Ask A Genius 568 – Wholesome High School Shows Gone Bad

In-Sight Publishing

July 27, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What was the Kissing Booth? This was when Carole was calling you “Loudy.”

Rick Rosner: You’re going to be reading a transcript of this. When I am very interested in a subject [Laughing], I get louder and was shouty discussing high school.

Jacobsen: I can confirm this. This is true. It is not angry yelling. It is John Mulaney punch-liney telling a joke.

Rosner: If only I could be as funny and talented as John Mulaney, Kissing Booth, anyway, conformed to my stereotype of a high school movie, which is a de-emphasis on social media. Only using it so the characters can know where one another are or can suspect one another of cheating based on messages on a cell phone and stuff like that.

That all of the important moments take place face-to-face, as in old school life. Everything centres on the activities of the high school. Namely, the main story and a couple of the sub-plots, maybe not the main story, were resolved in the Kissing Booth.

It was at the high school. But there is one thing I also noticed, which is that compared to the high school movies of yore. The characters are leading much more adult lives. In that, the main character in this one drinks under-age without hesitation.

Even though, her age is unspecified. It is pretty clear that she is a high school senior, but has sex with her boyfriend who is a college freshman. Nobody worries about the legal implications or anything. It is something people do when they are dating. They have sex.

This is something. Carole and I don’t want CW much, but Riverdale is based on Archie comics with Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, which, for 60 or 70 years, was a painfully wholesome comic about a high school guy divided in his affections between the blonde Betty and the brunette Veronica.

It was also known for every sentence in the comics that didn’t end in a question mark ended in an exclamation mark. It was wholesome to the point of being unreadable. It was in a way Richie Rich was to anybody older than 8.

But the characters in Archie comics have been reimagined as noir characters in the benighted drugs ridden and gang ridden town of Riverdale. Apparently, the deadliest city in the state where they live.

All of the characters, even though, they are in high school; they are leading adult lives. Veronica is running a bar, a full-on bar. It serves alcohol, but it is in the style of a speak-easy. One character who lives with her lesbian girlfriend at the girlfriends’ house/mansion who has had the sinister mom thrown in prison; and now, the daughter is in charge of the mansion.

They both live in it. I think they’re both cheerleaders. The entire school is hip to the relationship. Archie carries a gun from time to time. Archie had to go on a journey where he fought a bear. His shirt comes off once per episode, at least, because he has nice abs.

He is boning the heck out Veronica. Jughead has come out as asexual in the comic books who has only affection for hamburgers. But in the TV show, he is boning Betty. In the first episode, Betty and Veronica dress up at dominatrices to execute part of a plot, because Betty is also a private eye.

Betty also has serial killer genes, which makes her worry that she will sometime become uncontrollably homicidal. Anyway, it is no longer a comic book meant for 12-year-olds. Veronica’s dad is a crime lord. It’s all that kind of stuff.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.


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