Tracey and Judy meet outside their junior high school on the first day of school.
Tracey:Â “Hi, Jody!”
Jody:Â “Hi, Tracey! Â How was your summer?”
Tracey:Â “It was great.”
Cindy comes over to them, waving hello.
Cindy:Â “Hey, guys? Â Did you see Miley Cyrus at the VMA awards? Â What did you think?”
Tracey: Â “Lame. Â I didn’t even watch it until later. Â I was busy preparing for this year’s algebra class.
Cindy: Â “Before school even began?”
Tracey: Â “Yeah. Â I so want to get into Yale after high school.”
Jody:Â Â “I didn’t watch it at all. Â I have no time for mindless fluff. Â I spent my summer volunteering at a homeless shelter downtown.”
Cindy: Â “I hear you. Â The whole show was boring. Â I just had it on in the background while reading about Syria in the Sunday Times Week in Review.”
Tracey:Â Â “I don’t get what the whole big deal about that performance was all about. Â It’s not like because of some celebrity that I’m suddenly gonna walk around sticking a big finger up my hoo-hah. Â I’m not an idiot.”
Jody:Â “TV is soooo stupid.”
Tracey:Â Â “I know. Â I’m kinda worried about my mom. Â She watches TV all the time. Â Such crap. Â With such bad values. Â You ever see any of those Real Housewives shows?”
Jody:Â “OMG! Â Such bitches. Â My mother watches that crap too! Â I’m so glad our generation would never act like that.”
Tracey:Â “Sometimes I just wish my mother would read a book instead. Â By someone good, like Joyce Carol Oates.”
Cindy: Â “My mother watches this other TV show. Â On cable. Â I forget what it’s called. Â It’s really disgusting. Â About the old days when everyone was really sexist in the advertising business and there were no people of color. Â And the main character is a total sleaze and shitty to women, and get this — my mom has the total hots for him.”
Tracey:Â Â “It’s like our parents have no morals anymore.”
Jody: Â “You think that’s bad. Â My mom’s favorite shows is about a teacher who deals in meth.”
Tracey: Â “My mother watches this show where the lead guy is a serial killer!”
Cindy: Â “What ever happened to the wholesome shows for adult, like Happy Days and the Love Boat? Â What’s wrong with adults today?”
Tracey:Â “It’s like so sad. Â Adults don’t want to admit to being responsible adults anymore. Â I especially hate they they want to listen to our music. Â Read books for young adults.”
Jody: Â “My parents are totally gross. Â One weekend they downloaded this entire show from HBO about these pampered young women in Manhattan — like twenty years younger than them — who just curse and have anal sex. Â This is called entertainment?”
Cindy starts to cry.
Tracey:Â “What’s the matter, Cindy? Â Are you alright?”
Cindy: Â Â “I don’t want to talk about this topic any more. Â It’s too shameful. Â I try to be a good person. Â To respect my parents. Â To look up to them as people I want to emulate. Â But how can I ever do that when I see them watching that sick weirdo medieval throne fantasy show every week — the one with so much violence, nudity, and rape. Â And they LIKE IT! Â I can’t even look at my parents anymore at the breakfast table. Â It’s like they’re perverts.”
Jody:Â Â “I know. Â I know. Â All our parents are like this nowadays. Â They’ve lost their way morally.”
Tracey: Â Â “Listen, guys. Â We need to stick together. Â We need to focus on school, and not let our parents drag us down into their cesspool of perversion. Â If they want to watch this junk, we can’t stop them. Â But we can be better than they are!”
The Principal walks towards the school.
Cindy: Â “Oh, there’s Principal Andrews. Â It’s time for another school year! Â Thank God we are finally away from our parents.”
Jody moves closer to her two friends, whispering in their ears.
Jody: Â “Listen, I don’t know if I should tell you this, but in July I was at the mall and I saw Principal Andrews there with his wife and kids. Â And he was dressed very casually, like we never see him at school. Â And he was wearing a ratty t-shirt promoting that horrible old rap group N.W.A. from our parent’s day, the one with the repugnant anti-social lyrics!”
Tracey and Cindy: Â “Ewwwwww!”