ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (AB-FAB): was a bawdy British sit-com that was a cult hit here in the States in the late 90s and early 2000s. Its co-creator Jennifer Saunders wrote and starred in all the episodes. It was a send-up of all that was trendy, shallow, shiny, crass and empty. The two main characters, Edina (Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley), were self-indulgent, shallow, amoral and without a decent value between them.
Saunders’ writing was funny, often hysterical. Her words were at times insightful.
The characters were constantly tormented because the bling, exotic trips and life’s excesses the two indulged in never could fill the cavernous void inside of them.
One scene had Edina sleeping fitfully when an angel appears and sings a beautiful song to her. But then the Devil shows up.
The angel and the Devil insult one another for a short while, but eventually call a truce and talk civilly. It’s not long before both begin to lament the current state of the world with its mean-spiritedness, crudeness, vulgarity and it now being nearly devoid of decency.
The Devil is greatly troubled that the world now easily embraces things that were once considered vile and despicable. Knowing that nobody longer fears her, she asks the angel “If I’ve become acceptable, then what’s the point of me?”
Thinking about the nightmare that Donald Trump continues to put our country through, I have to ask, “What is the point of having a Devil when we’ve got it covered up here?”