Let’s just start here….I have NOT recovered from Season 2, Episode 4 of “Pose” on FX entitled “I Never Knew Love Like This Before”. I will admit, I was late to the party and didn’t watch Season 1 at all. I kept hearing buzz about the show and finally right before the premier of Season 2, I binged the entire season and was hooked from episode 1. Fast forward to S2 EP4 and I knew we were in for a doozy from the opening scenes. Candy was it again and seemed to be getting more and more ‘manic’ and more and more determined to prove something to Pray Tell.
This season has been situated in the 90s right in the height of the AIDS epidemic and I was transported back to the time that I, along with the rest of the world had so many questions and was trying to understand the disease. It’s been a rollercoaster ride this season, but last night……I was not ready.
The violent deaths of two African-American trans women in Dallas is finally shedding light on the violence against the transgender community, especially trans women of color. While I follow a diverse group of people on Twitter and so I’ve known about this crisis, far too many people have not. This episode was a CALL TO ACTION! “Pose” has increased the awareness of what the trans community goes through. I know what it feels like to lose your parents to death, but imagine navigating the world alone and your parents are still alive, but due to an antiquated way of thinking or because of religious purposes have disowned or alienated their son or daughter.
While it seems that being Black while doing anything seems to be a threat to folks, imagine adding another caveat of being a part of the trans community. The show was done beautifully as it allowed people to resolve or say goodbye to Candy in their own ways. From Blanca, Angel, her best friend, house mates and Pray Tell, who read her for filth at every turn. One of the most powerful exchanges was with Candy and Pray Tell.
“I forgive you. That’s right bitch, I forgive you.” is how the exchange started and the conversation ended with a self realization for Pray Tell. However, the closure that threatened to “take me outta here” was the conversation between Candy and her parents, who showed up at the last minute to the funeral. This exchange touched my soul and I shouted out “why do people wait until someone is dead to make amends or tell them how they feel?
The biggest takeaway from this episode is that when death occurs we have to “sit with” that death. Meaning we evaluate our relationship with that person and our own mortality. Event deeper than that, the takeaway uncovered why we should care about what is happening to the trans community, especially those that are getting violently killed for living their truth.
“Unfinished business is the burden of the living” – Pray Tell
A rising number of transgender women of color have been killed in Hate Violence Homicides, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. A total of 22 women were killed in 2017 and to date the count is 11 this year.
“Gays have rights, lesbians have rights, men have rights, women have rights, even animals have rights. How many of us have to die before the community recognizes that we are not expendable?” -Octavia St. Laurent
Before I go, let’s give a standing ovation to Angelica Ross, in her portrayal of Candy Ferocity, who has killed this role from the beginning but especially in this episode. I cannot wait to see where she lands next.
Kudos to Ryan Murphy and Janet Mock, who co-wrote and Ryan, who directed this episode.
“Pose” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.