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Why I'm Quitting Fear The Walking Dead: It's Kind of Racist


Scratch that. It's not kind of racist, it is racist!

The first Fear The Walking Dead episode  was underwhelming in its execution, but I defended it to many of my self-doubting friends. There are many slow pilots that lead to read hot series so I was more than willing to give this show another chance. I even ignored the fact that the first young black man in the series lived in a great neighborhood, but turned out to be a drug dealer.

I can't believe I willing to ignore this glaring stereotype to try and like this show.

This young man ends up being one of the first main casualties of the show. It's almost textbook how stereotypical this show's writing is. It's a joke in the black community that if you see a black person in a horror movie, they will be the first to die. That's because movies made it a point to kill off black characters first. Horror movies finally slowed down with that cliche (mostly by not putting black people in horror films altogether) and it appears that Fear The Walking Dead is looking to start that trend all over again.

By the middle of the second episode, I knew I needed to quit this show. The second prominent black male in the show is apparently infected. Seriously? What was even stranger was how his parents left him to go on a vacation in Las Vegas. While everyone else seems to have family that love them, the black kid has parents who leave him completely alone to vacation in Vegas. We were introduced to 3 black characters in the first two episodes and two of them are already infected.

Finally, the black principle that is guarding an abandoned school is also now a zombie. This makes no sense. Why is the principle guarding an abandoned school after all of the kids and teachers have been sent home instead of being with his own family. Why is it that as two white characters wonder around the school they never encounter the same infected zombie that crept up and turned the principle? Surely, that zombie would have come for them like the principle did being the school is so quite.

So, the 3 main black characters we were introduced to are now infected as zombies or dead. That's all within 2 episodes. Was this done on purpose? It's hard to believe that killing 3 main characters who happen to be black wasn't done without thinking about it first. According to the show's showrunner, it wasn't intentional at all. He had this to say:

"When we were writing the pilot, it wasn't something that came up in conversations in the room or with the network," Erickson told The Hollywood Reporter. "Ultimately, it came down to when we were casting those parts, we didn't know who was going to live, who would die or how those stories would arc out or not arc out. For us, it was about casting that felt reflective of the community and getting the best actor and that was the final determining factor."
 "For that episode, it was about how it would reflect on the characters themselves and how things would play out over the course of the season," he said. "I realize it's clearly become an issue and it's something we are mindful of. But ultimately it's trying to tell the story the best way we can and cast the best people we can."
While I know no on would cop to writing the deaths of 3 black males within 2 episodes on purpose, I still didn't expect an answer that was so completely full of crap. After the characters were all cast as black men who would die quickly, given the state of racial tensions right now, I find it hard to believe that no one put two-and-two together that this looked like a bad idea.

When Erickson said casting was "reflective of the community" does that mean that's why a black actor was cast as a drug dealer in an upscale white neighborhood because that "reflects" what's going on in the suburbs? I'm sorry, but I grew up in the suburbs and most of the dealers where I lived were white.

So this is why I'll quit watching Fear The Walking Dead. I know they won't miss my measly TV viewing among their astounding Nelson ratings, but I'll feel better knowing I'm not supporting a show that doesn't think twice about the perpetuating painfully obvious stereotypes to their viewers.

Moviepilot Article: The Hannibal Series Finale is a Fannibal's Deam

courtesy of NBC


Head on over to moviepilot.com  
and read why the Hannibal series finale was all kinds of perfect!

The article is full of spoilers so, if you haven't seen the series finale don't read this article until you have! 

Be sure to let me know what you thought of Hannibal's curtain call in the comments.

Book Review: My Friend Dahmer (3/5Stars)

You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

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This was a really hard book for me to review. On one hand, I thought the book was very well put together. On the other hand, I disliked the author and the way he talked about people so much, it turned me off from the book a lot. Since this is true story, I feel it's ok to review the author as well as the book.

The book tends to focus on the author's "friendship" with Jeffery Dahmer.  I use quotes because he wasn't really a friend of Dahmer. He was actually one of the people that furthered the bullying and humiliation of Dahmer. He called other less popular kids freaks and psychos. I mean he really was a jerk.

Dahmer use to often pretend that he had cerebral palsey just to get  some attention. Derk Backderf and his friends started a Jefferey Dahmer fan club. All they did was encourage him to act like a fool for their amusement. This is a really sick and mean thing to do. Rather than invite him in as a friend they took part in humiliating him. Then the author justifies his actions several times by saying that because they're in a small town and were bored they didn't know any better.

Really? No, they knew what they were doing. Not once do they take responsibility for helping to aid in his feelings of isolation. Not once does the book point out that if Backderf had been even his one true friend that maybe, Dahmer wouldn't have sunk so low. It heaps plenty of blame on Dahmer parents, who should have blame placed upon them for being so completely out of touch with their own son and leaving him alone constantly. It's obvious that Backderf doesn't feel any personal blame although maybe he should.

Now don't get me wrong, Backderf is in no way responsible for the horrible murders Dahmer committed but he is responsible for being just another bully. At one point, Backderf even pays Dahmer to go to the mall and act like a complete nut job for their amusement and a payoff of $35. This does not sound like the signs of a "friend."

The one thing I did like about the book is the creepy illustrations. Their ominous, bizarre and go with Dahmer's strange story very well. This is enough to make me give the book 3 stars. 

The information given in this book is nothing you couldn't find some where else. Nothing is revealing and I'd heard all of the details in this before.

I rarely read graphic novels so this was an interesting and different experience for me. I wanted a more revealing experience, but I guess I know way too much about the serial killer already for that to happen. I always separate the author's view from the actual story, but when the two go hand in hand it's hard to do that.

3/5 Stars