Apologies all–between my vacation in June, Arturo’s semi-vacation this month, SDCC, Adacamp/Wikimania, and other power-out madness, we neglected to put up this roundtable last week. This is the discussion for episode four–tomorrow, we will post episode five which aired this Sunday. – LDP
I actually forgot to mention that in my post. When she said that I was like, “Huh!?” But then again, she used a similar slur against Tara’s girlfriend in the previous season (“yellow tail”). Does Pam have something against Asians?
Tami: That made me cringe when I heard it. I love the character of Pam. But, disturbingly, it seems that True Blood’s writers have bought into the idea that anti-P.C. (read: racism, sexism, etc.) is “edgy” and adds to the character’s bad-ass persona. They routinely put racist and sexist shit in her mouth. Racist slurs…the “gash in a dress” line…
Kendra: Knowing where she’s from–San Francisco, 1905–I wonder if she does have something against Asians. It could be a remnant, albeit a horrible one, from the era of her turning. Granted, it would show a follow through in character traits that TB hasn’t exactly excelled in in the past.
Joe: I was thinking the same thing actually. It would in fact be a terrible, yet accurate addition to her character. She did in fact have an Asian employee, so if she were really that racist, we could have gotten an indication of the racism in the flashback. It would have at least made more sense coming out of nowhere back then.
Alea: Cosign, Kendra and Joe. While the word was jarring to hear, it wasn’t anachronistic, and Ruby’s very presence in the array–along with her reaction to Pam’s introduction–make Pam’s anti-Asian racist language signify something more complicated than her just having “something against Asians.”
Latoya: But as we already know, just because something may be historically accurate doesn’t mean they will treat it with any kind of nuance or insight. It’s just another racist throwaway. At least with struggles for queer and civil rights they gave some context before abandoning plot development in favor of one-liners. Continue reading