Precious and Few
Dear Lesley Arfin,
You’re RIGHT! The movie Precious, which originally was a novel, does not represent YOU. It was a story, about an African-American young woman, trying to find her way in a world that was abusive, bleak, increasingly isolated and seemingly uncaring of her plight.
However, there were signs of light and hope for her. We leave feeling that maybe, just maybe, when a human being endures the monstrous ugliness Precious experienced, a person can come out the other side and triumph.
That singular story ultimately speaks to humanity’s spirit. I’d like to think that any of us can see/read that and find inspiration.
However, what is unique about the work of Precious is that it is not a typical story told, in Hollywood, or ANYWHERE. Young, disenfranchised black women are ignored and, too often, erased by society and in many cases, their stories are purposefully stepped over to tell stories about young white women and their plights to find a boyfriend, in a sea of mayonnaise men who look like Ryan Reynolds.
The reality is young Women of Color are a group so often ignored; in society, in cultural, legal and political representation, in educational institutions ; that it has become quietly acceptable. We accept that we are under, or worse, completely misrepresented to the universe. We are stepped over, on the daily. It is the construct and fabric of our country and it something that we, as a group, continue to battle.
Your beloved show? Portrays a group of white, privileged women who have never, EVER known or experienced what Precious did. Is that a stain on their character? No. Is that something that should cause them to hang their head in shame? No.
But your show is not unique. Your story, your spoiled, obnoxious, selfish characters? They’re not unique. They’re not special snowflakes that are experiencing something that no one has NEVER known or fully grasped. In fact, sadly, we all know women, sorry, girls like them. And the story you’re telling, we’ve all heard it before. If the only edge you’ve got is that your lead character is not perfectly thin and Hollywood beautiful, then why don’t you click over and watch Mike and Molly, Raising Hope, SNL, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation to watch bright, intelligent, aware women address womanity and humanity with humor and gravitas.
Furthermore, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but your IMDB listing for your glorious show details that EVERY SINGLE Person of Color is nameless and faceless. They are maids, people on the street and homeless. In NEW YORK CITY, in 2012, that is patently wrong, offensive and unfuckingacceptable. The thing about Precious, as a story, is her world was small, but when she expanded her experiences, she encountered SO MUCH, including different people. Imagine that! And that was in the SAME New York you, supposedly, portray.
Do you have eyeballs in your eyeholes? Do you have ANY awareness, whatsoever?
Wait, don’t answer that.
It must be nice to be so self-assured in your assholiness. It must be so comforting to take solace in your sheltered fuckery. It must be SO awesome to be ignorant of the world. I wish I had that luxury. I wish I had the privilege to ignore and discredit other experiences, even ones that I don’t know myself. But I possess some things that clearly evades your grasp. These things include sympathy and empathy, critical thinking, and a curious mind that wishes to step outside of my world. I don’t accept what was handed to me because, welp, I want more. And not just for myself, but for humanity.
It realize it must be hard when you don’t HAVE to do that. And as a Woman of Color, I won’t settle for the shitty hand society deals me. But you shouldn’t either. You shouldn’t mock what others actually live from the comforts of your guilded loft in Lower Manhattan.
You’re right. You were not represented in Precious because Precious was about one woman’s growth and success, despite adversity. It wasn’t a story about a spiteful, hateful dick with no redeemable qualities.
A story none of us need to watch because who wants that anyway.
I’ll take Precious any day and you can go fuck yourself.
I think a truth bomb just dropped.
I don’t really think anybody (and certainly not me) can add anything. Beside maybe a bid hearty “FUCK YOU” to Arfin, but I think the OP presenting this in a much wittier, classier way, so it’d feel redundant. Not that it’s stopping me.