I hope that made you smile. It will probably be the last time you do with this post.
I have had it up to here with the racism.
And let me just aim at ABC since that's the big offender last night.
I've pretended like I didn't notice that "Once upon a time . . ." exists in some pre-frog prince Disney world since there are NO DAMN BLACK PEOPLE ON THE SHOW!!!!
I've pretended not to notice that all ABC has to offer -- outside of the shows done by Shonda Rhimes -- are tokens and a lot of White snow. Why, for example, are there no Blacks on "The Middle"? On "Modern Family"? We have Sam(antha) and we have Curtis and sometimes we even get them on the same episode appearing in a significant scene -- although they themselves are never significant. Bud, Sam's partner, has a wife, a pregnant wife. Season two's been all about Bud. Does Sam have a life?
Outside of Rhimes' show, there's Ashley Judd's best friend and business partner on "Missing" (that we probably won't see much of since she's in the US and Ashley's all over Europe looking for her son -- but I do appreciate that Ashley is someone who thinks about representation issues) and we've got Brad on "Happy Endings." I love Brad. I love Jane (his White wife). But it just seems to me that ABC could be offering us something more than one person who is 1/6 of the show. (There are six main characters in "Happy Endings" -- all are adorable but Alex -- they've finally started writing a character for the actress to play and I have high hopes that as the writing of her part gets stronger she'll be even better.)
Now have I made it a point to talk about this over and over here?
If you go back to when I first started watching "Desperate Housewives" -- I only started when Vanessa Williams was added to the cast -- you'll find posts where I said if they don't use her properly, I'll call them out.
I've noted already that she's not treated as a real friend or even a real neighbor.
That was very clear last night.
Her only big scene -- with dialogue -- was when she and Bree spoke. Renee (Vanessa) was going to bail on Mike's funeral. She talked about how Mike got killed by the man he kicked out of her house. And Bree went along with that.
Excuse me? Renee did not go looking for the loan shark. Mike is the one who came to her and told her the Australian guy was going to be killed because he owed a loan shark. Renee paid off the debt. Mike was on the phone with Renee when he saw someone in her home and went over. She didn't ask him to, he didn't ask her permission. He didn't even notify her.
But let's blame the Black woman.
Now if it had just been that, I would have rolled my eyes.
And the fact that they excluded her from the 'all the neighbors get together' scene I would have ignored.
I understand that countertop sit-ins never arrived at ABC or in Marc Cherry's racist mind.
But they made her sing.
At the funeral.
Renee is not a singer. That's not established. Vanessa Williams is a very talented singer.
And she certainly nailed "Amazing Grace" (click here for YouTube video).
Do you get how offensive that is?
All the women on the show (under sixty) gather and nurture one another except Renee -- the only Black woman.
But she's used to sing a gospel spiritual?
Didn't we all think the days of Lena Horne being trotted out for a musical number but not being used as an actress were over?
Hadn't we moved beyond the days when William Faulkner could write notes to Warner Bros. about his re-write attempt on "Mildred Pierce" and how great it would be to get "mammy" Hattie McDaniel to sing Joan Crawford a spiritual?
So Renee's not good enough to mingle with after the funeral, but stand her -- the only Black woman on the show -- in front of everyone so the colored woman can sing yous home to Jesus?
That was so racist and considering the way Lena Horne was treated at MGM, every White person on that set knew what was going on or damn well should have.
Marc Cherry and ABC owe a big apology to Black America.
We are not on this earth to be an accessory for you to look more spiritual or soulful.
It was racism pure and simple.
And before someone says, "Wait! She sang 'My Funny Valentine!'" Yes, she did. She sang it very badly and that was the point. And that's the only time anyone other than Lynette ever saw her sing and Gabby and Bree and Susan were all appalled by Renee's singing on that episode.
Renee wasn't good enough to write some dialogue for but they were happy to let the Black woman sing a spiritual.
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