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