I have more to say on this story — and I know my co-blogger does too — but it’s late and I’m exhausted and I just really need to get something off my chest before I go to bed:
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
I hate everything about this promo. Everything.
I hate the crass, exploitive “RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES” graphics. (Like, what — girls getting beaten by their boyfriends is supposed to be some topical new issue? Is this like when the writers “discovered” texting about ten years into that particular “fad”?)
I hate the gratuitous, lingering shots of Kristina’s terrified face. I hate the noble swell of the music that tells us our hearts are supposed to be warmed by Sonny’s pain. I hate the implication that a story about a mobster nearly killing an innocent man (for the second time this month!) is being championed as a Very Special Opportunity for parents and children to sit down together and learn something important about domestic violence.
Most of all? I hate what’s missing from this promo: Kristina’s voice. Kristina’s fear. Kristina’s pain.
That’s a lot of hate for fifteen seconds of footage.
But you can’t really blame the ABC promo monkeys. After all, they’re only reflecting the story the show wants to tell. It’s just too bad that story of a girl in an abusive relationship isn’t actually about, you know… THE GIRL IN THE ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP.
Then again, if it was, we wouldn’t be watching General “It’s Sonny’s World, The Rest Of Us Just Live In It” Hospital, now would we?