If you’re offended….I…I don’t really care.
I have more than a few bones to pick with some of #yall and you might not like what I have to say. And yes I used a hashtag in a sentence.
During the weekly ritual of downing a bottle of Merlot while watching a 3 hour block of television with Twitter, also known as the popular ShondaLand Thursdays, I witnessed some of the most ridiculous set of tweets that I have EVER seen. And no, it’s not the recycled jokes that we have seen week to week in regards to the tiring relationship between Fitz and Olivia.
Which spawned this reaction:
GERL. GO ON AND GET YOU A DRINK AND RELAX. IT’S NEVER THAT SERIOUS.
This is not the first time I’ve seen someone say this when it comes to any show (and for the sake of the argument, I’m speaking on scripted shows) that involves any type of sexual behavior or untraditional values being put on display. I’ve had it with just about over analyzation of every person of color’s roles on television. And this is not to sound like I’m ignoring racial matters or stereotypes, because I’m fully aware of them.
I’m going to break this down for you all one last time because I’m just about sick of saying this. TV shows such as Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Blackish, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. are on television because they make for good TELEVISION. They are not meant to display reality in any capacity; and no amount of fake knowledgable thinkpieces and misguided tweets on misogyny and stereotypes are going to change the fact that these are made strictly for entertainment value. Some of you sit around waiting for shows like Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder to air JUST so you can bash them and show everyone how smart you think you are.It would be one thing if we had these beautiful women of color playing into the stereotype of the neck-rolling, “bitch please”, negative attitude possessing, black woman, or if we were discussing the reality shows that air on Monday nights that some are all too happy to watch and tweet about, but we’re not. Newsflash idiots, producers like Shonda Rhimes are in fact doing the opposite of what some of you are saying; breaking the mold of the “ratchet” black woman and showing them as women who are powerful in their own right, while being human too.
You have to understand that the entertainment industry is a business, and the sole end point of that business is to earn money – lots of it. And in order to have a successful show in this era, there needs to be certain level of ridiculous attached to it. Sex and adultery have been the forefront of plot lines long before women of color were even allowed to have leading roles in the first place. Take the Shondaland shows for what they are – sexy, strong, and filled with bad behavior, and not meant to educate anyone at all. If you’re looking to watch something of value, head to Netflix and watch a documentary and stay off of twitter for the remainder of the night. And if you’re upset that sex sell, well I’m sorry to tell you, but it’s time that you pick up and move to another country and escape this sex filled society we live in called America. Because NOT a single soul wants to hear your “educational” ranting while we’re fan-girling over Viola Davis taking her wig off on national TV.
How many times do I have to tell people that you’re no better than anyone else just because you skimmed through a few books in college? Just because you don’t watch a particular show, doesn’t make you any better off than the rest of us that do. Why do you feel the urge to share with the world how much you hate a show because of the stereotypes portrayed? Why do you feel the need to validate your “blackness” and your “feminity” by bashing a show based on mindless entertainment and the people that watch it? Most of the time, your own tweets condescend your “factual opinion” on race relations and stereotypical portrayals in the media anyway. Take your self-righteous behind and have a long nice nap in a wasp’s nest. You’re not needed here.
A few tweets laced with misused “big words” aren’t going to cut it. And if you really want to make some changes in your community, get out mentor some youth on the importance of history and breaking the ice on stereotypes, instead of sitting on twitter for two hours and complaining while you do nothing about the matter. Otherwise, kindly shut the f*ck up forever.
Have a blessed day!