exists everywhere on television and has been proven to have
serious consequences for women off the screen. Certain
stereotypes of women including one that views them as
“incompetent decision-makers” who “are irrational and lack the
capacity for moral agency and reproductive self-determination”
have real-life effects, including actually hindering the ability for
them to gain sufficient healthcare (Cusack & Cook 56). If Pamela
is a woman who seems never to know what she wants, fails to ever
make definitive decisions, and acts irrationally, the writing of her
character is reinforcing those negative qualities that undermine the
reputation of women.
When looking at each of these women separately, it is easy
to attribute their mysterious natures to the abstractness of the
show’s writing in general. The fact that his two, very white
daughters have a mother played by a biracial actress (Susan Kelechi
Watson), who is then played by a white actress (Brooke Bloom)
during a flashback in the fourth season is one example of the
show’s sometimes inexplicable elements. The depiction of his
mother as an unpleasant woman at the beginning of the first season
and as a kind-natured one by its end is another. As Kaufmann
quotes the creative force, “Every episode has its own goal. And if
it messes up the goal of another episode... I just don’t care.” Louie
is always the most rational and logical character and as the star,
the most obvious fit for the average viewer to relate to is Louie
but another reading is that events are filtered through Louie’s
perspective and that what he sees (and presents to viewers) is
filtered through his own feelings at the time. Sometimes his mother
is unpleasant (from his point of view) and sometimes she is kind-
natured (also from his point of view), which leaves the viewer
without a context separate from that filter. Of course, this complex
way of thinking about the narrative may be out of reach for most
viewers or may not suit their media consumption wants and needs.
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