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So last weekend,probably like most of you I binge watched Jessica Jones.And again probably like most of you, I loved it. It addressed so many issues,such as rape (and the feelings that are a result of it.),PTSD,and abuse from a partner as well as parents.Those messages were clear and to the point,which is something I'm sure we all appreciated. I love the fact that people who have gone through multiple forms of abuse can find a character that has gone through the same tragedy, yet can still be strong,and find a way to start the healing process. Now here is where I might start to make some people a little upset. While there are some messages that are clearcut,while watching,I found myself wondering if some of the things that were happening were just plain old racism that is so prevalent in mainstream television,or was it a genuine criticism of societies treatment of People of Color. Initially those were just questions I was asking myself in the back of my mind while watching,something I didn't really want to pay THAT much attention to at the moment. Until I came across this:
(please read the entire article here to fully understand where I am coming from.) So after reading this article,I also had to ask myself the same question.Did the writers of the show INTEND for these messages to be sent? Or was it just the way the story line developed.I think that its also important to note that Reva doesn't have any lines.She is simply used as a way for the plot to be developed. I also find my self wondering about Nuke (the cop). Even while watching the show,I found myself wondering if his character was meant to portray the behavior of most of the police in this country. While attempting to kill Trish he has the excuse of being under kilgraves' control.Later though,while walking into Jessica's apartment building,he sees malcome,who is under the influence of drugs,and doesn't look very capable of harming anyone.Yet Nukes immediate reaction is to shout at him and to hem him up against the wall, until Jessica pulls Nuke off of him.Again in a later scene after Kilgrave escapes,Nuke pulls a gun on detective Clemons in order to find out where kilgraves' father is.But even after detective Clemons finally releases the information,Nuke still shoots him.Yet when he arrives to where Trish is hiding with Kilgraves' father, he is more in control of his rage,and even leaves when Trish tells him to. I think that the fact that Nuke is going through a type of PTSD himself is one reason for most of his behavior. But I also think that it is implied that even before his experience with Kilgrave,he still suffered from a type of rage that he couldn't control. One last thing. I came across another post that discusses the scene in which Luke is controlled by Kilgrave.It discusses talks about how societies portrayal of black men is that they are violent and uncontrollable, or sometimes even beast like.This also really made me think.Most of the times when domestic abuse is discussed,the offender is a black man,ie football player.So again was this just the way the plot happened to develop,or was this a genuine criticism of this society today? And that is the main point of this card,to ask that question. I know there will be some people who will read this and think I'm being overly sensitive, but I'm just really sick of the representation ALL PoC receive in the media. That's why I really hope that all of these messages portrayed in Jessica Jones were intentional. Thank you for reading.I know it was all over the place, and I'm not a good writer, but I hope I got my point across. I would really like for you all to share your thought with me, and with one another. I want to know what you all think. Okay rant over,peace.
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@shannonl5 It didn't happen to me, it happened to the store. I was a security guard back in 98-99. Long story short. Two suspect looking black guys were decoys as their white girlfriends shoplifted. And I don't think the show was condemning or accepting it. It just showed how someone like that would be treated. Good television should make you ask these questions.
@TerrellHenry ah gotcha. I definitely agree with you there. Good tv should make us think about this stuff and maybe (hopefully) consider why these stereotypes exist in the first place. @ChosenKnight @LAVONYORK I was thinking about this on my run last night and I feel like a large part of the issue is that there are so few roles for POC (across the board, not just within Marvel). And for men of color, it feels like there are so few characters that paint a positive picture of masculinity. There's rarely any nuance, sensitivity, or vulnerability. If our media was more balanced these depictions might be less worrisome but unfortunately these are some of the biggest tv roles for black men (outside of Empire) that I've seen this year
@shannonl5 I definitely agree.but I don't want people to get the wrong idea about the post.I WANT to believe that these character portrayals were a way to address the issue of representation in the media.but I'm just not completely sure if that was Marvels goal because of past experiences.That's why I made the card : to get feed back from other viewers.
@ChosenKnight definitely! And I think this convo has been really good. I also don't really trust Marvel, but I am hopeful if only because I think Netflix has earned a lot of its audience because their original series tend to be so challenging and antiracist. Particularly this last season of Orange is the New Black, it felt pretty clear that the story is not about Piper at all, it's about the other women who are incarcerated with her. Their lives are so rich and complex and Netflix knows that they've found their niche with that. Daredevil didn't really deliver that and it's one of the things fans were most vocal and unhappy about. So I think they definitely notice discussions like these and I'm hoping that they listen and push even further with their following seasons
that's very true. yes im noticing that that with Daredevil too unfortunately. hopefully the learn from that mistake tho.I recall love the idea of challenging peoples view points.I just hope that it really makes people think.