I’ve written before that the biggest way to trick black women and get them to support anything was to make them believe that it is somehow benefiting them.
Indeed this is true. When I look at black women who continually support things that have given them no proof that it will ever come back to them I always notice that the independent variable in all of this, is that these women truly and utterly believe, have truly been indoctrinated by very clever foxes, that they are going to benefit.
This is especially true when I look at black women who support the media in all of its f-ery. Whenever the masses of black women realize they’ve been screwed the ultimate response is ‘calm down, I’m doing this for you. You’ll come out on top in the end.”
That is, when black women try and escape the mental hospital that they’ve been involuntarily placed in, they’re immediately subdued by Nurse Ratched, with medications and a strait jacket.
For the ones that really put up a fight they’re lobotomized, old school style, until their mind is a vegetable and they can’t tell which way from the other.
Case in point, apparently some fans of the show tweeted Julie Plec ( the show runner/writer for the vampire diaries ) a while back about the character to Bonnie being with one of the vampires.
*I should note that I do not watch the show The vampire Diaries, (though I have seen clips of the show) but as a blogger for black women I make it my business to know what is going on in the world of black women so, I follow many things.
Anywhoo, apparently some fans tweeted Ms. Plec about putting Bonnie with the character (Kol?) or any character romantically.
And this is her, Julie Plec’s response. I took the liberty (thanks to an Oh NO You Didn’t Article On the matter) posting the entire pic of the twitter exchange below
You see my darlings, this is a classic case of Nurse Ratched realizing that the patient that she’s been secretly controlling is now getting unruly and temperamental. The black women who she’s been keeping on a leash for the past four? Years are suddenly wondering why the character that is supposed to look like them is single and alone and ( as the fans have described) for all intents and purposes the slave to the other characters on that only use her.
Her response is typical, why up the dosage!
She quickly begins this by of course showing how benevolent she is. Why she’s doing black women everywhere a favor by not giving Bonnie a storyline/ love interest. Bonnie is strong (notice she throws that grenade at black women.) and beautiful. So beautiful that nobody equals her and so she should settle for being alone. She’s really complimenting us black women who don’t notice and are too ungrateful for her kindness.
Well I never!
Watch as the conversation progresses and the fans ask her about it, she ups the dosage even further. She says, “no… with respect.. just no”
See Julie Plec respects the audience. She’s wants us to know that she hears us but she’s truly keeping the “integrity” of bonnie by making her lonely and alone.
But I’m not buying it. I realize this attempt for what it is. She is quickly trying to put angry fans back into the straightjacket before they start a riot and erupt from the halls.
Yes, a la One Flew Over the Cookoos Nest style she has to tamp down on those disturbing ideas black women have to, oh I don’t know, be portrayed as beautiful and desirable.
But this time it isn’t working because I guess some fans came right out and wondered if it was because of her race that the character has been screwed over multiple times in the fandom. Basically they tried to come right out and say they were being drugged. They suddenly became cognizant.
So what happened? The brute force had to come right out and assisted her in giving black women a lobotomy.
Her henchman, ahem one of the actors, Matt Davis tweeted this.
See the straightjacket and drugs didn’t work. Now they have to have extreme measures. This attempt should probably go into a Black Women Shaming 102 post because that’s what it is.
Now he has to shame the black women who care that the characters that look like them are getting effed continually. (Though he doesn’t note that everyone wants characters that look like them and are represented well otherwise feminists would be happy seeing white men on screen and black men would be happy seeing only white men on screen seeing as they share features.)
In this case the lobotomy is the guilt and shame black women are now facing for “bringing in the race card”
He points out that Jewish people aren’t upset by the character? (Kat Graham is half Jewish)
The point of this is that, after black women didn’t accept the benevolence “card” the objective is to now subdue them BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Namely shame. (because black women respond very well to this)
That way they’re such a vegetable after the lobotomy that they don’t know which way is up. They start to doubt. They will (hopefully) start to ask. “Is this really racist/sexist? Am I just crazy? Am I “playing the race card?” Who knows? Now the masses of black women are disoriented.
Well played. Matt Davis, Well played.
But I guess the lobotomy didn’t take on me, because I am fully aware of what is going on. Because this situations plays out so many times in so many situations.
Yes, the f-ery of this situation is enough to make one’s head spin, but let’s keep it moving.
Let’s talk about what I like to call The Iron Man Factor.
Or, “The Blockbuster Factor”
In the Iron Man Factor, I’ve noticed that there have now been many attempts in recent years to give minorities roles in Super Hero Flicks Such as Iron Man, Avengers , Thor, Etc.
Great new right? You’re probably thinking that this new trend will allow black women to get their own roles, right?
Well, you’d be wrong.
In fact as par for the course, as per usual, All the Women Are White And All the Black Are Men.
While the Don Cheadle’s, Gweyneth Paltrow’s Scartlett Johanson’s and Samuel L. Jackson, have been allowed to expand their use in these new blockbuster films. If you notice, black women have remained largely invisible.
Why am I bringing this up?
Well recently I went to see the movie ( my family wanted me to) and when talking up the movie one family member mentioned that the movie showed an expanded role for women (ie Pepper Potts saving Tony. I looked blankly at that pronouncement, simply because I didn’t see how that was relevant to black women, this family member told me it was important because women never get to be the one to save anyone.
So what am I getting at? Well the point is that for the black women part of convincing them, that their “allies” are really benevolent is to convince them that when “they win we all win” theory.
Black women are supposed to think that because Gwyneth Paltrow has a vagina and Samuel L Jackson has brown skin, his success his millions, their roles, their money, their positive images, are really going to help me.
That when Don Cheadle is cast as the best friend. I can jump for joy.
Part of Benevolence is to convince black women that it’s good for me to be in rags while they’ve got riches.
We all know this is not true, but the point of this trick is to get black women to shut up because we secretly believe that they are successful so they can ‘open doors’ for me.
Oh happy days!
The trick is to let black women happily accept it because they think “We’re all in this Together.”
But Like I said in a previous post. This isn’t High School Musical, and the trickle-down theory really ends up bottle-necked with black women having parched throats.
Meanwhile with the Benevolent smoke and mirrors game they end up being the true beneficiaries.
Again, very clever, but I’m not buying it. Because I know that in the end of the trick the image of black women in fandoms never actually changes.
But I will give points for trying.
I have to advise though as I end this post for black women to be on hyper alert as they make buying decisions. Especially that have to do with the media. And ask yourself this.
Are they really in it for me? Or am I just being fed a line so they can benefit?
Until Next Time..
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* As always the picture doesn’t belong to me.