Friday List: Asthma Quotes From Pop Culture
Argument over a new band name:
Zack: Follow Them to the Edge of the Desert is memorable and classy.
Brian: I run out of breath every time I say it.
Zack: You’ve got asthma, dude. You run out of breath saying your name.
Dave: Yeah, Brian, we can’t work our name around your respiratory illness.
Brian: Even without an inhaler, Follow Them to the Edge of the Desert is too long.
Zack: Yeah, but when we get famous our fans will shorten it to FTTTEOTD.
At the same time this exchange makes me laugh, it disappoints me, too. Yes, Amy Sherman-Palladino is an otherwise brilliant and witty writer, but did the character with asthma have to be the pale, awkward boy with glasses? Come on. Using the tired asthma = weak stereotype isn’t just lazy creativity. It’s also inaccurate, considering all the strong, super-successful pro athletes and Olympians with asthma.
Oxygen is so important during those prepubescent years.
– Dr. House to mom of 10 year-old asthmatic
It should be a while before I see doctor Death
So, it would sure would be nice if I could get my breath.