Month: October 2015

Understanding Zola’s Empathy

Zolay Story NYMAG by Anna PulleyReading Anna Pulley’s, “The Zola Show and Why It Was Hard to Look Away” I am not only baffled by her conclusion but also angered. Pulley explores many angles of Zola’s twitter stripper-hoe narrative: social media responses, narrative style, sex-worker script, race, cultural desensitivity, story ownership and story veracity. She also acknowledges that, “we see depictions of sex workers of color (often tragic, often exploited — or living it up in a music video), but we rarely hear from them.” However, she concludes that though Zola’s narrative is compelling, it does not deserve praise and attention because it is missing empathy. Ending on such a sour note gives us more insight into Pulley than Zola.

In her synopsis of Zola’s 154 tweet story, Pulley misses the most salient point: Jess betrayed Zola. At every step of the story Zola notes the many ways in which Jess lied to her beginning in the car. Zola thought she was on a stripper trip not a trap (prostitution) trip.  After they left the strip club, Jess-at her pimp’s suggestion says she needs to trap because she didn’t make any money stripping. When Zola confronts Jess in the hotel room Jess says, “I didn’t wanna take this trip alone. Please don’t leave me. I would be so scared alone.” Jess trapped Zola in a web that could have led to her rape, entrance into a criminal life or death. Jess knowingly betrays Zola. Did she really ensnare Zola for companionship or for her pimp? In either case, is Jess the only victim in this narrative? (more…)

UP NEXT: Serena’s Heir Apparent is…

At six feet, she is tall and imposing as she saunters onto the terre battue court. You know her mind is racing.  She must be trying to breathe, focus, think about her game plan, think about anything except playing HER. Instead she must think, “this is clay. I know how to play on clay. I can beat her. I know her game. I have watched her tapes hundreds of times. I know her game. I can beat her. I can beat her. I can beat her.”

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NCIS: How to Destroy a Successful Television Series

  Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice, once did an impromptu impression of Law and Order, hitting all of the procedurals’ formulaic beats, including the now ubiquitous theme song with the famous clang tone used to transition between scenes. He succinctly illustrated the pitfalls of procedurals. Their plug and play approach, though … Continue reading NCIS: How to Destroy a Successful Television Series