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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How to Get Away With Playing the I Card

's write-up at mtv.com on "How to Get Away With Murder" is headlined with the "i" word, because that always gets attention.

When you watch “How to Get Away With Murder” every week, do you spend half of the episode’s runtime leaning over to tell your friend, spouse, sibling, etc. that Wes (Alfie Enoch) it totally guilty, or Asher (Matt McGorry) knows more than he’s saying? Well, as it turns out, you’re in very good company — because even one-half of this season’s possibly incestuous (psh, like we trust that virginity test) sibling duo, Kendrick Sampson, doesn’t know who killed his billionaire parents at this point.
So often in pop media, if siblings (or any other close relatives) have a sexual relationship, they are portrayed as evil or deranged, or we find out that they aren't really related after all. We need more representation for people like this, meaning more literature like this and movies and shows adapting that literature.

ABC/Mitch Haaseth

This includes Sampson’s friends, who have apparently all been saying to him “I know you’re sleeping with your sister” since the premiere of Season 2. (“As long as people don’t think I’m sleeping with my [real] sister, I’m good.”) But all incest jokes and ridiculous plot theories — theories that could very likely become a reality — aside, Sampson is just grateful to be part of a diverse and dynamic cast on a well-written show, during a time when increasing the number of voices we hear onscreen is a major cultural talking point.
There are many great stories that could be developed that treat consanguinamorous people with respect and are compelling stories. The prejudice faced by such lovers is enough material for drama. But that's just one thing.

Do you watch this series? What do you think?


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