Posted: 30/09/2014 at 17:09
No agenda Maxpower, and I wasn't commenting so much on your thoughts as the thoughts your comments triggered for me, and why (possibly) the programme makers portrayed things the way they did. Sorry if you felt that I was misusing a quote.
The whole perception at the time (and now) was that somehow if someone is ugly they are creepy (whatever their age), and have no chance of getting anywhere with someone young and pretty. And perhaps the programme makers at the time thought that if they used good looking older men in the same role, it would be less funny because there was a "chance" for them....... Who knows? (That makes my skin crawl thinking about it)
It reminds me of my schooldays - not that there were teachers letching over pupils (ok, maybe there were, but I didn't spot it). The, shall we say, less good looking teachers were the ones who got reputations and/or nicknames which were (most likely) totally undeserved. "Creepy x" or "Pervy y" or "Poofy z" because they had put a hand on someone's shoulder once, several years before, when someone's big brother was in school. But if a good looking teacher put a hand on a girl's shoulder the girl was "so lucky" to have "Gorgeous Mr A" noticing her.
Even now, in my workplace, there is a chap who is not what you would describe as model material, and perhaps could lose a stone or two, who is unpopular, despite being one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet. Another guy, who is actually drop dead gorgeous looks-wise, is a complete condescending twat, but gets lots of attention, promotion etc. It still happens. And it's not nice.