“And like, I was down at the station last week and I got this totally sick idea for a song. Kinda like Jailhouse Rock but better y’know – But anyways, we have a show this Friday at Cadding’s Pub, you should come or be a total fuckin’ square.”
[QueerWOC Wednesdays] Can Poussey get some Punani?? Black Lesbians and Netflix Originals
OITNB and Sense8 spoilers ahead…you have been warned!
Another season of #OITNB and another season of Poussey Washington being the lonely broken hearted girl we all love
And this season I’ve had enough! Damn yall! The most intolerable characters on the show can get some - everyone from Piper’s annoying ass to Crazy Eyes has a prospective bae.
In a prison where everyone finds a boo, the most romantic heart melting woman is left single. We all remember the heartbreak she endured after her straight girl crush on Taystee, but this season topped that sadness. We watched (me slower than others…this season was meh for me) helplessly as Poussey drank herself numb off of her jailhouse gin. We witness her letting go of the idea that she and Taystee will ever be anything more than friends, get lost in alien erotica, and possibly fall for Soso. If Poussey’s life were a song it would be Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion”. My our bae just cant seem to get anyone to love her back!
But Poussey isn’t the only Black lesbian Netflix originals have left us feeling sorry for when it comes to love. Amanita of Netflix’s new Sense8 series is stuck in her own love dilemma.
Unlike Poussey, Amanita is in a relationship (we actually meet her as she’s strapping her girlfriend Nomi down!) but at every turn she is called on to care-take, save, or rescue her love. Girlfriend gets writers block? Amanita to the rescue! Girlfriend almost lobotomized by psycho doctor? Amanita the nurse swoops in with a wheelchair to save the day! There is actually a scene where her girlfriend says to her “No matter what you have to do, promise me you won’t let anything happen to me”. And Amanita kisses her in agreement! If her love life was a song, it would be Gaza Slim’s “Anything a Anything” I’m not through with the season yet, but 8 episodes in and Amanita is yet to develop as a stand out character in her own right. She comes off as less of a girlfriend and more of a sidekick to Nomi - who is basically the Piper Chapman of Sense8, tall, blonde, and boring but our gateway into this otherwise inaccessible world.
Poussey and Amanita - amazing hopeless romantics that can’t seem to catch a break in love. I started to wonder about representation after watching the two shows back to back. In my alternate Black Lesbian universe, Poussey and Amanita would be a couple! Omigawd the crossover episode would be epic between #OITNB and Sense8! But really though, where are the relationally stable Black lesbians? The two examples Netflix gives us read as stereotypes of Black lezbos - the not so secretly emotional boi (Poussey) and the codependent femme (Amanita).
The fact that they are both Black lesbians is important because looking at their counterparts of other races and genders, we just dont see the same loneliness and sacrifice for love. For example, Red Rose, or Ruby Rose…whatever… Rose was clearly the straight girl favorite of this season of OITNB. She hopped her ruby red ass onto the show and had action by her 3rd episode! No jail house blue balls for her! Headlines exploded all over the internet about Rose’s “universal sex appeal” and (sadly) my instagram feed was flooded with #WCW posts devoted to her.
I saw no such headlines for bae (Poussey) her first season. Its Iggy-itis all over again - white girl with an Australian accent swoops in and distracts us from the real beauty and talent of the Black girls who been killing it!
Samira Wiley is the definition of universal sex appeal! She effortlessly floats in and out of boyish beauty and girly handsomeness. Petite and androgynous, she is every inch as sexy as red rose - more so in my opinion because her laugh is adorable… and hello…melanin on fleek!
Sense8 too has been applauded for its diverse cast, but Amanita’s character has me perplexed. Firstly, she’s dating a white girl - who we later discover was assigned male at birth. Then we learn that her mother is a White woman - damn, every time! Remember Bette Porter from The L Word? Yep this is basically Bette 2.0! The Black femmes cant really be loving, feminine, supportive, and Black! No, we have to shift one of those. So why not throw in a White momma, so at least we can justify her femininity and softness.
What’s more is that we are left to buy that if a Black lesbian wants to find happiness in a relationship, they have to date outside of the Black lesbian pool. The “Black lesbians aren’t the #1 draft pick for partners” message can’t be any more obvious here. Amanita finds love with Nomi and Poussey (we assume, or maybe we hope because we’re tired of seeing her so pitifully alone) has a new thing going with Soso, a biracial Asian woman. Neither of them find Black partners (and neither does Crazy Eyes come to think of it!)
Good thing “Between Women” is making a comeback… leave it to Netflix and you’d think Black women don’t love each other! And QueerWOC, we KNOW thats not true!
Do you know why Matt was so insistent on defending Healy when he had to know he wasn't innocent? Was it just the money or was it to get more info on the people hiring them for that?
yeah i think the whole point was to show how matt works within the confines of the law and why he goes out as the masked vigilante. i believe he took the case so he would know more about fisk’s criminal enterprise, well he didn’t know about fisk yet but he sure knew something was going on (his motivation for doing this became clear during the jailhouse interview). he may have defended healy but the last part of his courtroom speech said, “Now, beyond that, beyond these walls… He may well face a judgment of his own making.” because later on he would beat the crap out of him to get information. also if you listen to his closing argument ~that’s pretty much about the core of morality~ you will realize that he wasn’t only talking about healy. in some ways he was talking about himself being a lawyer by day and a vigilante by night.
…good and evil, right and wrong. The delineation between the two is a sharp line, [and] sometimes it’s a blur…”