Hot Issues Shameless Can Enlighten You On

Hot Issues Shameless Can Enlighten You On

Can a show of its nature actually have some valid points?

The Millennial generation seems to be full of very unique surprises. Of the number of things to come out of the generation, a staggering number of college degrees, memes, and a stellar taste in television seem to have taken the spotlight of our accolades. For example, think about The Office; maybe Parks and Rec or Always Sunny in Philadelphia. All of those shows are pertinent to todays society, and if you look deep enough into it, you'll leave just a little bit enlightened. However, it has come to my attention that lately a show called Shameless has been stealing the spotlight; for good reasons too. The Show addresses issues such as, poverty, interracial couples, same sex couples, and last but certainly not least, substance abuse. For those reasons and more, I believe everyone should watch Shameless.

As anybody who has seen they show, they know it takes place in Chicago, specifically Canaryville. The main characters are of the Gallagher clan and include, Frank, Fiona, Phillip (Lip), Ian, Carl, Deb, and Liam, inhabit a house thats in complete shambles. There are literal holes in the walls, the chain linked fence outside is listing 20 degrees or so starboard side, and there appears to be decades worth of “patina” on every surface it can inhabit. Of this inhabitants, Frank is an almost functional alcoholic who scams the government among other entities for money. Fiona is obviously the glue. She works long hours, comes home, takes care of the family, sleeps sometimes, and does it over again. Lip and Ian, although a high school students, pull their fair share of profitable but not so legal schemes. Deb and Carl, who are around ten in the first season kick in what they can. Together, through every variety of disfunction, they manage to keep their household afloat.

Judging by the previous paragraph, it seems safe to conclude that the Gallaghers live in squaller. Lately, especially in this past election, it seems to me as though the middle and especially working class people have been the subject of much debate. Poverty has become a front line political issue, and the Ghallaghers can teach the masses a thing or two about the strifes of the impoverished. First and foremost, unpaid bills are an all familiar ordeal to the Gallagher household. In fact, it is not uncommon for the power or water to be cut, on the account of insufficient funds. The Ghallaghers also resort to stealing when times are desperate. One episode in particular, Val, a neighbor and close friend to the Gallaghers, uses a provocative outfit and her flirtatious abilities to distract a dairy delivery man. While he’s busy gawking at her bosom, a Gallagher is pillaging the back of the truck.

For all who don’t know. Val, the woman previously mentioned, is African American, and her Husband, Kevin or Kev as he’s often referred to, is white. This fact alone brings to light the seemingly often overlooked strifes of interracial couples. According to the New York times, in 2015, only 37 percent of Americans thought that interracial marriages was good for society. However that number was up 13 percent from four years ago. With that said, Shameless also addresses the struggles of being part of the LGBTQ community. There are a number of characters in the show that fall into that population of people, but Ian takes the spotlight. The bomb is dropped in the very first episode when Lip discovers some “saucy” magazine clippings of men. Initially, Lip seems disgusted and believes a “hummer” from the experienced Karen Jackson will cure Ian of his gay tendencies. When he finds out he’s wrong, he gets angry. Eventually, as a few episodes pass, so does his lack of understanding of Ian’s sexual orientation.

Lastly, and perhaps one of the most notable themes in Shameless, is substance abuse. The medical miracle that is Frank Gallagher indulges in every kind of poison, pill, and mind altering substance he can get his hands on. He’s spend just about every waking moment of his life in a chemically modified state of consciousness. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, 24.6 percent of Americans 12 or older have used an illegal drug in the last 30 days. It appears as though “Refer Madness” didn’t teach anyone anything, as marijuana is the most popular choice for users. The Runner up, not springily is prescription drugs, which would explain why the use of heroin is making a come back (as they are both opioids). When the supply of one is cut, the user will switch to the other. An economist would call them complementary goods. Anyway, Franks health eventually deteriorates, and leaves the viewers on a cliffhanger as to whether or not he’ll receive the life saving treatment he needs.

Who would have thought that such an absurd show could possibly address such serious and permanent issues? From poverty, the LGBTQ community, and substance abuse, just to name a few, Shameless brings them to the surface. Along with a very unique type of entertainment, the viewer also gets enlightened, and hopefully more aware of them. Perhaps even more likely to become proactive to such subjects. But that all starts with exposure to the issue, and what better way to do it than to sit down with a carton of ice cream, and enjoy some television.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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