Hello out there, our lovely “A” from LA Snark’s T&A Do LA column has been swallowed by her job.
In the meantime, I, the “T” will share with you some observations I make about the entertainment we’re dished. To Tele & Film Universe (TOFU: Where you can get a side of estrogen with your entertainment) and beyond.
And yes, I know tofu only has plant estrogen, but go with it here.
The Friendly Female Stalker Next Door Trope: Rose & Robin
Oh, the Masochism.
You’ve seen The Roommate or Single White Female, not fun. However on television, female stalkers are “cute” and “charming’ as explained by TV Tropes. I’m going to tell you about a couple of television stalkers and their shows, in regards to their character depiction and overall diversity.
I miss Rose who was wonderful portrayed by Melanie Lynskey. I admit I don’t watch Two and a Half Men anymore. From commercials I see, the whole house looks different. I’m just not that into Ashton Kutcher. Charlie Sheen may be off his rocker, but he says it like it is and now has his own Fiat commercial. Hollywood is so forgiving of men. Is this weird that I have more overall respect for someone who is an overt unapologetic asshole than someone who has a good guy image?
Rose has feminine whiles and puts them to use. She’s a quirky dresser who looks like a woman. Rose and Mannie Quinn. Epic. This union really goes beyond the call of regular comedy. A woman uses a mannequin to make the neighbor she has a crush on (Charlie) jealous. Just brilliant. Rose uses a dummie to catch an even bigger dummy, while she herself is no ignoramus.
Why do I feel for Rose when in real life I’d be petrified of her? As a woman, I want her to move on, get over Charlie, but her antics are what kept me watching the show. It wasn’t the ongoing list of babes Charlie hooked up with every week, it was Rose. I wanted to see what she would do next. Rose turned the tables on Charlie. She had power over him in the end.
Rose is educated. She comes from a good family. She has her own money. All of this adds to up to questioning why she would go after such a louse like Charlie. Perhaps it was proximity. She lived down the way. Or maybe she saw Charlie as a project.
With the premiere of Don’t Trust The Bitch in Apartment 23, we have Robin. Robin is an Asian-American woman obsessed with a Caucasian woman. I have a problem with this. Robin wants to be just like Chloe, her asinine neighbor. This is a downgrade for actress Liza Lapira whose best role has been as a federal agent on NCIS. She’s also played a scholar who counts cards and has of course gotten stuck sometimes playing “the friend”.
Here’s Robin’s bio given on the ABC web page for the show: “Robin is an obsessive old roommate of Chloe who lives just down the hall of Apartment 23. Robin spends her days as an emergency room nurse and her nights striving to make her way back in to Chloe’s life. Random fact: Robin was also a credited producer on ”The Blair Witch Project”. “ A little confusing- a nurse who used to be a producer? In episode 2 this past Wednesday, Robin has one line “My compliments to the chef” to Chloe’s dad. Ummm.
As for Apartment 23 and their other two ethnic characters- Luther, “Luther is James’s assistant whose life is dedicated to making James the best possible version of himself. He once took a cab to Maine to pick up the perfect lobster for James.” Luther is described only as being subservient. The half black character, Mark, has a “controlling girlfriend” and despite his uppity education is weak and passive. Robin is just rolled into this trio of not quite there people of color who support the white characters.
People say men get e-masculated like Han, the Asian male character on Two Broke Girls. Robin is de-feminized, divested of her personal womanliness. I wish Robin were more like Rose- complicated in an intriguing way and not a merely mousy portrayal of an Asian-American woman. I would like to see Robin become more empowered in the end like Rose, but for now I’m not impressed yet. Robin is an automaton, whereas Rose has multiple advanced degrees and an endearing cunning-ness to her.
I’d love to see more of both actresses – Melanie Lynskey and Liza Lapira in roles where they get to play even more complex women who are not stalkers.
Another thought – is Chloe the female Charlie Harper?
Liza’s IMDB headshot
Melanie with Kate Winslet in the Peter Jackson directed Heavenly Creatures