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.