8.14.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter

You do see Lacey’s point of view a little bit more these next few episodes and that’s probably because she’s spending a little bit more time with Danny and also with Jo. A little bit more, but it’s mainly from Jo’s point of view.

~ Kylie Bunbury
Someone on the Blasian Narrative asked if the writers on Twisted felt justified about clowning on Principal Mark Tang, an East Asian character, because the main character was Danny Desai, a South Asian character.

I ask a similar question: did the writers make the Black girl a Queen Bee so they could find an excuse to slowly and exquisitely tear her down?

On the surface, this week's episode is about humility for Lacey Porter, about learning that popularity isn't everything and that honesty is a foundation for a lasting friendship.

Blah blah blah.

Hey, here's a kick in the head: your dad is a closet case constantly arguing with your mom while your best friend is sent away for (allegedly) murdering his aunt.  After he's sent away, your parents begin a bitter divorce and your other best friend - the perpetual victim? - can't shut up about her problems, because in her mind, you're the Black friend.  You don't have problems.

As far as I'm concerned, Lacey already did her time and didn't need to be torn down any further.

But...heeeeeeeere we are.  We've got a sex tape (granted, the Walt Disney version of a sex tape) gone viral with the Black girl looking like the town hoe, and now the Queen Bee is suddenly an outcast.



And for the record, no...I'm not impressed with Jo nor do I sympathize with her.  To me, her whirlwind obsession with Danny and out-of-the-blue love for Lacey (seriously...didn't they loathe each other just weeks earlier???) are merely signs of a lonely, desperate person who doesn't have friends or a social life and will do anything to change it.

Exhibit A - Danny hadn't been home from juvie for five minutes before Jo started following him everywhere and without question.  And people keep pointing this out, but it's not fully registering for her.

Exhibit B - That episode where they did that PSA was supposed to be about helping Danny get closer to Lacey.  Somehow, Jo winds up in the lead role.  It was never about helping Danny get forgiveness or reconnecting with Lacey; for her, it was about not being a social outcast anymore.

Exhibit C - When a dude you like reveals that he thinks of you as a sister, that's not your cue to turn his expulsion hearing into your confessional.  In other words, when the future of his education is on the line, you don't go before the school board and argue that he simply cannot be bad person because you're falling in love with him.



Seriously - what the fuck?

Now...next week's episode appears to be Lacey-centric on the surface, but again...it's only after ten episodes of Jo-centric drama, and its focus is Lacey's (hopefully) lowest point.  I'd have to stop watching if the writers go any lower than this.







I mean...is anyone even tempted to watch that shit?

Let's be real, though; we knew something like this was going to happen eventually.  On the bright side, Kylie Bunbury and Ashton Moio finally got to interact with each other directly and the chemistry of their off-screen relationship shone through their attempts to act like strangers.







Now more fans are starting to muse about these two characters getting together.

28 comments:

  1. I'm pretty certain I'm going to rage-quit this show at some point. I've been rolling my eyes so hard at Jo's secret looks of longing at Danny, sudden adoration for Lacey and her need to be the catalyst of nearly every happening in the show that I've probably missed half of the last few episodes.

    Ugh, I just feel like the show is set up to demonstrate how wonderful, forgiving and compassionate Jo is while painting everyone else as inconsiderate assholes who live to stomp all over her victim fee-fees. Poor, tragic Jo. ::eye roll::

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    1. Ugh, I just feel like the show is set up to demonstrate how wonderful, forgiving and compassionate Jo is while painting everyone else as inconsiderate assholes who live to stomp all over her victim fee-fees. Poor, tragic Jo. ::eye roll::

      BINGO.

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  2. I don't even watch the show, but why does Jo remind me a bit of Bella Swan? I guess it's the similarity of the rather plain girl pining over the good-looking, out of her league mysterious guy that she can't have. *shrugs*. If that's even a little bit on point, at least she has flaws unlike Mary Sue Bella.

    Jo also seems to be suffering from the Sookie Stackhouse effect where all of the supporting characters On True Blood are more interesting than She is, and she's the lead. People always say how they watch TB for Eric or Jessica or Lafayette and specifically that thy don't watch it for Sookie. Judging from what I read here and on Tumblr, it seems as if this is also the case with Twisted. Yet the showrunners seem intent on telling the story from this bland character's POV.

    I guess they figure that's the only way that teenage girls would be able to relate, but that's a cop out to me. Weak and uninspired storytelling. It's not bold or fresh or new, and is really just another of he many TV shows
    that all look and play out the exact same way using the exact same tropes. Like Scandal or not, but there's a reason that it's the runaway hit that it is. Good writing that throws away the playbook a lot of the time, told from a WOC's POV for a change. But still gives the other characters interesting storylines hat actually mean something and are not just there to prop up the lead (even though/if those SLs tie in with hers most of the time).

    ~ cinnamon

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    1. Oh, girl preach. ABC really dropped the ball on this one.

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  3. I expessed my feelings on BN,but Zan Romanoff of The Jewish Journal pretty much took the words right out of my mouth...a big shout out to him .

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    1. Zan is the man - took the words write out of my mouth as well. This was some lazy, unimaginative, weak-ass writing, and I'm not surprised the entire writing staff is being replaced.

      How much you want to be the new staff going to be just as pathetic?

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    2. Oh yeah. The idea of the change it probably will be even worse. I'm trying to keep one eye open and the other one closed because of it.

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  4. Furthermore, Jo has Tyler and Rico chasing her. So boo-hoo that Danny doesn't want her - oh waaaaah.

    In high school, when most girls get the, "You're like a sister to me" speech, that's pretty much it. They don't typically have other options lining up to beg and bicker over them; they just have to make do.

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    1. Of course unless they will make Jo become a stalker..lol!

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  5. It's infuriating and cruel, really, to continue to focus on Jo after what they themselves are making the other characters go through.

    Lacey - Had a freaking sex tape with the town pariah leaked, friends shun her, found out her parents' marriage was apparently a lie
    Danny - Had a sex tape leaked, everyone thinks he's poisoned a kid and stabbed another, just been expelled
    Jo - The boy she likes likes somebody else

    HMMMMM. I wonder who'll get the sympathetic narrative and all the attention.

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    1. Wow...you just summed the whole problem up.

      Lacey & Danny are really going through it, and in multiple ways. Jo's only problem is that she likes a dude who sees her as a sister.

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  6. That's why I don't get caught up in these shows. Don't have time, not here for them at all.

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  7. I wish I could feel rage. Like I said last week, episode 09 was the beginning of the end for Lacey. Hollywhite writers have a pathological need to put WoC, especially those with Black African DNA, through the wringer. It's easy to imagine them wanking off in the closet as they try to find new and inventive ways to hurt a WoC. Actually, they failed to do anything extraordinary. As expected, business as usual, was entirely predicable.

    Right now, we should be thanking our lucky stars Lacey wasn't brutally raped and murdered. Then again, Archie's been acting like a psychopath; thus, that path is still open. He lost to Danny. I hope to hell Lacey never slept with Archie.

    What was this episode intended to be? Revenge of the Ugliest Nerds Possible? That Eloise girl, the one who leaked the Kiddie Porn to everyone else, is gross and disgusting to look upon. Lacey snapped at her over the retainer and her response was to leak a sex vid to the popular kids? At least Sarita and Phobe merely looked sick rather than angry.

    Funny enough, if the friends freeze out Lacey, then Lacey only has Danny to turn to. Hilarious.

    I fast-forwarded through the #PoorJo scenes unless Lacey was involved. People relate to that poor pathetic loser? She's considered a role model? She's a better person that Lacey? On what planet? In which universe? Euro-American women and girls believe she's special? Seriously? ROTFL-LMAO!!!! I'm laughing, ladies. I kid you not.

    After work, I will resume watching the World Athletic Championships because all of the beautiful well-toned sisters of the African Diaspora are such an inspiration. A well-known Japanese actor/singer/sports commentator nearly cried with Allyson Felix went down. He's never wavered in his adoration for her.

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    1. Those so called " Janny" losers only relate to her because of the color of her skin. It's amazing.No matter how relevant a character is, if it isn't white they're going to say they can't relate to it. A Black person can sing the same song, do the same dance and write a romance but they'll say " I can't relate to it".

      I don't feel sorry for Jo. Like we all say who is telling her to follow a guy who sees you as a sister? If that Lacey doing the same thing ( God knows I hope that her character never goes there) they would be calling her a stalker,laughing at her and saying how much she doesn't deserve Danny. One poster said that the outrage on Twisted was so bad that they had to end up closing the comments section on the ABCfamily website because of it.To have three main characters POV being relegated into one person is ridiculous.I was expecting suspense with Ep.10,but I didn't expect for the show to be about Poor Jo .( saying that sarcastically and rolling my eyes).

      You can tell when a White writer base their characters on Blacks/POC's because they have to be stereotyped/predictable in the following categories:
      1) They have to play a mammy role
      2) Have to be struggling single parents
      3) Play whores/prostitutes
      4) Play unclassy women/girls
      5) If it's a show like Twisted , the Black female
      characters have to play near nonfunctional nerds and 6) Ever since I was 14 years old, Ive also been noticing the following: whether the Black girls is being approached by the non-Black guy or in Lacey's case, dumping Danny, writers seem to always make them seem cold, snappy and again, unapproachable. I find it funny, how both her and Jo wanted to sever their friendship with Danny yet, Jo is being soft on him while they make Lacey seem continually cold and uncaring for him ( pt 6 "unapproahable Black girl..lol!). That should have been Lacey testifying for Danny not Jo. Man, if I wanted to be a good writer, I wouldn't want to be that predictable with my characters.

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    2. No matter how relevant a character is, if it isn't white they're going to say they can't relate to it. A Black person can sing the same song, do the same dance and write a romance but they'll say " I can't relate to it".

      Given how poor and ridiculous most Euro-American female characters are on television, I don't want to see a Black woman portrayed in this manner. Most of those special little snowflakes are useless to the point of physical pain. It says something about the state of vaunted "whiteness" when young girls and women relate to such emptiness.

      When did this change take place? Westerners have been springing up on my TV for awhile now and the Euro-American women featured can ride, shoot and basically fend for themselves. Even the spoiled rich girls, usually get up off their butts and serve a purpose.

      Oh, I nearly forgot, since the Japanese usually incorporate the deleted scenes, I've noticed MORE Black people in Westerns. Intriguing.

      Of course, I want better for Black females on television; however, I do NOT want them cast in a majority of roles that are doled out to Euro-American women. I don't care how much POV they have, the characters lack in quality and depth.

      Jo is being soft on him while they make Lacey seem continually cold and uncaring for him

      Jo might have been singing a different tune if she'd been as intimate with Danny as Lacey was. I'm not denying that the writers have shit for brains; however, within the story the two girls are approaching Danny from different perspectives. Hence, I don't blame Lacey at all for her attitude.

      As for the testifying, I didn't WANT to see Lacey standing up on behalf of Danny's lying ass because in his world, Jo is the most important person in the universe. I don't care how pretty Avan's hair is, Lacey (i.e. Kylie) is getting the invisible end of this stick. Because Kylie is beautiful and deserves all of the "fuck-you" money she receives, I'm on TeamLacey until the end. I don't care if she dumps Danny for her worthless friends. To date, he isn't worthy of her love anyway.

      Truthfully, if it were not for Lacey/Kylie, I won't be watching this show. I wonder if I'll remember it in January.

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  8. No offense but why are yall calling Lacey a whore? I don't approve of whore/prostitute language to begin with but it makes you guys sound mad prudish. Cause she had sex with Danny? B/c their activity was recorded without her consent? Perhaps she was in the wrong for pursuing him before she broke up with Archie but that is neither here nor there. The focus isn't supposed to be on her. The guy who recorded the video and was later treated like an incorrigible idiot instead of a criminal is the problem. Like he gets to record her without her consent, like a fucking rapist, and no one wants to get the police involved? Why does Rico think it's a good idea to try and "intimidate" him instead of going to the sheriff and protecting Lacey. All throughout Rico has not been thinking about anyone but Jo. He told Lacey about the tape b/c Jo could find out about it. That's the only reason they interacted. Everything revolved around Jo.

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    1. No one's calling her a whore; she's obviously not a whore. The references are to how the video makes her look to everyone else at school. And while the kids have their reactions (mostly amused, as we saw) they're not bringing up the fact that Danny and Lacey's privacy was violated, and that Danny was making out with his girlfriend in his house, and it wasn't anyone else's business, not even Jo's.

      Why does Rico think it's a good idea to try and "intimidate" him instead of going to the sheriff and protecting Lacey. All throughout Rico has not been thinking about anyone but Jo. He told Lacey about the tape b/c Jo could find out about it. That's the only reason they interacted. Everything revolved around Jo.

      Funny you should mention this. While folks are going all #PoorJo, the panel on the AfterBuzz AfterShow have consistently brought up the fact that Jo treats Rico the way Danny treats Jo. She's oblivious to his affection, assumes he'll always be there for her, and thinks of him as a sibling.

      Where's the army behind #PoorRico?

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      Where's the army behind #PoorRico?

      You know, it's interesting that you say that. I was on Twitter on the #PoorJo hashtag just to see what people were saying. First, let me just say that people are not pleased. At all. And they're letting the Twisted/ABCFamily twitter account know directly. Secondly, people are basically saying what you said, except it's more why isn't it #poor Lacey and #poorDanny since they're the ones whose privacy was violated. And why is it all about Jo's feelings to the detriment of everyone else's?

      Also, interestingly, if you go further back in the #poorJo hashtag, to around July 16th, all you see in tweet after tweet is "I hate Lacey even more now." I don't know what happened in that particular episode, but it seems as if the writers have purposely been making her character unlikeable and seemingly like a bad friend to Jo. Maybe there plan has been to build this theme up, so that when this sex tape debacle came to light, everyone would feel bad for Jo and not for the two people they should be feeling bad for. Which again is just bad, sloppy writing.

      If you go on the ABC Family Twisted website and look at the pic of Danny, Lacey and Jo there, Danny is the most prominent with Jo behind and to the side of him and then Lacey a little smaller and behind her. That right there tells me what the hierarchy of these characters are despite the three off them being leads.

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    3. Forgot to add that one person even called Twisted/ABCFamily out for being the one to start the hashtags about Jo. They said something like 90% of all the hashtags started by Twisted/ABCFamily have been about Jo and that Lacey hasn't even had any. To me, it seems clear what ABC Family's priority is here.

      Someone on Tumblr posited that Jo might be the killer, which would make sense. Could be why it's all #poorJo and she's being built up as the one whose POV everything is going through and the victim. That way, when she's revealed as the true perpetrator of all this heinous shit, it'll be all the more shocking. While I agree that it would be a shock, the writing leading up to that reveal has left a lot to be desired.

      Can't believe I'm so caught up in a show I don't even watch...lol!

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    4. Also, interestingly, if you go further back in the #poorJo hashtag, to around July 16th, all you see in tweet after tweet is "I hate Lacey even more now."

      That was Episode 6 I believe, which I touched upon here.

      econdly, people are basically saying what you said, except it's more why isn't it #poor Lacey and #poorDanny

      Those hashtags are in effect and I've reposted this post using them.

      If you go on the ABC Family Twisted website and look at the pic of Danny, Lacey and Jo there, Danny is the most prominent with Jo behind and to the side of him and then Lacey a little smaller and behind her. That right there tells me what the hierarchy of these characters are despite the three off them being leads.

      I noticed that right away as well.

      Can't believe I'm so caught up in a show I don't even watch...lol!

      Girl...imagine if you were watching it. The round table discussions we'd have.....

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  9. Merry Xmas, Ladies. Seems the fanfic writers are working through some issues of their own:

    Five More Minutes

    Not About You

    Don't Push Me

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  10. Question...why are they hiring all new writers? I know that seems like an obvious question given the recent fuckery that's been going on, but they must have decided to get rid of the writers earlier since everyone seems aware of it. Did anything in particular happen to usher the outing of the entire writing staff en masse?

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    1. I think they announced it 2 weeks ago or so. Not entirely certain why they did it though...either way, this show needs a new team.

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  11. By the way, the comments across the blogosphere have been pure gold. Someone pointed out the convenient timing of Avan & Kylie's interviews.

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  12. And has anyone read this bullshit here?

    A secret with the power to exonerate Danny forces Lacey to choose between justice and popularity in the summer finale episode titled "Out With the In-Crowd," airing Tuesday, August 27th at 9:00pm ET/PT on ABC Family.

    A confrontation between Danny and Archie at a soccer team party reveals treachery lurking among the in-crowd. Lacey must make a choice to keep her popular friends, at Danny's expense, or speak out for what she thinks is right. Tyler continues to pursue Jo and Jo makes a decision she might regret. Lacey also discovers that Phoebe may hold the key to unlocking new clues about Regina's mysterious past. Meanwhile, Kyle's suspicions rise when private investigator Marilyn (guest star Stacy Haiduk) unearths shocking new evidence to refute Karen's confession. And Tess realizes it's time to call on the help of an old friend.
    (Source)

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    1. Aaaaand THIS is why I'm happy I waited out the season before I jumped into it. Cuz if I'm this irritated and I don't even watch....

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  13. I've heard it said that the recap episode removed some of the #PoorJo tags. Is this true? Curious.

    A secret with the power to exonerate Danny forces Lacey to choose between justice and popularity...

    Ultimately, this will be Jo's decision, right?

    I've heard that Charles Pratt is even worse than the current writers and many people predict doom for Lacey. Thoughts?

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  14. So after coming in with the lowest of expectations yesterday, the show did at least meet those. It was still far more about Jo than I would have wanted, but at least Lacey didn't end up completely the pariah and ignored by Danny the whole time.

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