One of the things that constantly bothers me about...well...tens of millions of people is just how dead satire, poetry, and the skill set of critical thinking and comprehension all are.

Turn your brain off? You're gonna miss the point of what you're watching.
One of the best things about problematic characters is not watching how they develop, but seeing the subtext--the way in which the irony of the situation in relation to the characters showcases itself in real time.

You're not supposed to like Tony Soprano.
The Sopranos aged like fine wine with it's critiques on things like toxic masculinity, mental health, the strain that tradition has on a person, the absurdity of modern life, the absurdity and futility of a wealthy lifestyle, critique of power and just so much more
A gag is whenever Tony asks, "Whateva happened to Gary Cooper? The strong and silent type? Y'know, men don't need to go see shrinks! They need to toughen up! Now there was a man! Did what he hadda do!"

To which folks usually reply, "Gary Cooper isn't real, Ton"
There's layers of irony here. Remember too, The Sopranos is a heavily psychological show. Having a psychological lens is helpful for critiquing this show.

For Tony, he signifies and idolizes Gary Cooper, an old actor who played parts in Westerns, bc Tony has insecurities

For Tony, Gary Cooper is a pure version of his father. His father was a mobster as well that traumatized him bc of him witnessing his dad cut off a guy's finger.

As a result, a trigger for Tony's panic attacks is eating red meat that he usually stress eats with...
So whenever Tony sees things that particularly annoy him, he projects his own insecurities, failures, and much more by invoking Gary Cooper as an ideal that people can do (and by extension, himself) just like a picturesque, romantic Western.
As a famous example, this scene is heavily discussed in academia, critic circles, and just heavily discussed from an entire episode of Christopher Columbus Day being turned into Indigenous People's Day

Notice how they talk together with this context
Same episode brought you this meme.

There's so much more to unpack.

To hyper focus on the surface level of a character's characteristics is ridiculous.

The idea that a writer endorses the actions that their characters do is absurd and Kafkian. It's anti italian discrimination
Things can be a bit complicated too

There ARE things to critique! There ARE things where the irony is stretched so thin, that it actually goes beyond the characters and portrayed culture being problematic, such as how this particular gay couple is treated
CW: homophobia, transphobia

One thing that never sat well with me is how some scenes really are dated with it's humor and graphic quality. It's in poor taste.

This couple with how they're offed is over the top and in poor taste. You can question that decision. It's weird
Idk. I just don't have much faith in most film critics in mainstream outlets. Never have. It's been a thing that's upset me since high school and it's what got me into content creation, actually!

Anyways. Enough ranting.

I gotta eat and work.

Sorry for the rant >~<

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