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Memory Lane: When Black Folks were Allowed on TV

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 6, 2009 by thebibliophile

You have to go all the way back to the ’90s to see Black folks on tv….

So classic…



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 24, 2009 by thebibliophile

So, have we all decided that sexist, revisionist plots and representations of womyn are back in style? Shame on ABC, their new show Eastwick, is a hot mess. The plot is similar to the film The Witches of Eastwick, but ABC’s version lacks the film’s subversion, great acting, and subtle social commentary. And to be clear, it’s not that the film was great, and not filled with problematic issues, but what ABC presented last night was a farce of empowerment for womyn; it was just degrading. From the production quality fo the show, to the acting, to the writing and plot, it was a disaster.

Which is a bit ridiculous, since the ABC Eastwick, hews to closely to the original movie’s plot – the womyn have martinis, the discussion of womyn’s lives, goals, dreams. But the television version lacks all sense of bite and self awareness on the part of womyn, which the original film was, or at least seemed, chock full of.

Perhaps Page Wiserson sums it up best in her review, when she says:

Rebecca Romijn, Jaime Ray Newman and Lindsey Price (“Lipstick Jungle”) aren’t stepping into the shoes of Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer directly. Good move. Romijn’s new character is a fertility-goddess sculptor – I suppose the world needs those, too – who scandalizes the town with her younger lover (Matt Dallas of “Kyle XY”). Newman is a full-time working mom of many, many children, and Lindsay Price is relegated to writing “fluff” at the local newspaper.

Really? In the 22 years since the movie came out, women still haven’t figured out that they can leave their boorish husbands, or that they deserve equal treatment at work? Wait, it gets worse. When these three finally come together and find strength in friendship, what do they wish for?

A man, of course. Presumably to show them the way.

I’m not sure where the female-empowerment journey is going to go from the first episode, or if this is some sort of post-post-feminist irony I’m not picking up on. We will give them the benefit of the doubt. What really distracted me was that so many elements of the show reminded me of better entertainment.

Wiserson sums up my feelings precisely. Especially when she speaks of the lovely and uber-talented Sara Rue, here overlooked as a (gasp!) sidekick, when as Wiserson says, she should probably be a lead. With her perfect time, energy, and ability to work in ensemble while carrying a show, I’m surprised she wasn’t cast in a more prominent role.

And of course, we know there is no ethnic diversity in the show. Eastwick is┬áprobably a sundown town, anyway….

A hot mess.