This is from March of 1989 and was on the #3 rated show in the country. I’m having a hard time imagining anything similar today because so many people are committed to the myth that this lesson has been learned.
I agree that we wouldn’t see this on TV today but not for those reasons. It’s not because TV executives think rape culture is over. They wouldn’t show it because they want to make as much money as humanly possible and there is a belief, an incorrect and misguided belief, that you can’t say things like this and attract a wide audience. It’s the same principle that eradicated all the great black sitcoms from the 90s including shows like this one. Remember Moesha, The Fresh Prince, Martin, The Wayans, Living Single, Sister Sister, The Arsenio Hall Show? Remember their multi-faceted portrayals of blackness? They’re gone and wouldn’t see the light of day in this “golden era” of television. In the 90s, networks like Fox, for instance, needed to make money and were in the position to take risks. We got UPN, the CW, WB. All these great outlets for entertainment, and I hesitate to say “black” entertainment because these shows were loved by everyone. They were made by us (which is huge) and for us, but they didn’t feel as limiting as say a Tyler Perry movie. But once big money started to roll in and networks started to perk up, they didn’t need us anymore. It became harder for black television and filmmakers to find jobs behind the scenes. If there are no black voices, all that multifaceted goodness just goes down the drain. And let’s not forget the FCC and how they rule with an arbitrary, puritanical, iron fist. In governing the networks, they too are responsible for limited discourse and representation like this scene here. Anyway, I’m rambling. But you get the picture. Networks are well aware of the issues, but if it’s not going to make them money then they aren’t going to talk about it. When they believe defeating rape culture is cool again, they’ll talk about it. When they believe black people on screen will make them money, like in say Basketball Wives, The Real House Wives, The Bad Girls Club (in all their ratchet glory) they’ll cast them. But until then, we are shit out of luck.
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10:52 pm • 30 September 2014 • 50,493 notes
when i think about it, that’s really what my relationship is
two best friends that love spending time together and growing together
who hold hands a lot and sometimes kiss, but nothing else
who plan on being best friends forever
and once we vow the “forever” part
then sexy time will come
but for now we’re just best friends that hold hands and kiss sometimes
this is delightful
10:32 pm • 30 September 2014 • 39 notes
Currently attempting to organize people who are going to Ferguson who want to collaborate on lodging/transportation
People will be organized into groups of 4 and will split the cost of hotel and rental car to travel together.
Organizing groups for this weekend and next for the weekend of planned actions in Ferguson.
If you are interested in going. Please inbox me your name, number and email. And I’ll send you more details.
10:27 pm • 30 September 2014 • 475 notes
The making of MilkMade flavor #114. Crummy Plum
brown sugar ice cream with baked plum crumble
Step 5. Pints of plumlicious ‘scream!
We think this might be one of our new favorites, and we believe our members would agree. One text from member, Michael C. said: “Plum. Dear Lord… Plum.” Yup, that about says it all.
10:27 pm • 30 September 2014 • 106 notes
How Africa Would Look Like if its Borders Were Defined By Ethnicity and Language. By George Peter Murdock,1959
the things they don’t want you to know. but there’s equality though right.
8:49 pm • 30 September 2014 • 10,217 notes
But then, the truth was never really the point. Thin women don’t tell their fat friends ‘You’re not fat’ because they’re confused about the dictionary definition of the word, or their eyes are broken, or they were raised on planets where size 24 is the average for women. They don’t say it because it’s the truth. They say it because fat does not mean just fat in this culture. It can also mean any or all of the following:
Just plain icky
So when they say ‘You’re not fat,’ what they really mean is ‘You’re not a dozen nasty things I associate with the word fat.’ The size of your body is not what’s in question; a tape measure or a mirror could solve that dispute. What’s in question is your goodness, your lovability, your intelligence, your kindness, your attractiveness. And your friends, not surprisingly, are inclined to believe you get high marks in all those categories. Ergo, you couldn’t possibly be fat.
— Kate Harding (via annecarsons)
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8:30 pm • 30 September 2014 • 19,893 notes