Apocalyptic beauty tips and rape on The Walking Dead
Last night the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead aired in the United States. For five scorching seconds on the screen Emmy Kinney, who plays Beth Greene, shared her zombie-fighting beauty tips with us.
The hotly anticipated episode will air on FX at 8.30 tomorrow night. This season of The Walking Dead (three), is widely considered the show's finest to-date, replacing zombies and love triangles with a dead-set human villain in the form of David Morrissey's The Governor to advance the plot.
The first part of the season's penultimate episode caused controversy in the United States thanks to a near-rape scene, which feminist blogger Tizzy Giordano described as " gratuitous and highly eroticized".
Elsewhere, the scene has been praised for its restraint, especially given the series' source material featured the graphic rape of a different female character.
It is particularly interesting that it is Emmy Kinney's character that shares her beauty tips in the finale, given Giordano objected to the rape scene because it featured Lauren Cohan's Maggie Greene - the “most attractive by your fascist beauty standards”. Cohan's looks are part of the reason Giordano objects so passionately to the scene, yet the show chose to share the "beauty tips" of another actress.
Having watched the episode myself, I am puzzled by Giordano's description of the scene as an "attempted rape". Rather than an attempt at sexual violence, the scene depicted The Governor using the threat of rape as an intimidation device against Maggie, in what to me seemed more like an illustration of The Governor's ruthless lack of empathy than a "fucked-up striptease".
Whether Beth's beauty tips further incense some members of the feminist community remains to be seen.
(Tips via Jezebel)