Have you ever seen the Australian version of the TV series called The Slap?
Well, if you have, you might understand why it's so difficult for people of a certain temperament to attend parties in a certain Northern Rockies "mountain town". It's due to the frequency of encountering children like spoiled, boundary-free, still sucking Momma's tit at age 4 named Hugo and overindulgent, uninvolved parents like Rosie and Gary who would let their little Hugo break a video game controller, bite another child, get into a record & CD collection and leave it a shambles with possibly ruined vinyl and/or discs, spit on an adult, pick up a cricket bat and swing it at other children threateningly, again spit on yet another adult. Who will set boundaries for this child as he terrorizes the setting and people there? Obviously not his parents! They are progressive! They are pacifist! Boundaries are for bogans!
The show sets up one of the most pervasive problem dynamics in human culture during the 21st Century, and milks it for 8 episodes.
Of course the terrible beastly reactionary woggy bogan is typed in the one human whose patience with Hugo the Heroic wears to the breaking point by the time Heroic Hugo is swinging the cricket bat at children including woggy bogan's own child. Woggy bogan picks up Heroic Hugo and carries him away from the cricket bat and the children at whom the bat was swung repeatedly, and deposits him nearer his uninvolved father. Heroic Hugo then kicks the shin of woggy bogan, whose now-exhausted patience finds him delivering a slap to Heroic Hugo. Hence, violent reactionary.
To the progressive, woggy bogan shouldn't even be alive. No response from woggy bogan would have been adequate for the progressive. The progressive thinks Heroic Hugo should just be allowed to fuck with everything and anything in his Hugosphere. Which, incidentally, is the entire universe. It's all Hugo's. Everyone else is just an annoying hindrance for Heroic Hugo. Everyone, except for overindulgent momma Rosie and her always-available teat. Rosie, you see, is Earth Mother.
Having lit the match, thrown it onto a well-created pile of fatwood kindling, and then tossed napalm onto the roaring fire lit in the first episode, the series creators spend 7 episodes exploring different perspectives on the event that gives the series its title.
The primary tension suggested by the series is that Rosie's friendship with others requires the others to defer greatly to Rosie's Earth Mother role. Only one character is allowed to tell Rosie what she thinks about Rosie's parental skills (non-existent with a child for whom leave-it-alone is destructive rather than needed; there is a continuum between hovering and uninvolved), the rest walk on hot coals around Rosie, who sees herself as the champion of Violence Against Children, Which is Bad.
Violence is a piss-poor way to get points across with children. It teaches them about violence as power tool and usually has the opposite result of what's desired. Well, with certain children its result is opposite.
But as with involvement in a child's life, violence sits on a spectrum. What Rosie imagines herself defending against is not what woggy bogan actually did. Woggy bogan did not set up and continue a pattern of violence against Heroic Hugo. It is the pattern that destroys a child, not the single occurrence. If you have a leave-it-alone style of uninvolved parenting like Gary & Rosie, you get a child like Hugo. If you have a constantly-hovering style of overinvolved parenting like some other humans I've encountered, you get a child who is a different isomer of the Hugo model. You get a different kind of can't-support-self child. You get the kind of child who thinks someone will take care of me no matter what rolls my way.
Both styles create, or tend toward creating, the kinds of adult who later become Social Justice Warriors if their aggression is passive, and manipulative Carl Icahns or Ivan Boeskys if their aggression is free-range and overt. Sometimes you get a John Wayne Gacy, if the behind-closed-doors activity involving parent(s) and child are, shall we say, sexually questionable.
Several scenes with Hugo in his own home suggest the sexually inappropriate setting is there.
The hype potential for this series is massive. It's obviously inflammatory. It lets progressives and reactionaries pick up their rhetorical pugil sticks and commence the warfare.
I have 2 episodes left to watch. Will the Social Justice Warrior perspective prevail? Tune in anon.