ABWW Sterotype of the Day: Tara Thornton from TrueBlood
I love vampires. I have vampire books, vampire movies and have dressed up as a vampire foe Halloween. I was a fan of Charlene Harris long before TruBlood long before the hit HBO show premiere. To my delight I heard that a minor character in the book was recast for a black woman. To my disgust the mild manner white Tara had been changed to an angry black
woman. In Tara’s first scene of the show, she cusses out a customer and quits her Walmart-clone store, usually stop watching a show like that but I wanted to see how far they would butcher the book and got hooked. I suffered through Tara’s pitiful relationship with a hes boss, a changling who was hopelessly in love with the lead character Sookie Stackhouse. Finally in season two Tara get some lovin’ from Eggs (fineass Mechad Brooks) only to have him shot and the cops cover it up. No one seem to notice she is grieving, which is chalked up to being racial insensibility on her part. She then found out that her best friend Sookie admits she uses her psychic in away the contributes to her honey’s death and promptly tries to choke her out.
Is this overboard or what? How many black women choke people when they are in mourning? The majority of Hollywood writers are white as Spike Lee brilliantly pointed
in his film Bamboozled. So very few of them know a black woman much less spend enough time with them to get to know them. For example series creator Alan Ball also shot his main black character at the end of Six Feet Under. They rely heavily on stereotypes and it shows. This season Tara is due to strike the fancy of a new vampire, let’s see how far up the ABWW scale Tara Thornton gets this season.