‘Rap Sh! t’ just gave us the best TV scene about what it means to be smitten

in sh rap! TAnd the Unsafe Creator Issa Raythe new HBO Max ShowEveryone is watching each other. Shauna (Aida Osman), a hotel receptionist who holds on to old dreams of breaking into the rap scene, watches videos of her old assistants on her laptop at work. She decided to start a group with her ex-girlfriend Mia (as a million), who spends her time watching businessmen hide their toughest from them as she dances in front of them for the camera. Shauna’s friend Cliff (Devon Terrell), ends up watching one of Mia’s tight-fitting videos after his roommates identify her as OnlyFans’ Ghetto Dominatrix.

Watching a show where the characters watch videos, FaceTiming with each other, or recording footage is less descriptive and more fun than it initially seems. Voyeurism is crucial to storytelling; sh rap! T The film is about two ambitious women who are unhappy with where they are in their careers and relationships as they band together in the hope that someone will discover them and make them the superstars they know they can be. This means that they have to get people to look at them.

Sexuality, sexuality, identity, arousal, trust, exploitation: these are concepts that are pervasive throughout television and popular culture. But right outside the gate, sh rap! T Dare to empty it. In one of its first episodes, the show offers something of a rarity: It gives two women the ground for a frank and subtle conversation about who gets to decide who the fuck is, what it means to feel breastfed, and more than that, who you’ll look the flirt is coming from. (A new record for the number of times this word appears in a single sentence in The Daily Beast.)

When it comes to humanizing characters of women of color – and penetrating the music industry at the time –sh rap! T As revolutionary as it is antiseptic yet. In just a few scenes, the series changes how the female gender is portrayed and talked about on TV.

Episode 2, “Something for Girls” introduces Mia’s character in the ghetto of Dominatrix with a clip of her rocking her butt in front of the camera, wearing nothing but a vinyl girdle and thong. Cliff tells Shauna on FaceTime that she’s working with someone who “has porn” — which goes against the kind of music she wants to make, he reminds her. “You can either keep working hard to make the music you believe in, or give in to this industry bullshit.”

What he means: to look attractive for the sake of others, not for your own good. For a woman into hip-hop, that can be part of the game. Although it really is part of the game of life for any woman: we are beings to be consumed, only by being only. Through her OnlyFans, Mia only invests in the opinions her body would otherwise get free. Even Cliff’s roommates openly stare at Shawna’s double when they watch her live stream.

The double-edged sword of attention often centers around the male gaze, which is what Shauna herself calls out when she later argues with Mia about what their shared vision should be. “My art is not for the look of men,” says Shauna. However, Mia wants them to have fun and look sexy while doing so. What’s wrong with making people look at you?

Here’s what’s wrong with that, according to Shauna: “Get my body, do a song about it, and work on the bum. People start to care about my music.” see Miya Nicki Minaj as the “talented bitch who flies” And Shona is no different! She explains that the rapper succeeds only as much as she is cute.

Two attractive women arguing about the politics of attractive women in music is as fascinating as it is somewhat depressing. Shauna doesn’t have to dress like Dominatrix’s ghetto outfit for people to find attractive; Case in point, Cliff’s Roommates. But it does explain why her wardrobe throughout the show has been plunging hair, oversized blouses, and button-up Oxford shirts. She wears masks when she posts her performance videos, because she knows her physical form is innately distracting from the physical community.

There are a lot of things I can’t relate to here, as an embarrassing force with no musical talent to talk about and one average human interaction a day. But Shauna’s need to control her image, and to be aware of it, resonates: Women’s bodies, especially black women, are always at hand, no matter what we’re doing or who we’re with.

But Mia has a point, too: “So you’re telling me there’s no possible way a woman can have a good time and win?” Of course that’s not true, but Shauna has been convinced by the ideas of black and white consumption about sexuality. Mia says it is controlling her, preventing her from achieving her true potential. I made her wear a hoodie in the heat of Miami, Florida!

Attempting to take control away from those in power can sometimes involve submitting to it. recognizing that stress can be released; It can make you look your anxiety in the eyes and say, “Fuck him.” This is why the way the episode ends is so special: Cliff gets a FaceTime call from Shawna late at night. The last time this happened, try to get them to have virtual sex; She was not in a mood, no mood. But this time, when Cliff gets the call, Shauna doesn’t even appear on screen. Doesn’t she even feel able to show her face at all?

And then: Shauna appears in most TV shows “Feeling Myself” written by Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé moment of the year. She is wearing one of her masks but is completely naked. She asks Cliff if he wants to watch her dance. You can guess what he says. And she’s dancing, no hoodie, no ponytail, nothing. It’s hot not because this sexy woman is rocking her booty nekkid; It’s hot because Shawna is clearly doing it for herself in the first place.

When she stands on her back and begins to touch herself, there is no hope that Cliff will come down. It’s all for Shona herself. Freed from her fears of what the industry might do to her artistic aspirations, she can let go of caution and allow herself to experience the pleasure that the body provides – for its owner first and foremost.

Yes, Cliff loves to watch it, and sh rap! T It shows it on split screen to make sure we know it. But we’re not supposed to look down on anyone but Shauna, and that includes Shauna herself. She allows herself to be consumed on her own terms, for her own pleasure, and for her own empowerment. With that, it’s time to work on conquering the rap game.