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It’s a tough world for advice columnists, especially when people are sending them not-so-serious questions and concerns. This week, the Winnipeg Free Press advice columnist, Miss Lonelyhearts, received a query from a reader asking for lifestyle advice. Unfortunately, that reader was actually just spitting out the plotline for Full House. Check it out.
My wife was recently killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. She left behind our three little girls, the youngest being only six months old. My job keeps me very busy and sometimes has me working unpredictable times of the day and week. I know I'm not going to be able to raise my children all by myself. I have recruited my brother-in-law and best friend to live with me and help raise the children. Do you think having three males in the house raising children is the right thing to do?
Full House has been around long enough that most people should at least be faintly familiar with the plotline of the series that made the Olsen twins super famous. In San Franciso, a suddenly widowed single dad must figure out a way to raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie and Michelle. He enlists help in the form of his best pal and his brother-in-law to raise the girls. As you can see, the letter has an awful lot of similarities to the plot of the hit comedy. Someone was playing a trick and Miss Lonelyhearts fell for it hook, line and sinker, advising the man to keep a “small library” of child-rearing books in order to make sure everyone is on the same page. Definitely, not how they did it on Full House.
This isn’t the first time Miss Lonelyhearts has been the butt of a joke, unfortunately. About a year ago, another reader similarly sent the plot of Breaking Bad in basically from the perspective of Skyler, asking what she should do now that her husband has inoperable lung cancer and has been behaving in a sketchy manner. That query also received a sincere response from the advice columnist, who is obviously lacking in pop culture savvy.
Seriously, I have no idea how the Winnipeg Free Press isn’t on the lookout for these sorts of queries at some point. Now this has happened a second time, hopefully she will be. Especially since Full House has been all over the news lately, with a new series heading to Netflix in 2016 called Fuller House. This time around, single mom D.J. will be raising her own children after her husband dies, with the help of sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy, of course. Keep your eyes peeled Miss Lonelyhearts, as you might be seeing a another query come your way from a trickster's letter over the next several weeks.