Monday, December 30, 2013

A Profitable Rape

Downton Abbey is rolling out the merchandise just in time for the holidays, and before we find out in the Christmas Special if Bates killed.  It’s another installment of Did Bates Kill?

The cliffhanger is hanging on a plot generated by a brutal rape scene, which the writer said was done to “Explore the damage”.

He has given the character four lines in eight shows to talk about her “damage”.  This is not exploration.

This is exploitation.

Dollars generated from merchandise will not be directly funding an official approval of rape, or even just the rape plot line.  This is the fourth season and there are lots of stories that have delighted people and will inspire them to fork over.  I wish them well.

For my wallet vote, Fellowes can have a flaming bag on the doorstep.

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