Oh, ABC promo department, this time you’ve really outdone yourselves:
Isn’t it brave of General Hospital to shine a spotlight on one of the deadliest social issues of our time? I’m speaking, of course, of the epidemic of false domestic violence accusations faced by men.
But as you can see above, the falsely accused aren’t the only victims of violence against women. When will society learn to think about the friendships that are ruined when one man’s son beats another man’s daughter to a pulp? And what about all the poor hitmen out there, stuck wondering if they’re being ordered to kill an innocent man?
(It’s tragic, really, to think of all the mob enforcers out there losing sleep at night over this issue.)
Now, there’s been a lot of crazy talk on this show lately. Talk like, “none of this was Kristina’s fault”, and “there’s nothing she could have done that would justify being hit.” But we know — and Luke knows — that that isn’t the whole story. When a man’s been embarrassed and harassed by a woman, that’s bad enough — but to have to listen to another woman haranguing him about a few measly bruises? Well, that would just put any reasonable guy over the edge:
LUKE: Look, Dodge… I was there when Kristina flounced into the casino and wouldn’t leave. I was there when she threw her nasty little tantrum and tossed that drink in your face. And I was there when Sam came in, blaming you for all of her sister’s problems and spouting a bunch of crap about men being brutalizing bastards who do nothing but victimize women. Now, under those circumstances, I can see where a guy would snap, and might do something that he didn’t intend to do.
ETHAN: So, what? You think I did it?
LUKE: No, I didn’t say that. What I’m saying is that whether you did it or not, I will stand by you.
The depth of Luke’s compassion here is truly breathtaking. I mean, the last time he talked about that night, he poetically called the naive teenage daughter of one of his oldest friends a “baby hooker.” But here, in light of the trauma she’s been through, he lets Kristina off easy as only a flouncing, tantrum-throwing brat. Truly, he is a model of restraint and sensitivity.
And the pearls of wisdom didn’t stop there:
LUKE: A man knows his kids on a cosmic level. He knows their core, their character. Not their daughters so much, because they’re women, and they remain a mystery. A man knows his sons.
Yes, women! Such strange, alien creatures — who knows how their inhuman minds work? No man, that’s for sure! But no father has ever been fooled by his son. Men are an open book to other men!
You guys, I am so glad the show chose to give a rapist like Luke a platform like this story to explain the realities of domestic violence. And it was such a gutsy choice to revisit that rape now, when it could be shoehorned in as a second thought instead of sucking up a lot of unnecessary airtime exploring Spencer family dynamics!
Confession time: back when the truth about Ethan’s parentage came out, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to explore Lucky’s betrayed reaction. How he had only been able to work through his anger over the rape because Laura convinced him it was only “one moment” out of their entire marriage — that Luke had spent the rest of their lives together treating her with respect and love. And now it turned out Luke hadn’t even been able to remain faithful to the woman who’d already forgiven him for the most monstrous kind of betrayal? Ethan’s existence basically called into question everything Lucky had done to rebuild his trust in his father.
Well, I think we can all see now how stupid it would have been to dig into any of that. Clearly, the most dramatically satisfying way for Ethan to learn about his father’s past was in a handful of rushed scenes designed to once again ram home the message that abusive behavior is genetic and not learned. Oh, and that Lucky’s totally over all that shit now, for real. Pfew! Glad we got that mess out of the way — now back to the real story: women who lie about assault.
Unfortunately, for every straight-shooter like Luke, there’s a whiner like Johnny eager to play the blame game and point the finger at some innocent man who was just pushed to his limit:
JOHNNY: Sonny’s got you fooled because you took a liking to him — because he plays catch with Morgan. None of that makes it okay the way he treated my sister. He publicly called her a whore and treated her like one — and I’m not just talking about the night she was killed. I’m talking about through their whole marriage.
OLIVIA: Honey, take it easy, okay? Both of you guys…
JOHNNY: No, no, no… this Sonny Corinthos guy, who claims to live by this moral code, who says leave women and children out of it, treated my sister like crap. That’s the guy you’re working so hard to defend.
Oh, Johnny… when will you learn that whores like that have it coming? We can only hope this story will serve as a wake up call for misguided souls like him.