ABWW Tara Thornton Watch (TrueBlood S.3 EP 2) (Spoilers Galore)
Well this week’s episode of TrueBlood was a crazy black woman bonanza! Part of Tara’s instability comes from the fact that she was raise by the stereotypical “bad black mother.” Lettie Mae Thornton is dry drunk whose current addiction is religious fanaticism. She has thrown Tara under the the bus so many times since the TrurBlood began, it is no wonder that under her lackadaisical supervision, a distraught Tara tried to kill herself with her cousin Lafayette’s drug stash.
In an attempt to shock Tara out of her grief Lafayette takes her to see his mother who is of course,CRAZY! Alfre Woodard has had a long distinguished career, besides her stint as a crazy black woman on Desperate Housewives and could give a hell of a performance, only time will tell. Who knew that Lafayette studied Buddhist philosophy!
It would be so nice if the Thornton women were imbued with ancient African powers that they do not cannot understand, and that was the source of their surly, angry countenance. How else did Tara summon the malicious maynad, Marianne? Unfortunately that would take some research and imagination on the part of Allen Ball whose track record on developing black characters only to have them killed off is a habit he cultivated on Six Feet Under. I also loved that show but his attempt to portray black families left a lot to be desired. Lastly, in my opinion Sookie did cause the death of Eggs and getting reassurance from the man who killed him really rubbed me the wrong way.
To add insult to injury Snoop Dogg (whose real life job as husband and father does not negate the amount of black woman hateration doled out in his twenty year career) performed a ode to Sookie Stackhouse complete with white female eye candy. As an after thought he requests that Sookie bring along Tara so that she can perform BJ while Sookie stand firmly on her pedestal. I hope that Tara’s fortunes turn around quickly or Sunday night could become watch a video night.