|"Man, dis some bullshit...."|
Whiteness is not the neutral storyteller
Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter
I need to mention something that I've been meaning to say since the pilot. From a creative standpoint, the big question of the show is supposed to be "Is he or isn't he (a sociopath)?" But from the moment I saw his family, neighbors, schoolmates, I asked from a sociological standpoint, "Why wouldn't he be?" Who wouldn't be, in that community? You've got parents flashing fake smiles at everyone, lying through their teeth and leading empty lives, while the kids drink and screw (and poison) their way out of boredom and rivalry. No one feels anything, or thinks about anyone but themselves, so of course they'd have to learn to mimic human emotion.
As you may have guessed, I finally watched the mid-season finale of Twisted and since it's the mid-season finale, I've decided to watch the last ten eps premiering in January, 2014. The least a blogger can do for a new show which started out seemingly okay is watch the first season to the end.
That being said, I'd like to remind everyone in advance of another supposedly diverse show (also with a Blasian romance) that went on a four-month hiatus and came back with all new writers. Remember how well that ended?
But let's get back to the train wreck at hand, shall we? By all means, let's get back to a show where three brown kids - Rico, Danny, and Lacey - are all throwing themselves at the white girl's feet and begging pathetically for forgiveness, and I'm not particularly clear as to why, no matter how many vanillacentric ways it's explained to me. As far as I'm concerned, when your privacy is violated and your business is flashed around town, you don't have to apologize for neither jack nor shit to anybody.
I mean just look at the sheer patheticness. You've got Danny begging for forgiveness and trying repair their friendship while appearing apologetic and guilty about the fact he still feels for Lacey (guess it's not just "passion" after all, eh Avan?).
I don't understand how Jo could just turn her back on him over not sharing her romantic feelings? How in the world does that even run through her head. This made all of Jo's past actions in helping Danny be all about her and her feelings. She wasn't there for Danny. She was there for herself. And if she couldn't get him to want her romantically, she was through with him. Jo has a lot of growing up to do. I think she will do that next half season with the careless mistakes she made in the finale.Does anyone else recall my saying something similar?
A while back on the Bar I talked about how Brown Love was in danger on this show. People often say "Black love" but it's actually Brown Love, because regardless of which combination of brown people, Hollywood has declared war.
That's why POC are often paired with white folks in film and on TV, because when they're paired with one another, the romance is vaguely implied or something always has to go wrong. Twisted is merely the latest example about how Hollywood hates having to include brown people in anything.
Again, this is nothing new; we've been here countless times before. I mean, let's do a quick roll call, shall we?
Danny Desai - Brown kid of East Indian descent, supposed to be the star of his show, hasn't been relevant for over two months. Pariah, outcast, scapegoat, target of physical violence every other week or so. Possibly a murderer.
Vikram Desai - East Indian American character, supposed to be Danny's father and thus relevant and yet has appeared in exactly two flashbacks. Possibly involved in criminal activity, so much that he had to fake his own death.
Lacey Porter - Brown girl of African descent from a dysfunctional family, replete with divorced black parents who constantly argue. She has presumably slept with at least two people on this show while Jo was apparently pure and virginal the whole time.
Rico (Still no friggin' last name) - Nerd of Latino descent, King of All Things Awkward and Socially Inept. Jo's personal love slave...were she to actually find him desirable, that is.
Principal Mark Tang - Brown man of Far East Asian descent. Comedic relief, and not in a good way. Sexual laughingstock with a fetish for blonde hair and apparently no qualms about cheating on his wife.
Sarita (Still no last name) - Scowling brown bitch of unspecified descent, but most likely Latina. The actress is Latina and "Sarita" is a Spanish name. Living definition of one-dimensional.
Jana (Still no last name!) - Queen Regent of the Ditzes, and I do mean All, hail. Brown girl of Far East Asian descent; most notable for obsessing over a white boy who hooked up with her one night mainly because he needed a ride home.
Clara Porter a.k.a. The Invisible Clara - Lacey's younger sister of legend. I didn't even realize Lacey had a sister until the episode with Clara's birthday party where we never see Clara.
As far as I can tell, this episode had exactly two moments that were worth anything: Danny admitting he still cares for Lacey, and the non-surprise that his father Vikram (TJ Ramini) is still alive.
What did y'all think?