OK, maybe it's because I'm a guy who is, admittedly, more than a little insensitive to other people's feelings. It's a character trait I'm not too proud of and one that has gotten me into trouble more than once. Still, I think the whole "Let's Hate Stan!" thing is more than a little out of line.
For example, Stan had the guts to go to Penny to tell her what was going on with Michelle after he figured out what Helen & Co. were up to. Then Stan and Brandi showed up at Michelle's door less ten minutes after Penny and Sara
. And why were they late? Because they had to take care of Helen and Jack first after the party. Those are most definitely NOT the actions of a guy who always puts himself first.
Second, I've been backwards and forwards through the second election debate and I still can't see why anyone other than Brandi would be all that pissed at Stan. Brandi's name never comes up during the debate
, for one, so it's not like he's smearing her good name.
For another, if you read it as a fast paced exchange of quips between Stan and Cyndi where Stan thinks they're just trying to one-up each other, it seems pretty obvious to me that Cyndi set him up. You'd think that Aggie, who sees it for what it is would cut Stan at least a little slack. If Aggie can see it, then you'd think Penny would, too. She's the more socially astute of the pair, after all.
Will Stan look out for number one? Yes. Will Stan let his friends down because of it? Not if he can help it. If anything, he goes out of his way to back his friends up when he can. There's a strip or two (that unfortunately I can't find) where he goes out of his way to enlist Penny's aid covering KA and Jack while he goes after the election. Again, you'd think Penny would remember that and cut him at least a little slack.
Or is the whole concept of Christian forgiveness too foreign these days?
Sigh. What do I know about teenage girls? I'm helping raise 3 of 'em and I still don't have a clue how they think!
P.S. Just out of curiosity, why does the archive page stop on Chapter 45?