This time last year…
From the looks of it, she was an average stripper. I saw nothing that indicated she was stupendous at it. Brandy was horrified, and tried to buzz the woman off to make her stop before she had all her clothes off. After that finally happened, the judges got to have their say. Brandy expressed her horrification and indicated her belief the “talent” wasn’t really a talent, at which point both male judges admonished her and told her she was crazy; the contestant was clearly talented, hot and they loved everything about her. I think they went so far as to say they thought the woman should definitely come back and take more clothes off in front of them. Brandy’s criticism was ignored. The contestant was invited back.
(The comment thread has some interesting suggestions for how to retaliate against men who pull this shit, especially if they accuse you, the cat-fighting female, of just being jealous of how the clothes-challenged woman affects them.)
After that, he relentless pursues a woman who’s not interested, has an affair with a woman who’s last name he doesn’t know, and sleeps with his boss’ wife – managing to convince himself that she’s in love with him. He barely escapes with his career in tact. You’d think he would learn from that.
It’s worth noting that when Wings was produced, the US was pretty focused on deadbeat dads who tried to cheat their own children out of support payments. To show the other side, Wings risked being accused of a misogynistic backlash in portraying a deadbeat mom. But because Wings skipped the stereotype and developed Joe’s mother to the point that she clear represented no one but herself, there was never any doubt they were doing anything but telling a very human story. Not a man’s or woman’s story.
Does this childlike behavior make her a more acceptable woman to have around: childlike, subordinate, more submissive, vulnerable?