Earlier this week, the final season of Winners and Losers premiered on Channel 7.
Despite the cringe-worthy moments that the show has produced consistently over the years, I would count myself as a fan.
I have endured the amusement of my husband as he questions the authenticity of the show. I have laughed, cried and even wept about the latest trial or tribulation that the characters seem to face on an all too regular basis.
Yet sadly, I have to admit that on two occasions during the episode, I joined (unbeknownst to him) my husband’s critical stance. The cringe-worthy factor was too high, too awkward and to put it bluntly… just plain inappropriate.
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A penis drawn in latte froth.
Yep you read correctly. Not only is this a sentence I never thought I would write, it is also a sight I never thought I would see. Yet there it was, in all its frothy glory. The apparent ‘harmless’ flirting from a barista, as he tried to
impress repulse Sophie.
The froth penis, for obvious reasons, raised the cringe-worthy-o-meter for me; however, it was the reaction from Sophie that upset me the most. Her immediate response of an uncomfortable smile and attempted shut down was perfect because #reallife.
It was her long term response though, where she considered harmless flirtation with said barista that really made me mad. It made me mad because drawing a penis in latte froth is not the right way to impress a woman. It’s crude. It’s childish. It’s disrespectful.
I’m annoyed that the writers of Winners and Losers decided that the example they would set for such behaviour would be somewhat rewarding. Women deserve better than that and surely a froth heart and smiley face isn’t dead.
The second is along the lines of friendship. The glue that holds Winners and Losers together. In the finale episode it was no exception as Sophie, Frances and Jenny invited new girl Riley into the fold. In fact, the episode ended with the girls bonding over lunch and introducing Riley to the ins and outs of the group #friendshipgoals.