People have actually referred to the hosts of The Devil’s Advocates Podcast as monsters. We think this seems a bit unfair; we’re mostly just misunderstood and often find ourselves in absurd situations that leave us no way to get out of them without seeming harsh. Sometimes we’re a little too honest for our good, but that’s not a crime unless you’re an executive or a politician. Monsters seems like a more appropriate title for serial killers, and not just podcast hosts that don’t sugarcoat things. Yet, lately the hosts, especially Josh, have found themselves being called monsters. Some people think Josh sounds like a misogynist, or a red pill, or just an obnoxious ass. Those are all true, but that doesn’t make him a monster. Probably. Eh, maybe the listeners have a point. Then again, Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm finds himself in these situations all the time and people think he’s a terrible person, but we all recognize he’s a misunderstood genius. That’s what we are – misunderstood geniuses! OK fine, misunderstood prodigies.
Speaking of misunderstood, it occurs to Ben that certain other monsters who are considered villains really get a bad rap. Last week we covered our thoughts on Billy Zane being the true hero in Titanic, but this week there’s a new target. In the Broadway musical and movie Rent, the villain’s name is Benny. Yes, how apropos. He is the villain because he kicks out the freeloaders after letting them slide on their rent for way too long, and then they break in to their apartment to squat. He lets them stay and even brings their stuff back after the one kid with a job pays the rent. Then he dates the troubled drug addict and tries to clean her up. This is supposed to be the bad guy. You can see that millennials aren’t a new thing; they were always here, they just used to be called bohemians. Ben breaks into song about the matter, because apparently that’s what he does now.
As Chris and Ben lament at their failed attempts at relationships, Ben points out an interesting fact. Chris says that things that end in disappointment aren’t worth trying. Ben argues that it’s almost impossible to avoid disappointment when seeking relationships. Either they dump you, or you dump them, or you stay together but end up unhappy, or stay together and end up happy but they die. The only way to not be disappointed in a potential relationship is to stay together, be completely happy, and then die first. If this were Vegas, I wouldn’t take those odds.