1.25.2014

Damn! Another One???

This will be brief.

Apparently, there’s another show on TV with a sistah heading the cast…as some man’s jump-off.  I’m not going to belabor the point, as you guys already know how I feel about this.  This network side-hoe trend that began with Scandal, continued with Deception (a show that was gratefully canceled after one limp-dick season), and is now manifesting with Being Mary Jane needs to die quick, fast and in a hurry.  It’s not cool.  And while I love the idea of sistahs starring in their own prime-time TV shows, I do not care for it coming at the expense of their integrity or sexuality.  This has got to stop, but until the ratings for shows like Scandal or BMJ (Deception suffered from a plethora of problems in addition to using Meagan Good as a Lure) drop into the negatives, it won’t. 

*sigh*

What is wrong with giving us a 2014 rendition of Clair Huxtable?  Or even better, how about giving us a sistah protagonist who’s happily single, living her life, and doing her thing without being encumbered with complicated relationship issues?  What in the hell is so difficult about that?  It is a life, a reality that a great many of us choose without an eyelash of regret.  I remember fondly a show called Living Single, and my two favorite characters were Maxine Shaw (played by Erika Alexander) and Regine Hunter (played by Kim Fields).  Max was the best-dressed attorney on TV, and her goal was moreso about mooching food off her bff Khadijah (Queen Latifah) than getting boo’ed up.  And Regine, a conceited social climber, wanted to get wifed by a wealthy man who could take care of her.  There was also Khadijah’s cousin Synclaire (Kim Coles), who was in a healthy relationship with Overton, the building super.  I don’t recall any of those fabulous women choosing to be a sideline hoe, and I do recall Living Single lasting several seasons.  Why can’t we have a show like this again?  

17 comments:

  1. Amaya, only you can write a serious post that has me nodding and busting a gut all at once.

    But it's all true! I hear people justifying Pope and company by saying that characters should have flaws and what not. Flaws, yes, ok. But so far all the flaws I'm seeing are Dizzy Heifer Side-Piece ones. Where's the workaholic? The super-driven woman who will get the life she wants, f**k you very much? The ones, like Regine, who wants to be a rich man's hot wife and nothing else?

    Some variety wouldn't hurt, y'know.

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  2. I guess it's a matter of what sells and unfortunately all of the following do .

    I admit,I like romance but I get you about this issue. These days, to find good programming is like finding a needle in a haystack.. its a thing of the past. I'm not a big watcher of TV but when I do watch it,it either be cooking shows or international programs.I'm so fed up with these fake reality shows.

    To me, true successful Black shows/black lead shows are ones that don't involve their characters playing typical/expected roles nd Scandal comes to mind.A lot of Black actresses and even some White ones wanted to play on the show because they felt it would be big money and without them bring direct.. felt that since the show about a a Black woman going with a White president..that the show would do well.Media do not want truly unadulterated Black shows. They only want those that doesn't involve a lot of Black people or show them in a good light. Shows lime a Different World, Living Single and especially The Cosby Show were examples of Black shows that were unadulterated and enjoyable to watch.

    I agree. Good Black programs are needed. If media isn't treating them like nothing, the put Black shows/characters in one box thinking that they are all the same and that we all have the same tastes in pictures.

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  3. Yessss!!!! You're not the only one who feels this way. I'm done with these type of shows being the encapsulation of how sistah's keep a man. It's preposterous.

    http://www.benthethird.com/bougie-flawed-and-immoral/

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  4. "Or even better, how about giving us a sistah protagonist who’s happily single, living her life, and doing her thing without being encumbered with complicated relationship issues?"

    Sleepy Hollow, tho!

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    1. I have something to say about this as well, but it relates to the stall in Abbie's character development in favor of Ichy's ridiculous man-pain and the shoehorning of Katrina. I stopped watching SH after they neutered the Horseman. They were doing so well with her and then had a large dose of let's-fuck-this-shit-up.

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    2. Not to mention made Ichabod's son the Horseman of War. WTF????

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    3. Jaysus Gawd, WHAT?????????? I mean, WHAT???? What in everlovin' tarnation????

      I'm done. I am. Not watching this show anymore. I knew it was too good to be true. How can you have a winning formula and DEVIATE from it?

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    4. *blink* You didn't know about that?

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    5. I stopped watching after they tore the balls off the Horseman and that creepy tree haunted house episode where Abbie's meemaw delivered Katrina's baby. Rest assured I won't be watching any more. Not even curious as to the outcome.

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  5. Firstly, has anyone else noticed how "flaws" are "in"? Like, it seems every writer/showrunner/filmmaker is going out of their way to write "flawed" characters, and then tell us all about how they're "flawed", and how those "flaws" are, like, OMG totally awesome.

    Um...if your characters are human, then by definition, they should be flawed. Being "flawed" is supposed to just go without saying. "Flawed" is automatically assumed. We don't need you to tell us, "Oh, and by the way, Main Character is flawed so pay attention cuz an example of their flaws is about to show in three...two...one..." A character without flaws is a joke. A character without flaws is, well...white.

    Because of their growing unwillingness to simply show a bad yet fully-fleshed out white person who gets rightly gets what's coming to them - with no excuses or justifications or but-you-gotta-understands as to while they're bad - white people developed the concept of the "flawed" character, i.e., an idiot/jerk/sociopath who consistently does dumb/reckless/evil shit, yet whom we're supposed to root for and/or sympathize regardless with because they're not "bad", they're just "flawed" (remember Walter White? How about Dexter, a serial-killing sociopath who's conveniently written to only go after bad people? How about Captain James T. I-break-all-the-rules-and-kill-half-my-crew-and-treat-women-like-ish-and-destroy-my-ships Kirk? Fuck, even Tom daddy-never-loved-me Riddle, a.k.a. Lord-fucking-Voldemort!).

    And now black writers are trying to sell us the same bit and it's even more annoying when they do because they're copying and pasting a lazy, immature, inorganic style of writing.

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    1. Some audiences have complained about characters being "too perfect" and other audiences are sick of one dimensional stereotypes, so they started giving characters "flaws" which I'm learning are basically giving the traits that are opposite of stereotypical or "too perfect" character. A lot of times the flaws are just as one dimensional as the perfectness and the stereotype, there's no depth to these characters, they're just not what you would usually see on tv. Writers are basically trying to cash in on demographics that are largely ignored with the littlest effort possible.

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    2. A lot of times the flaws are just as one dimensional as the perfectness and the stereotype, there's no depth to these characters, they're just not what you would usually see on tv. Writers are basically trying to cash in on demographics that are largely ignored with the littlest effort possible.

      Sounds about right.

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  6. A lot of times the flaws are just as one dimensional as the perfectness and the stereotype, there's no depth to these characters, they're just not what you would usually see on tv.

    It's lazy storytelling. Why can't Olivia have a mood disorder? Why can't Mary Jane be trying to find her way after the loss of a loved one? Why does the flaw have to be that of a sideline hoe? I just see this pattern getting worse instead of better. I mean, I'd appreciate Scandal more if Olivia woman'd up, got the entire hell over Fitz, and told him to death-drop on a dick the next time he came calling. I'd enjoy it more if we saw her struggles as she moves past that relationship while keeping her eyes on the prize. I'd like to see her make attempts to actually date other men without fucking (that whole thing with Jake just didn't rub me right at all). Maybe the inclusion of Mama Crazier-than-a-shithouse-rat Pope will help in that regard.

    Guess that'd be too much like right.

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    1. "Why can't Olivia have a mood disorder? Why can't Mary Jane be trying to find her way after the loss of a loved one? Why does the flaw have to be that of a sideline hoe?"

      Yeah why does the downfall of these black female characters always have to involve a man. She could be poor, uneducated, lives in the hood but apparently none of that stuff causes any problems for her, what causes all her problems is a low down man. She could be educated, have career, be rich but is she stressed by any of the stuff? Nope! She's stressed over a man. She could be emotionally unstable and suicidal but was it a bad childhood or some traumatic past event that makes her attempt suicide? Nope, it's a man!

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  7. A lot of this is racist and a lot is sexist. How many shows with a white woman lead shows her doing her thing without a man?

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    1. Not that many. As a matter of fact I can't think of any. Almost all shows with women have them (if they are single) dealing with man issues.

      Maybe there are some I don't know about.

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