If you've missed the premiere of MTV's new action-packed, hilarious female-powered series, #SweetVicious, then you must have woken up on the right side of a twist kick. Just kidding.
The series is fueled with adrenaline from its female protagonists just like #SuckerPunch, #KickAss and #KickAss2. This time, it's more than fighting for your life or stopping crime. It's about self defense and spreading the awareness of sexual assault in the female community (or any community for that matter), and the ladies that plan on giving you the message are these two brute vigilantes.
She's the vigilante that started the rebellion against men and boys getting away with sexual assault. She's responsible for the recent attacks on those with histories of assault. Jules is a daytime sorority girl and nighttime vigilante that'll make #Batman himself crack a smile. She is played by actress #ElizaBennet.
She's the sidekick? Well, as she would put it: She's no Robin, but she sure knows how to handle certain situations. Ophelia is the wisecracking hacker who just recently joined Jules in the fight. The character is played by actress and comedian, #TaylorDearden.
These characters relate heavily to those like #HitGirl and Babydoll from the Kick-Ass series and Sucker Punch, respectively. Hit-Girl may be more lethal, but the action Jules is willing to take isn't that far off (except the killing, of course). Now, Chloe Moretz's character was taught to kill if necessary, whereas Jules wasn't from her mentor/teacher. Even though Emily Browning's character #Babydoll and her friends weren't actually skilled in martial arts, their mental battles gave them the skills to fight back. Each film made sure to show viewers that girls and women can (and will) fight back, just like Jules and Ophelia in Sweet/Vicious.
How this series can affect the world today is based on how viewers receive it. Just this year, multiple women have come forward claiming President Trump raped them. Before that, many female and male college students fell victim to rape. There are even resources now available for those who seek it.
I'm certain the series hits home to various audiences, but could it turn many away? Maybe. Many sexually assaulted victims may not want to relive a particular incident, even if wasn't as accurate on television. The thought could be enough to set them off. Though that's true, there could also be many who would want this to be told on a well-established platform, and #MTV could be just the place.
Now, the question is: Will we start spreading the message about these attacks after being given the message in a descriptive, fictitious manner? Or, do we really need vigilantes to handle it for us? We will have to wait and see (about the series, that is) so be sure to catch the show next Tuesday at 9pm on MTV.
Did you catch the premiere of Sweet Vicious?