I’ve only recently begun to watch OWN’s Queen Sugar, created and directed by Award Winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay. It’s a contemporary drama based off the novel by Natalie Baszile, the story is based around estranged siblings who have come into ownership of a family owned sugarcane farm after the death of a parent. I have yet to watch an episode that hasn’t left me choked up or in tears. None more so true than episode 6, “As Promised“. Charley’s husband Davis, a high-profile basketball star, has been accused of rape. Charley, all trusting, unites with her husband and reaches out to his accuser in hopes that a financial settlement can keep this messy and unfavorable story out of the courts to ultimately save the reputation of her husband and his career. When Charley meets the woman, she is not impressed. Although beautiful, young and undoubtedly sexy, Charley has complete faith in her husband and slightly sneers at the woman and in so many words demeans her story of rape and offers her a sizable amount to keep her mouth shut.
In the mediation room, there are lawyers, Charley, Davis and the accuser. Davis has not backed down from his denial and it seems that it is her word against his; a groupie prostitute’s word against a NBA star. Who would believe her right? That is until the message on the accuser’s cell phone is played. Davis tells her that he pays her to keep her mouth shut unless he puts something in it and other nauseating, heart racing sentences that no wife who ever believed in her man hopes to hear. Charley is sickened and so was I. I was hurt too because I knew that feeling. The feeling of trusting someone so completely only to find out that you have, all along, defended a monster, a demon. Someone who you thought incapable of inflicting such pain on another person. As Charley leaves the room to enter the elevators, Davis running behind her, she says, “You turned me into a monster too.” We leave that scene feeling that there can be no redemption for Davis and that his marriage is over.
Have you forgiven a monster? What was the outcome of that forgiveness? Aren’t there somethings that are just unforgivable?
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