Houseguests GinaMarie, Aaryn, and Kaitlin referred to historically marginalized players as “tokens.” Sadly, they aren’t too far off in their assessment. Characters like Andy, Candice, Howard, and Helen are reduced to mere tokens when production fails to include micro-aggressions that they have to endure on a day-to-day basis.
What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house? Moreover, why do historically marginalized players have the exclusive burden of narrating past acts of racial, ethnic, and sexual brutalization when we see this sort of discrimination enacted INSIDE THE HOUSE? Big Brother, I LOVE you, but, if you really want to provide a groundbreaking twist, SHOW CBS VIEWERS HOW SOME STRAIGHT, WHITE PEOPLE talk about gays, Asian Americans, and African Americans. Capitalize on the Paula Deen controversy! Hate speech is currently a hot topic in the United States. It would be irresponsible to punt on this issue.
No, really. I just started watching Breaking Bad and I somehow watched eight episodes in about 24 hours. What is my life?
The was me with Californication this weekend. The only thing that put an end to the sloth-a-thon was that Netflix only has the first season available for streaming in Canada.
I did the same thing with Californication! At first I rented it, then I got tired of waiting for new DVDs to come out and I downloaded it (totally legally, of course
cough cough). I’m all caught up now.
No, really, though. Breaking Bad is SO good. I’ll run out of Netflix episodes in a few days, I’m sure.
My greatest accomplishment in this time I haven’t been working has been all the TV I have managed to watch. My slothdom has reached incomprehensible heights.
I would love to think the vacation time that I’ve accrued will be well spent, but I’ll probably fritter away the excess at home, in front of Netflix.