Downton Abbey is soft on homosexuality
Spoiler alert. As I predicted last week, Lord Grantham’s wife and daughters will continue to love him, but they will not acknowledge his headship or submit to him. Lady Grantham has thrown in with her daughters to support the sons-in-law’s new plans for the estate. Eventually Lord Grantham does realize that they still love him, even though they will not obey him, and life goes on.
Having disposed of male headship, the series now attacks the topic of homosexuality. After an extremely convoluted plot, the issue is resolved by citing the gospel, “whoever is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” [I should clarify here that the show came as close as possible to presenting and accepting view of homosexuality, and still appear historically accurate.]
Lady Edith takes on a women’s column, and impresses her editor by making her first article about the young men who were injured in the war. Her editor flirts with her, and it turns out that he is married – his wife is in an asylum and he is not legally able to divorce her since she is not of sound mind.
I predict that the series will take on the thorny issue of divorce in the Church of England, and at some future date, abortion will also get some showtime. In the meantime, baby Sibby is being raised by her dad, and a houseful of doting aunties and grandma; and Mary and Matthew are busting a gut, so to speak, trying to make babies themselves. On a lighter note, to reward those who abandoned the superbowl last week, much of the last hour was devoted to the cricket match.
Note: All this stuff is not worth commenting on for most viewers. But I have noticed that the headship community has taken a liking to this series, and I am hoping that they will be open to the message preached clear and loud that headship is dead, along with many other nasty and oppressive beliefs.