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Decentered Blackness and the Case of Black Women: Misfits Clip #3

by jheanelle brown

In this clip, Curtis transforms into his alter ego Mel, which he adopts to bypass his athletics ban. At the end of Season 2, the gang gain new powers after selling their original powers and buying back what power dealer Seth had left. This high concept subplot is the only reason that Misfits had a non-biracial Black women in any role. The character of Mel, as a Curtis proxy, isn’t a Black character so much as a character who happens to be Black. But it is representative of a visual culture that marginalizes the non-biracial Black women. Mel’s Blackness and womanness only fulfill narrative obligations. While colorblindness may be a boon to actors of color, it generally sidelines Black actresses.

Decentered Blackness and the Case of Black Women: Misfits Clip #3

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With his new power to change genders, Curtis creates an alter ego, Mel, to bypass his athletics ban.

from Misfits (2011)
Creator: Howard Overman; Channel 4
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by jheanelle brown
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