Siwert Band på utmärkta (Blåvitt)-bloggen Grogg sjunger bitterhetens lov. Inte en dag för tidigt säger jag. Hurtig och käck ska man vara, dyster har en viss mystisk charm men att vara bitter det går minsann inte an.
Det enda tillfälle inom populärkulturen jag kan komma på där bitterhet ges någon slags erkännande är i Seinfeld-avsnittet "The Fix Up". Cynthia (Maggie Wheeler, som också spelat Janice i Vänner) pratar med Elaine om misslyckade förhållanden och annat.
Cynthia: There's just no men out there, you know?
Elaine: I know.
Cynthia: I mean the problem is that the good ones know they're good. And they know they're in such demand they're just not interested in confining themselves to one person.
Elaine: I hate the good ones.
Cynthia: Is Jerry one of the good ones?
Elaine: That's a good question, I think he thinks he is.
Cynthia: Well, the mediocre ones are available, but they're so insecure about not being one of the good ones that they're always going, "Well I'm not good enough for you, what are you doing with me?" and eventually I just go, "You're right."
Elaine: You know, maybe you need somebody between good and mediocre.
Cynthia: No, maybe I need somebody who has nothing, somebody who just has to appreciate being with me because he's so desperate.
Cynthia: See, I wouldn't really mind so much, but I feel badly for my mother. I mean, if my mother weren't around, it wouldn't be so bad. But, I'm telling you, if I'm not married by the time I'm forty, I'm gonna have to kill her because it's the only fair thing to do. I just couldn't put her through that.
Elaine: Well, at least you're not bitter.
Cynthia: Who says I'm not bitter?
Elaine: Aren't you too young to be bitter?
Cynthia: No, you can be young and bitter, just maybe not as bitter as I'm gonna be ten years from now, but I'm bitter. Anyway, don't tell anyone.
Respekt till Cynthia!