When PLL revealed Ezra as A over in Ravenswood last summer, I don’t think I have ever been so shocked by a TV moment in all my life, not because the story itself was jarring, but because I knew there was absolutely no way for the show to successfully back out of that decision. This wasn’t a 17-year-old boy joining Mona’s shenanigans to try to protect his 17-year-old girlfriend. This wasn’t a Toby thing. This was a grown man stalking a group of teenage girls, all of whom had been his students, and one of whom he had an ongoing sexual relationship with. But it actually got worse than that, because it turns out he wasn’t just surveilling them. Later, he revealed that he seduced Aria on purpose, knowing that she was underage and that he was going to be her authority figure. And then he proceeded to secretly video her and her interactions with her friends for years, never intervening even though they were being emotionally and psychologically tortured—while continuing to sleep with her.
The reason I’m talking about that is because PLL has brought rape into the narrative this season from a couple of different angles. Not the shadow-y, no-name fog of sexual exploitation that’s been prevalent from the beginning. This is a much more distinct thing. This season we’ve got Lucas and Mr. DiLaurentis laying down this gut-kicking notion that Ali was probably raped if she was kidnapped, and this vomit-inducing story about Zach trying to hook-up with Hanna, and this super true-to-life situation about Hanna’s friends victim-blaming her. And if we’re putting a face on sexual assault, if we’re bringing it into focus now, we can’t continue to turn a blind eye to what Ezra did to Aria.
[x] (via iwasalwaysaromantic)
So, so important
I’m having a very hard time with this season of PLL. The writers and producers know how popular this show is with people of all ages, but obviously, most specifically, teens. I am teetering on the edge here because I don’t know how much longer I can, in good faith, go on supporting a show that represents these narratives without addressing the morality and legality issues. Outside of the show, many of the cast and crew have been vocal in anti-bullying campaigns but what about all the other horrible, REAL LIFE situations these characters are in every day? How can a show run by a strong, independent woman have no qualms with victim-blaming and slut-shaming? Not to mention the utter SILENCE from any of the people responsible for these storylines. This needs to be addressed on a public platform. I’m just so disappointed in this show. I used to think it was so forward-thinking and that it set great examples but now I’m not so sure.