UM, Beth, Jolene discussed on 1A
I'm Jen Wind. This is one, eh? We're discussing the biggest moment in pop culture this month with Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR. Brooke Obie Award winning film critic and author, and Emily Vander Wert critic at large for box water tweets that they're watching Lucifer scandal power and peaky blinders all shows that I plan to watch long ago but was never home long enough to do so. Until now. Hashtag stay at home. John Tweets. I don't know if an Internet show count. It does, but I've been making it through with critical role, not familiar with that one. But it will have to look it up well before the break. We were talking about the Queen's gambit and Brookie. You have a few criticisms of this show. What are your thoughts? I do have a few criticisms. I mean, I think it's what Aretha Franklin would call a great gowns, beautiful gown situation. I mean, it's visually stunning the costume and set designer all a plus, but I think the most important pieces on the chess board are your characters and your story, and I think that's where it falls apart. For me. There is the only black character in the entire show. Um, is named Jolene and she is played by the Fantastic Moses Ingram, but is unfortunately not given much too. Do other than to be what I would call a magical mammy stereotype of a character. She only exists to further the story and of Beth the main character and to help her on her journey on did it turns out at the end of the show with her learner's spoil early, But she essentially is ah black woman who has been able to save a lot of money for herself to go to law school, which in the 19 sixties and seventies is a huge deal. And, um Beth has ended up spending all of her money, wasting all of her money on her addictions and on her shopping habit that she has and Jolene gives Thousands of dollars that she saved for law school in the 19 seventies as a black woman trying to make her life better. Um over to Beth, Um, help Beth because Beth needs her help on. I just find that to be a really, really offensive fantasy of how a black woman in this time period or any time period would behave based on Very flimsy storytelling. As far as what the relationship between these two characters is. And, you know, I think that that is, um It's It's unfortunate in 2020 that we're still seeing these kinds of characters on, but they would do this to their only black character. Um, you know, Thea. Other major criticism, I think was very well laid out in Harper's Bazaar with by the author lily Dancing, Er, um, who was talking about the myth of the drug induced genius that You know, the route show Beth really feels like she can on Lee participate on a genius level while playing chess if she is high on drugs, and since that is something that a lot of people with addictions, um it's a myth that a lot of people with addictions continue to believe that continues. Tonto keep them in their addiction instead of being able to be free of their addiction and T O seek help for their addiction. Because they believe that they're not able to operate at the level that they should be operating without those addictions without those drugs on do because it is a myth. It's just really unfortunate that that pretty much takes up the entirety of this Syriza's, and it is only debunked in a very small way towards the end of the show. So I think, just in 2020 these air just two main things that shouldn't be happening in the shows that that game. Popularity and gained support. So I just found those two things really unfortunate. Well, I'll confess. I've only watched a couple of episodes of the Queen scam, but but from what I've seen online people have strong reactions to it in one direction or the other. Let's turn to something else knew this month, HBO adapted Tana Haci coats acclaimed 2015 book between the World and Me, and it's written as a letter to his son. Here's the film opened with actor Joe Morton. This is the week You learn. The killers of Michael Brown. Never be punished..