Friday, March 11, 2016

Sleepy Hollow, Why Won’t You Let Abbie Be Loved?

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This article is a bit more critical of this ongoing issue than I think is necessarily warranted, but makes excellence points about this oft mentioned and totally justified complaint:

As Sleepy Hollow settles into what may be its last season, one missing plot point grows more nagging: the lack of any kind of relationship for Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). The audience has seen Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) through three relationships. Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) is now involved with Joe Corbin (Zach Appelman). This season’s two main villains, the Hidden One (Peter Mensah) and Pandora (Shannyn Sossamon), are a couple of some kind. We've even seen monsters and evil gods with romantic partners. But three seasons in, Abbie remains loveless. 

During the show's first season, Abbie was the antithesis to the Strong Black Woman stereotype. She admitted when she didn't know something, freely showed emotions, and frequently expressed her humanity. But over the past two seasons, she’s devolved into the dehumanizing stereotype of black womanhood: the Mammy. Her character is now more of a desexed caretaker, constantly making sacrifices so others can have a better life. She has subjected herself to Purgatory so Crane could be with his wife; jumped through some kind of supernatural portal to end up in a mythical cave in order to save her sister and mankind; confronted literal ghosts of her pasts in order to quell monsters. How many more sacrifices does she need to make before the show allows her to give and receive affectionate love? Both Abbie and Nicole Beharie deserve better.

Read the rest of the article at Vulture:

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