Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 76

resentment against black men who date or marry white women, where such resentment includes a political battle against historically inscribed white norms of beauty. These hopes are more fulfilled. In Episode 8, Darrius does say, ““Black women all around America will hate me if I cut Chantal for Tiffany.” Chet participates in the same construction playing on racist fears of miscegenation. He entices Tiffany (Kim Matula), the daughter of an NFL team owner who wants to be her own woman, to hook-up with Romeo. What greater fear than the plantation owner’s pure white daughter defiling herself with the black help, or in this case, the black help of the black help? Rachel uses Tiffany in another racial construction. She indicates that Darrius needs her as his partner: “The girl is blonde, beautiful, rich, and white. If a girl like that forgives you, America forgives you.” The forgiveness of a beautiful, white, blond woman carries more weight than forgiveness from others. This is the myth of white female purity taken to a spiritual level. The show even reveals the complexity and contradictions inherent to racism, as the Southern Bell, Beth Ann, can fall for a black man, and even her Southern parents can embrace him. Their attitude is a potential reflection of Pino’s in Do the Right Thing. In R66VRR&G2( RvBFVWFvB6vV&rg&VB66VB&67VBVFrWR&&&rFvf7B'VrvVr7V"6V6rF&VRևVG&VBBЧ6GFVw&VR&6WF&GV涖rFG7V7FRV( FW"W6vRvFRRG&W2FW2( ėN( 2FffW&VBv2VFFR&6RFW( &RBvvW'2VFW( &RB&6VWBRWח6VbFW( &R@&Vǒ&6VFW( &R&6'WBFW( &RB&Vǒ&6FW( &R&RF&6N( 2FffW&VB( F'&W2֖vBV&Gf"&WFBW"&VG2FR&6'WBB&6FVFGbfW2d7F"B&V6W6RbF2V6RFR&GV6W'>( W2f"&67B66&WGvVV&WF( 2&VG2BF'&W0&Rg'W7G&FVBࠐV$TW7G&FW2FRVFW'FVBGW7G'( 067G'V7Fb&6&W2&vvFW&W7Fvǒ&F6w2V$T*BWfW&7Fr'F6FRFR67G'V7Fb&6RBFRWFF6Ff6FBfWF6r`&6&FW2BvW2RW2FBVFV6R66VRFP&W&VBFW'&WBFRW76vRFR&2FFVƗfW"&6V26WvF&VV&ǒFR6V6BF2V&FW0FR67G'V7FVBvRbvFRvFW7FVB'6খW"&W76RFvV'&>( 26&vRbW76VFƗ6BFP67W6FFBW"'&BbfV֖6f6VǒVfW'6ƗW2FPWW&V6W2b7G&vB֖FFR672vFRvVF7Vf vVv&r"&vƗr&6R6WV&VfW&V6R@s