Irrelevant Post: What is an overage otaku?

No one has asked, and no, I’m not going to tell you my age, but I think I can explain what an Overage Otaku is with one image.

Ready?

I was looking forward to this manga series:

Does it make sense now?

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That was my planned post for today, but as it turns out there’s something else today, too. Aretha Franklin passed.

I’m not sure people understand how much she meant to civil rights – for blacks and women both – back in the ’70’s and ’80’s and ’90’s, but there was one moment that stuck with me.

This will take a bit. Bear with me.

In the fullness of time there was a TV show called Murphy Brown. Its genre was “dramedy,” a made up word that meant a comedy that tried to address serious issues. Brown, played wonderfully by Candice Bergen, was a career woman, a tough, smart journalist who had never had time or interest in marriage or family or such.

Oh, and Murphy Brown was a huge Aretha Franklin fan. It was a running gag on the show, that Murphy would sing Aretha, the joke being that Murphy couldn’t sing a frickin note.

In the last season (although it’s being rebooted soon), Murphy becomes pregnant. She decides that she’s still not ready for marriage but that she wants to be a mother.

This, of course, outraged everyone. The left was angry that she hadn’t chosen abortion (then, as now, abortion rights were under fire). The right was angry that she refused marriage, even though she was financially able to raise a child alone.

Everyone mad at her. That was Murphy Brown’s sweet spot.

In the last episode of the season she has her baby, and at the end of the episode she is holding her daughter in her arms, and in her awful awful voice she starts to sing to her daughter for the first time.

She sings “Natural Woman.”

By Aretha Franklin.

That’s what Aretha meant to us. God bless her and keep her.

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