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Hawkeye & Trapper: Hilarious or Harassing? MASH's Dark Side You Won't Believe! Get Ready to Rethink a Classic!
2024/05/12

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MASH: A TV Classic with Flaws

"MASH", the beloved television series about a group of Army medics stationed in Korea during the Korean War, remains a classic for its groundbreaking approach to dark humor and its exploration of sensitive themes. Despite its enduring legacy, re-examining the show five decades later reveals elements that haven't aged well. 

Harassment at the 4077

"Hawkeye and Trapper", the lovable rogues of the 4077th MASH unit, were infamous for their relentless pursuit of the nurses.

While some of their antics could be considered harmless flirting, their persistence even after being told "no" clearly crosses the line into harassment. This behavior, played for laughs in the 70s, feels uncomfortable and unacceptable today. 

Infidelity Was Rampant

The show also normalized infidelity, depicting it as a casual aspect of life at the 4077. "Frank Burns" shamelessly cheated on his wife with "Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan", who was complicit in his infidelity.

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"Trapper John", despite having a family back home, also engaged in affairs with nurses. This casual approach to infidelity, while reflective of the era, feels outdated and morally questionable today.

Margaret's Sexualization

Margaret Houlihan, initially a highly sexualized character, was often reduced to her romantic exploits.

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