyn, did I wander around my neighborhood in search of Adam Driver lookalikes? (Okay, maybe, but that's a different story.) Do high schoolers ask their chem teachers how their meth labs are going, a la Breaking Bad? Life has no vampires! Help me! Television told me there were VAMPIRES!
You get the point.
Blogger Annelia Alex wrote a piece called "The Lies I Learned From Dumb TV," which reads like an A-plus high school paper: Guys! I discovered something totally obvious, but will dissect it! Did you know that television...is fake!?!? Props to her for writing — here's one writer high-fiving another for being brave enough to voice her thoughts on a very highly trafficked forum — but it goes without saying that it doesn't take a PHD to realize that Full House was not meant to be a place for you to learn lessons (except those cleaning tactics of Danny Tanner. A is for A-jax forever!). Most of us are also capable of identifying fiction.
So John Stamos found this article, since he is a purveyor of the Internet as many of us are, and he posted the article to his Facebook, with the following comments:
You don't often expect that lengthy of a response from a celebrity! The real takeaway, though, is that John Stamos reads the Huffington Post — but more so, that he will come to the defense of Full House, even if it was silly, trite, warm-and-fuzzy show. That was Uncle Jesse — a tad rebellious and confrontational but totally loyal.