(1) How on earth do you not like Phil? That concept is almost1 completely incomprehensible to me. I don't think I've ever seen an episode of MF in which I didn't laugh at Phil at least once, not even in the first few episodes I saw, in which I thought the Dunphy household was just a carbon copy of every other sitcom family I had ever seen EVER and therefore was not initially impressed by them.
(2) I wonder how the world would be different if the Internet had existed in the late 1970s when the original Muppet Movie was produced. Would people have been whining on message boards about "Oh, I don't like Mel Brooks...oh, I don't like Madeline Kahn...oh, I don't like Charles Durning...this movie is gonna suck...it'll never be as good as the original Muppet Show...this is gonna screw up the Muppets 4EVAH!!!!...what the [expletive deleted] is Henson thinking anyway?" etc. Because I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of Mel Brooks in general,2 but I AM a huge fan of Mel Brooks in The Muppet Movie.
Another headline I noticed in a sidebar alongside the story about Ty Burrell and the Muppets: '2016' Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias. *sigh* Uh-huh...and people who don't like Twilight are sexist. Did it ever occur to any of you filmmakers that maybe your films just aren't very good? I haven't seen them so I don't know, but is that at least a POSSIBILITY? I know it's hard because presumably you've done your best work and want to be proud of your efforts, but would you at least take a moment to entertain the notion that your films aren't the cinematic masterpieces that you seem to think they are? And/or maybe people's not liking them is just a matter of taste, for which there is no accounting, and not a matter of ingrained cultural bias?
I'm sorry, but there are just so many victims of GENUINE injustice in the world that I don't have time or patience for people who like to make themselves victims of imaginary injustice.
1The last time I was writing about Modern Family, I would have said if I had thought of it sooner that the character on the show who mostly closely matches my criteria for the Gay Buffoon sterotype is Phil, who is not gay. So I can sort of see how that could get annoying for some people, especially if said people were similar in personality to Jay.
2Mel Brooks projects I like: Get Smart, Young Frankenstein, the musical version of The Producers but not the original movie, The Elephant Man, of which he was a producer but went uncredited because he didn't want people to think it was a comedy. Mel Brooks projects I cannot stand: Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and I haven't seen a lot of other ones because the ones I can't stand made me shy away from them.