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I Can't Believe This Was "Controversial" - They Should Make One That Is!


I can't believe this show was "controversial!" Every time I watch an interview with Barbara Eden, the idiot interviewers (their idiocy is invariable) always attack her with a question similar to: "Don't you think it is wrong that you called Nelson Master?" 

There is no reason for this to be controversial, most especially since Jeannie never actually becomes Nelson's slave. Jeannie calling him Master is just meaningless hot air.

What they should do is make a show that really is controversial by featuring a female genie who actually is a man's slave, wherein the man actually gives her orders in accordance with his will, and she obeys them. And when liberals/feminists/SJWs complain about that, then the defense would be: "Yes, she is his slave, and if you don't like it, too bad."

Aside from the benefit of angering liberals/feminists/SJWs, a show where a genie actually is a slave would also lead to the telling of way more interesting stories than could be present on IDOJ.

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i'd love to see a 'slave owner' take his 'slave' out for a night on the town.

and I really don't think she was as much his slave as you think. he hardly wanted her to do the things she did. heck, he wanted to hide Jeannie's existence from everyone. forget her being a , he wouldn't even say: oh this is my housekeeper or my cousin or my sister in law or whatever. she did not exist, period!!!!

She 'made' herself be his 'slave' so she could stay with him. She loved him at first sight. He freed her and she snuck back with him. I don't blame her at all, he was delicious! and he kept her on, and I don't blame him a bit. she is STILL adorable.



Oh God. Fortune vomits on my eiderdown once more.

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According to my childhood minister IDOJ was immoral and satanic because Jeanie had supernatural powers. Also in the first few seasons, Jeanie and Major Nelson were living together out of wed-lock. Also I was always taught that the sight of a woman's belly button could cause a man to have impure thoughts.

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They never showed her belly button. But I'm sure you had impure thoughts anyway. I sure did.

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Um...No. I'm not male and I'm not a lesbian.

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that doesn't mean anything, calm down. I am a straight woman, too and I still find her adorable.



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I am as left-wing, liberal as they come, and I saw nothing wrong with this show. She was a GENIE, genies call their ppl MASTER, gender is irrelevant.... If Tony had found a MALE genie, I'm sure he would have called him MASTER as well ~unless of course he was the Blue Djinn, who was a badass and submitted to no one lol~ When one of Tony's girlfriends stole the bottle, Jeannie called her "Mistress". So I don't see the big deal.

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I agree. Don't see anything controversial about it either.

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It's just standards of the time, isn't it? In the 1960s, people find different things offensive as to what they do today.

Being from the UK, I don't know what Americans would make of this show nowadays, but there's not a lot here that would be seen as being anything other than harmless fun. Jeannie's skimmpy attire wouldn't be thought too much about. It's not like she was wondering around in a bikini or anything. And I'm not sure the whole supernatural thing would even occur to that many people. Apart from maybe the super-pious/religious. The majority of people wouldn't even consider that.

The whole 'master' thing might stick out a bit, in the days of #MeToo. But, in opinion, that's nothing. She's a genie, and that's what genie's call the people who freed them. Some people would probably be all; "Why couldn't the genders be reversed? Why couldn't the genie be male, and the owner be female?" It's probably what they'd do if they remade it today. (Though the joke in the title about Jeannie being an actual female's name would be a bit lost.) At the end of the day, bringing gender roles into a show like this, is just looking for stuff to be offended about in my opinion. There are older shows that are worse than this.

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Somehow I thought this would be about her showing her belly. Yeah. I agree it's dumb what they criticize it for. I'm pretty sure later on in the show they get married. You don't marry your slave. Though there are dumber things. I remember back on imdb on the Leonardo DiCaprio Great Gatsby board a guy was insisting that Gatsby was African American in the book and when I pointed out the obvious reasons why that couldn't be he called me a racist. One of the things I said to him is that Tom who is a racist wouldn't hang out with an African American. Then he actually insisted that Tom wasn't racist. Then he calls me a racist for saying that African American people didn't have the same rights as white people back in the 1920s. He also insisted that wasn't true. It's like he was an ignoramus who doesn't even know his history.

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Do you mean controversial! then or now? It wasn't controversial then (II watched it when it first-run). Nobody found controversial subtext and complaints then about the show.

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