Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “BAZINGA!” Edition


Today’s idle browsing of the intarwebz led me to the “Wild Mass Guessing” page of a certain tropes-related archive, this one related to ‘The Big Bang Theory.’  My initial response to the show was lukewarm at best, mostly because I have, in my time, known more than a few people whose behaviors were roughly similar to Sheldon’s, and found them to be less than pleasant.  Moreover, part of me wasn’t sure that I appreciated the fact that much of the show’s humor is driven by what seems to be a pretty severe personality disorder on Sheldon’s part.  Though they’ve won me over with clever repartee and accurate comic book and Star Trek references, I’m still a little bit troubled by Sheldon’s behavior and its seeming resemblance to (among other things) Asperger’s Syndrome…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) lived with a librarian once, and now knows the difference between and “mass noun” and a “count noun”, heaven help us, asking:  Is it okay to laugh at fictional characters who seem to have real-world emotional or psychological issues?