AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
GHers, Monday’s episode was one we’ll remember for years!
It was a tough one to watch without wincing, but I’ve gotta tell you, when we are that affected by something we’ve seen onscreen, the writers have hit their mark!
Monday’s episode was so incredibly good, that I even completely missed any Brenda scenes! Ha!
I was so busy wiping tears and blowing my nose in between all of the other terrific scenes, that I just “missed it”, but don’t worry – I did go back and rewatch onYouTube out of a sense of duty to all of you. *halo glistens*
Sometimes in life, we don’t want to see the very things that are right in front of our very eyes. We often turn a blind eye…or two, make excuses for what we’re really seeing, and in some extreme cases – we lie to ourselves. However, we all have to come face to face with AN INCONVENTIENT TRUTH sooner or later – even if it hurts.
As much as I know that Carly sometimes has it coming for being so smug and so nosey and so selfish and – well, the list can go on forever, so let me just get to the point. My point is that even though Carly isn’t always the nicest person, Brenda telling Carly that Jax was in London on her behalf was more than just AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH; it was stabbing Jax in the back. I don’t care how much she wanted to hit Carly where it hurts, it was wrong to sacrifice Jax. Brenda was all over the place with her nastiness – even telling Carly that she thought hers and Jax’s marriage was “on solid ground.” I’m willing to bet that if Carly could stuff Brenda into a box and ship her butt off to The Balkan herself, she would. Look out, Brenda…as so many of our PC heroines have found out recently, “Karma’s A Bitch.” And I am almost sure she is related to Carly.
If Lucky Spencer ever decides to write a book with Diane, I already have the title: “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH…followed by another, and another.” I mean, inconvenient truths are the story of Lucky’s life! It was just around this time last year that Lucky tripped upon another inconvenient truth – you know, the one about his fiancé and his brother “rutting like farm animals.” At least this time Lucky didn’t trip over the truth, this time he actually set it up, tailed it, and caught it…in a church no less. Still, it wasn’t easy for Lucky to realize that his red-headed babe was fakin’ a lot more than just “that.” Lucky realizes that Siobhan is working for The Balkan, and is just devastated that he was duped yet again. Why can’t Lucky just be happy for a change? I would so love it if Lucky had some happiness – and not just because there would be one more thing that can be rubbed in Liz’s nose! I guess Siobhan took a step in the right direction when she finally trusted Lucky enough to tell him about The Balkan having her sister Megan. I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed on this one.
Lulu better keep her fingers crossed too, according to Shawn Butler, Theo Hoffman’s security specialist. According to him, Lulu has to face AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. The fact that she was, until a couple of days ago, Dante’s girlfriend, puts her in imminent danger. I am betting that Lulu is thinking that Brenda has been a whole lot of trouble. I would have to agree.
Monday’s writer was my favorite. Ms. Michele Val Jean brought me to tears, but not just because of the phenomenal script she wrote. It brought me to tears that her script was hauntingly real.
A few months ago, I happened to be on Twitter when MVJ was asked which storyline over the years affected her most (I’m paraphrasing, as I cannot remember verbatim). MVJ answered that it was Liz’s rape back when she was fifteen, because it affected her on a personal level. Someone asked (rather rudely) why it affected her, and asked something like, “You weren’t raped when you were 15, were you?” (I was rather mortified by the way the question was asked) Yet the way MVJ answered made my respect for her go up in megawatts! She simply stated that she too, had been raped when she was 12 or 13 (again, it was a while back.)
I remember that night when I read her tweet, I cried. I always cry when someone I know admits that they’ve been raped or sexually abused in any way. And sure, I don’t really know MVJ, but as many of you do, I kinda consider her to be family. I’ve been watching her tell stories for years. So I cried for the little girl who had her innocence stolen, for the little girl who had so much taken from her. As anyone who’s ever lived or worked with me, nothing breaks my heart more. I imagine it wasn’t exactly easy for her to tackle this type of storyline again.
Thanks to Twitter, I saw that there were some who watched Monday’s scenes and thought, “Oh, more violence on GH,” or “That was too much.” But I have to tell you that what I saw was different. As I watched Abby being attacked by her pig of an ex, I saw something that I read about all too often. When I heard her begging for him to stop, I heard something we’ve all heard about – only sometimes way too late.
If you check out the RAINN.org website, you’ll see that:
- 1 in 6 women, and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- College-aged women are 4 times more like to be raped.
- Every 2 minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.
And if we think about our own families, or circle of friends, chances are that someone we know and love has been a victim – even if we don’t know it.
Monday’s scenes literally had me frozen to the spot. Watching Abby be thrown around and brutalized made me feel so angry – not just for Abby, who is a fictional character, but for all the women who will experience something similar just in the time it will take me to post this blog. When I saw Michael paralyzed with flashbacks of what Carter did to him, it made me sad for all of the kids, who like Michael are walking around with secret pain and secret fears, and secret anger. As I watched Jason hear and react to the news that the child he’s loved and protected from birth couldn’t be protected from the most heinous crime against a human being, it made me shiver with thoughts of how it must feel for all the parents who will have to hear that their children were unprotected long enough to have their lives devastated forever. All of those disturbing, hard-to-sit-through scenes reminded me of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH that’s all around us.
Sexual assault is something lurking in all of our neighborhoods, in all of our social circles, in all of our lives. We may not have to witness it, or experience it, but it’s there. If nothing else, today’s hard-to-watch scenes should make us all a little more sensitive to it, a little less ignorant to it. It should make us all a little more willing to call the police when we see or hear something that we’d usually brush off as “none of our business.”
Most of all, as I watched Monday’s scenes, I caught a few tears sneaking down my cheeks. Sure, some were for the fictional characters I love, but most of the tears were for the brave writer who valiantly wrote Monday’s script, even if it caused her own painful memories. I don’t know that one ever gets over something so traumatic and life-changing, but I applaud Michele Val Jean for being willing to go back there in order to get us to feel something so deeply about an issue that isn’t just something that happens on soaps.
I also commend Chad Duell, Andrea Bogart, and Steve Burton for being willing to take on a storyline that has to be pretty tough to “leave behind” when someone calls “Cut!”
Yes, this storyline is taking on AN INCONVENIENT RUTH, but it also makes me proud to be a GH fan!
Off to place some chilled cucumbers on my eyes, as I’ve been crying ever since I typed Michele Val Jean’s name!
Until tomorrow’s next drama…
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