jeffwinger77 said: About Community: You act as if the age difference between Jeff and Annie is a big deal, yet many classics feature couples with larger age differences- Sabrina, Vertigo. Breezy, My Fair Lady, Last tango in Paris, etc. There are also many real-life happy couples with larger age differences: Douglas and Zeta-Jones. Depp and Heard. Bogart and Bacall. Cooper and Waterhouse. Were you really not aware of all that?
I do think that Annie goes through enough growth between seasons 1 and 5 that she’s ready to have a mature relationship with him. Not as a prize, either, at least not IMO. But it’s definitely weird in the early seasons, yeah.
Er, sure. It’s not only about the age difference - it’s the power dynamics. An arrogant 35-year-old man (or about) having sex with a 19-year-old man who has an obvious, childish crush on him is creepy, even if it happens ofteb and we’ve been conditionned to think it’s okay by hundreds or years of patriarchy. If he was 40 and she was 25 it wouldn’t be as bad, but the way it’s presented? Him taking advantage of the fact that she has a crush on him creeps me out, sorry.
Uh yeah… except that he’s never had sex with her and is nearly always burying his feelings for her under the surface. What season are you even on? SPOILER ALERT: In the season 5 finale, we discover that he’s in love with her, yet he still refuses to talk to her about his feelings. Yes, it was a bit creepy in season 1, by season 5 she’s 23 so it hardly feels like a big deal. And even though she’s 23 in season, he won’t even admit he likes her, let alone have sex with her.
I honestly don’t care that much? I don’t like it, it creeps me out, and it feels forced and cheap to me. Annie’s character growth could have very well happened without making her into a ‘love interest’ or ‘prize’ for the main character. That’s all.