I know how I should feel about Meredith Vieira’s sexual harrassment of a young, strapping Navy pilot who showed up on that-show-I-did-not know-still-existed, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. I should feel unamused. Dour. Embarrassed. Wet willies came up. Eeeewwww.
Instead, I thought it was kind of hilarious. Vieira may be horny as she admits, but she ain’t old, and Max Shuman (which I originally heard as Nat Sherman, with my cigarette brain, which was doubly-exciting!) handles the attention with aplomb and playful modesty. My reaction was more along the lines of, “Getchusome, Vieira! And then pass me a piece of that action.”
Yeah, yeah, if the sexes were reversed, it would be unbelievably icky. But I can’t get riled up about it, because Mr. Shuman seemed quite capable of taking care of himself and, honestly, I do enjoy a little reverse exploitation in good humor. Feel free to disagree, or share your own appreciation for Max or Meredith (looking fine herself) in comments.