dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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The tokenest of token friends: Saint Shan…non.

As I plod grimly on at my look at tokenism in the Patterverse, I have to face the unpleasant chore of talking about the ultimate expression of fake tolerance in the Patterson universe: Shannon Lake. As we all know, she's loosely based on a real person and seems to serve the function of showing how great April is hanging out with Someone Less Fortunate Than Herself. The problem is that April's claims to sainthood are somewhat suspect. Sure, we can contrast Becky's open discomfort and active hostility to April's virtuous smirking about How Ignorant And Evil Becky is but April's dedication to the cause is somewhat shallow. After all, Gerald can blank out on the fact that the disabled have feelings and April can forgive him easily any time he flatters her. Granted, you would actually expect a teenager to think "HUM!! On the one hand, he does think of Shannon as a zoo animal but on the other hand, he did tell me I'm pretty....THIS IS SO HARD!!!!" but it sort of doesn't look nice, right?
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