8.07.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter

"Well...'tis a paycheck after all."
Let the Black girl be popular. Check. Yet, she's so damned insecure about her place in the world, it's difficult to believe she's the queen bee of the school. After all, she fears her valued friends would dump her if they discover her relationship with the hot guy although their murdered friend was always ten seconds away from riding his pole without fearing the consequences.

Let the Black girl have a family. Check. Lacey has parents and a sister. Mom was spotted in an episode. Sister hasn't been. Father will appear to bring drama of his own and probably won't be of any help to his daughter.

Let the Black girl have the hot guy. Check. Yet the actor playing the hot guy openly claims the relationship is based on lust rather than love. Forget that his assessment runs contrary to how he plays his scenes with her.

If everything goes wrong with Lacey, then it's just business as usual.
Orange is the New Black treats POC women better and those characters are prisoners.

Oh, yes...this comment bears all sorts of relevance on this week's ep.

I need to point out a couple of things. Though I'm unable to figure out (or really care) whether or not Danny is a sociopath or who killed whom, I'm already predicting some other stuff...and turning out to be correct.  For example, a few weeks back, actress Maddie Hasson (Jo), mentioned that her character was going to find about Danny and Lacey.  I quote:
She finds out about something else that happens between them. She finds out in a really messed up way. If I found out that my best friend and the boy that I’ve been crushing on... if I found out in this way, I’d freak. (Source)
My immediate thought was, "PLEASE don't let it be through something tacky and tawdry and cliched, like a sex tape."

Then...last week happened.  And now, this week (watch all the way to the end)....



*blink*  Let him do what, Lacey?  Finish that sentence.  'Cause by the way he pushed you back onto that couch, I'm guessing you let him do all sorts of things.

Weeks before Hasson's interview, I was reading on Wikipedia about Lacey's father (finally) appearing on the show. The original blurb is gone, now replaced with the spoiler, but the original talked about Lacey's dad having a secret, and that it involves a man.

Me: *blink* So...Lacey's dad's gay, huh?

*tuned in this week* Guess who!!!!



And here's where we enter seriously problematic territory:
1) We've been bitching about the fact that we'd only seen Lacey's mother once so far.  We'd seen her sister and father never.  This week, Jo invites herself to Lacey's sister's 13th birthday party, pleading, "Let me do this for you."  So once again, we're being told about Lacey and her family through the white girl's point of view.

2) We're at the party for Lacey's sister, Clara.  Literally, this is Clara's birthday party.  Not once in the entire episode do we see Clara.

3) And this is a big one: Lacey's dad is gay and Lacey has no clue.  Jo finds out when she catches him making out with Clara's gymnastics coach in the pantry (yes, "in the closet").  Jo then proceeds to lecture Mr. Porter on how he should come clean to his family and how his daughter loves him no matter what.  Um...where does this 16-year-old white girl get off lecturing a grown-ass black man about his family?  Worse, the revelation causes a domino effect which ends up making Jo look like some sort of hero who saved this poor, dysfunctional black family from itself.


I'm all about Jo and Lacey re-bonding, and I'm all about Mr. Porter being gay, but come on...why must these events occur in a white-serving manner? Why can't the Porters just sort their damn selves out? You're telling me after 14 years of an unhappy marriage, Robin Givens Judy really didn't have a clue?

Believe it or not, there's a (thin) silver lining to all this bullshit. The closer these two get, the more support for their little lesbian ship grows online (what the hell would that be anyway?  Jacey? Lo?).  On one of these vids, a commenter positively remarked about their chemistry (LOL, I know right?)  Granted, I would prefer if it were based on a healthier foundation, but still...it's soooooo much better than watching young girls feel like shit for being lied to/ignored by the boys they like.

***Bonus (from last week's ep)***


5 comments:

  1. How irritating.. and somewhat unreal. Whether Mr.Porter is or is not gay,what business is it for some 16 year old kid to pry in their family affairs. What business is it for Jo to pry in them? The dysfunctional Black family and Jo playing Dr.Phil is getting tired.Laceys folks are supposed to be adults.Can't they solve their issues, talk to an adult friend or a counselor. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

    I thought shall Lacey and Danny's relationship go South, I was thinking that Jo might end up with him (No!), but I didn't even think about a possible lesbian relationship possibly taking place between themThat would be another twist .In spite of what took place with the three of them I still will be with Team Dacey. I want their rmance to continue.

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    1. The dysfunctional Black family and Jo playing Dr.Phil is getting tired.Laceys folks are supposed to be adults.Can't they solve their issues, talk to an adult friend or a counselor. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

      You'd think so. Why couldn't the invisible Clara be the one to find Daddy in the closet?

      I think Danny/Lacey aren't over, just on a hiatus. He'll worm his way back into her good graces somehow.

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  2. I had a difficult time paying attention to this episode. If it wasn't for Dacey's chemistry...

    Perhaps I didn't want to "commit" because I know this is only the beginning of the end for Lacey. When the shit (kiddie porn) hits the fan, she'll be left to fend for herself. Sarita and Phoebe didn't even grace InvisibleClara's party, which made #poorJo pure awesomeness in Lacey's eyes (someone put me out of my misery).

    Here's the thing about Hollywhite. When they hurt a WoC in a drama, they hurt her bad. It's almost as if they get sadistic pleasure from doing as much physical, mental and emotional damage as possible. They'll probably push the "strong Black woman" trope to the limit. I'm sure they're thinking, "How much can Lacey take before we drive her to suicide? Oh wait, maybe we should let her get brutally raped and killed and have the town suspect Danny, too." Or they could decide to make her as pathetic and unappealing as #poorJo.

    Oddly enough, Denise Richards and her weird face is growing on me. It was good to finally have some insight into Danny's past though apparently only blonde people have flashback privileges on this show.

    It was funny seeing Danny trying to blackmail FreakyTang and in a twisted way his failure to do so was somewhat satisfying. It hilarious because Danny said, "I'll screw up your marriage if you don't help my Mom." Tang fires back, "If you screw up my marriage, I'll expel you from school." Uh. Excuse me. The desired outcome should have been a no-brainer for any decent sociopath or anyone who isn't a sixteen-year-old boy whose Mom has confessed to murder she didn't commit. One that I don't care about anyway.

    The business with Mr. Porter made me want to scream for the reasons Ankh already mentioned and because of Mitch. Why did Porter's gay lover have to be Mitch? Mitch, the gymnastic coach who was the source of many martial spats, which had nothing to do with homosexuality. DaddyPorter even had the nerve to complain about InvisibleClara's gymnastic lessons while knowing full well he was paying for his man's upkeep and neglecting his children in the process.

    Since Lacey was clearly designed to be a Sistarella, I'm rather proud of her for dumping Danny's lying ass because she finally found her voice. Up until now, she's basically taken crap from everyone without nary a word. Like a true Sistarella, she internalized everything and allowed it to eat her from inside out. In a twisted way, her relationship with Danny gave her the strength to fight for her own dignity. Danny can't be so easily forgiven because he broke through an emotional barrier or two that transcends whatever he did after removing her panties.

    In all shallowness, T.J. needs to be in every single flashback.

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    1. Perhaps I didn't want to "commit" because I know this is only the beginning of the end for Lacey.

      You really thing it is? A part of me doesn't mind so long as she hooks with Rico next because those two onscreen would be H.O.T. Just imagine...Rico and Lacey running into each other at the diner, feeling down because the people they love have let them down...going for a walk...Lacey mentions trouble with geometry and the Mathlete offers to help....

      Otherwise...they need to bring Dacey back. And I think they will, otherwise a massive part of the audience will drop the show.

      DaddyPorter even had the nerve to complain about InvisibleClara's gymnastic lessons while knowing full well he was paying for his man's upkeep and neglecting his children in the process.

      Oh, snap...I hadn't even thought of that. This is why we need you writing for the club!!!!

      Danny can't be so easily forgiven because he broke through an emotional barrier or two that transcends whatever he did after removing her panties.

      Show of hands - do we really think there was panty removal? 'Cause just when I think ABC family's willing to go "there", they always fall back on the wholesomeness.

      In all shallowness, T.J. needs to be in every single flashback.

      ZERO argument there.

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  3. When they hurt a WoC in a drama, they hurt her bad. It's almost as if they get sadistic pleasure from doing as much physical, mental and emotional damage as possible. They'll probably push the "strong Black woman" trope to the limit. I'm sure they're thinking, "How much can Lacey take before we drive her to suicide? Oh wait, maybe we should let her get brutally raped and killed and have the town suspect Danny, too." Or they could decide to make her as pathetic and unappealing as #poorJo.

    This, by the way, was a damn good point. And I know that on the one hand, they're trying to say, "See? Look how strong she is. Look how she overcomes without complaining."

    This makes Jo look really pathetic, because on the other hand, she experienced less than Lacey, but it turned her into a whining wreck.

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