Thirsty for a Fresh Take on All Things True Blood?

WELCOME! Thirsty for a fresh take on all things True Blood? Pull up a virtual barstool at the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern where sisters Rachel and Rebecca are serving up juicy feminist analysis with a twist and opening a vein of thoughtful sociocultural dialogue on HBO's hit series.

Like the epic literary salons of eras past - theaters for conversation and debate which were, incidentally, started and run by women; where the spirited debate about the issues of the day ran as copiously as the actual spirits did - but updated for the digital age, the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is a fun forum for exploring questions ripe for discourse about the human condition & today's most crucial social issues through the medium of True Blood.

Your salonnières are not peddling liquor per se, but they are offering up new and alternative ideas informed by such diverse influences as pop culture, art, music, cultural history, Goddess studies, transformative theory, literature and poetry, and archaeomythology, filtered through the sieve of their own lived experiences as feminist women of a particular age, background, and culture.

This is a space where you - patrons and passersby alike - can view and engage with these perspectives through the lens of True Blood and contribute your own thoughts. So, no matter if you're a Truebie or a more casual viewer of True Blood, or your drink of choice is a pomegranate martini - one of Rachel's favorite cocktails to drink and Rebecca's to mix - an herbal tea, a frothy double mocha latte, or a can of Fresca (wink, wink) you're invited to join the conversation on the show's complexities in a way that can spark transformation.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

O Lafayette, Lafayette! Wherefore art thou, Lafayette? Tokenism on True Blood - Oh, Hell No!

In Shakespearean terms, "wherefore" actually means "why", as in, why must Romeo be a Montague - why must he be of the family that is the sworn enemy of his star crossed lover Juliet's House of Capulet?

In True Blood terms, it means why oh why must Lafayette's dialogue over the past few episodes - and especially last week's Spellbound - have him teetering at the precipice of being "the token black guy", uttering nothing but silly exclamations like "damn!", "snap", and "oh, hell no!"?

See Exhibit A below from Not Another Teen Movie and tell me LaLa's meager lines from last week don't put him squarely in this category.

This is a major disappointment because we need more from this erstwhile dynamic character and the gifted actor who portrays him, Nelsan Ellis. Rebecca and I have been talking about this all season, but last week's episode really solidified our stance.

Where has the Lafayette who entranced Tara and Jason with his intoning of a poignant Inuit prayer over Sookie's unconscious body as she lay in the hospital last season gone?

Here's the prayer:

"I think over again my small adventures, my fears.
Those small ones that seemed so big.
For all the vital things I had to get and to reach,
and yet there is only one great thing.
The only thing.
To live to see the great day that dawns
and the light that fills the world."

Listen to him recite this beautiful, poetic verse and as YouTube poster SilverfoxG wrote, you can't help but be moved by the depth and meaning with which he delivered it.

Now, I'm not saying that it's Lafayette's duty as a person of color on the show to be the exoticized psychopomp, the Wise Other that breathes spirit and life into the worlds of others while they (and we in the audience), for the most part, are free to just be regular Joes going about their everyday lives.

But I know that there's more to LaLa than what the writers have been giving us lately, and I want to see our favorite short order cook continue to grow and develop. Yes, he's just discovered that he's a medium. Yes, he has considerable, as-yet untapped magical power. But these new revelations about who Lafayette is and what he's got in him have not translated into scenes with much meat for him, in my humble opinion.

What's up with the pendulum swing in the writing for Lafayette? I realize that the witch-vampire war and Eric & Sookie's romance have taken center stage in recent episodes, and I know that Lafayette is considered a supporting character, but I don't want to see him recede into the background of the show. His character has been too important and stereotype busting to allow him to take the token backseat I fear he has been receiving.

If the writers don't step up for LaLa soon, it's going to be ME saying "damn!" and "oh, hell no!"


~ Rachel 


  1. i agree with you ladies <3 but at the same time he's just had a woman ghost jump head-first into his body, where he (as previews are showing us) then proceeds to KICK Hoyt out of the house with Andy's it stands to reason we're about to see quite a bit of LaFayette as a Beautiful black woman... :D

  2. Hey Tina,
    Thanks for joining the convo...interesting, haven't seen that preview.

    Seems we are indeed about to see another side of Lafayette in terms of the possession; I do wonder how much of the host person's personality, consciousness, and awareness remains during a possession event, i.e. LaLa and the mystery lady, and Marnie/Antonia. Some people have hypothesized similarly RE: how much of the shifter's or were's human persona remains when he/she is in animal form, for example, Sarah Grubb's intriguing essay in True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things With You, "Vampires, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters: The More They Change, the More They Stay the Same". I'd like to hear other's thoughts on that, too.