Surprise! Attempted Rape Scene In Episode of “The Walking Dead”
AMC, I have a bone to pick with you. Your "rape-fest for ratings" sneak attack on this week's episode of "The Walking Dead" pissed me off. Ever heard of a trigger warning, assholes? From what I understand, "The Walking Dead" is a show about killing zombies. Your viewers want blood and gore and violence and suspense, and you give it to them in spades. Fair enough. I get that they are probably getting bored with watching drooling monsters get their heads smashed in. But inserting a gratuitous and highly eroticized attempted rape scene into this week's episode to court "shock'n'awe ratings" was fucking wrong, and you owe the women of America an apology. Fake killing fake zombies in a fake post-apocalyptic U.S., that is fantasy. Rape is a reality. It is a dehumanizing, soul-killing reality. That has traumatized and terrified a good portion of the women, directly or otherwise, watching your show last night. Shame on you for dredging up old hurts and current fears (and invalidating what these survivors have been though) in the pursuit of the allmighty dollar. Shame on you for making the scene as "sexy" as possible, that fucked up striptease you had the "most attractive by your fascist beauty standards" female character do accomplished it's job; a friend was watching at a bar that screens your show every week, and the shithead fratboys behind her were soooooo pissed that "AMC wouldn't show tits." Way to promote rape-culture, AMC...you greedy corporate bastards. Tizzy Giordano refuses to bow down to the powers that be. We all know that well-behaved women aren't allowed to make history, and she intends to. She is an angry feminist, and damn proud of it. She believes that those who aren't angry are part of the problem. To call her a raging bitch is a compliment. A Feminazi? Music to her ears. She vehemently rejects and loudly rails against oppression and injustice of any kind. She intends to see the walls of Patriarchy crumble down around her, and can't wait to help pick up the pieces to tenderly re-build that "Another World" she knows is beautifully close, and infinitely possible. Image credit Gudlyf via the Creative Commons License.