Warning: This post reveals spoilers of this week’s episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. If you have not seen the episode, I will not be offended if you do not read any further.

The premise of the episode is as follows: A transgender teen Avery Parker (Christopher Dylan) is taunted and attacked by a group of African-American teenagers.  After sustaining traumatic injuries, he passes away from his injuries. One of the young men who attacked him, Darius McCrae (Dante Brown), is being tried as an adult for the crime.

The question posed around the squad room is a difficult one. Darius is only fifteen, should he be tried as an adult or as a juvenile?

What struck me about this episode was that hate is a waste. It is a waste of time, of breath, of life.  The end result was that Darius was tried as an adult and his crime was labelled as a hate crime. He would not be a free man until he was in his 20’s.

There was no reason for Avery to die and Darius to spend his formative years in prison. In the end, two lives were forever changed and two families have to face the reality of the loss of their child.

I hope it was worth it. It feels like a waste to me.



Mean Girls Day

Today, October 3rd, is officially known as Mean Girls Day.

Every generation has its own iconic teen film. For teenagers in the early 2000’s, that film was Mean Girls (2004).

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is the new girl in school. The popular girls, known as The Plastics, led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), take a liking to Cady and invite her to join their group.  Then things get dicey when Cady develops a crush on Regina’s ex, Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett).

With a screen play co written by Tina Fey, this film stands out from other teen films. It has a sarcasm, a bite and a dash of reality that many films of the genre don’t have.

Happy Mean Girls Day!


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