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Things on TV that I've had grievances with - Part II
Portrayal of God.

What do you think is the problem with the scenes?

This is in general reference to shows on TV where God finds a suspiciously unjustified presence in the life of its female protagonist to the point that God’s omnipotence triumphs over the most basic logic. Here the female lead is shown to have landed in all sorts of trouble in life to which her only response seems to be praying. Here there are scenes where the chosen child (usually the female protagonist) doesn’t try and get herself out of the troubled fixture and instead some Goddess discreetly pulls strings and makes everything all right, dissipating her woes just by virtue of being God. 

Does it happen in real life?

No. You usually have to get up, get hurt, try harder and make your worries go away all on your own. A character that’s a boon/blessing from god is irreversibly damaging for the psyche of a gentry that’s deeply divided along communal lines. On top of that it endorses the fact that it’s okay if you don’t take responsibility of tragedies in your life and instead you being God’s favorite child, you’d be taken care of and that’s dangerous. 

What is the larger character journey?

Here the character journeys of the lead is usually very deeply based on her status as god’s beloved kid which makes it a very unstable and patronizing foundation for a character. Shows pit these characters as religious, pious and what’s worse, innocent and morally sound just by virtue of being religious. What the audience might unfortunately pick up is an ‘ideal type’ of heroin that makes any digression from this type, unworthy. By consequence these shows preach terribly regressive ideas and more so, because this audience is completely weakened by superstition and religious fundamentalism.

How could we have done it better?

By making the characters more reliant on themselves than on miraculous interventions by the almighty might bring a logical justification to the sequence of events manifesting on the shows. ‘God’s chosen child’ is also a very degenerative concept, especially one that the audience will lose nothing if it misses out on. In recent shows though this theme has been toned down a bit where the protagonist makes arrangements by her-self or via other aid leaving god alone. 

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