Suits TV Show. Suits USA.
Suits – arrogant, cocky, and insubordinate = no self esteem
Ever watch the cable legal drama series, Suits? I have been following the Suits TV Show since it began airing on the USA Network (@Suits_USA) . I loved the first season and I adored the character, Harvey Reginald Specter, played by Gabriel Macht. The second season was a bit disappointing. And for the third season, I am already preparing myself not to waste my time on watching the fourth season.
The entire show has become disturbing. In the beginning, I really liked Jessica Pearson, played by Gina Torres. As managing partner of the firm, she was the epitome of a strong, confident, beautiful, and successful woman. She was the boss…or so I thought. As the seasons have progressed, it seems that her confidence and authority have steadily become diluted. It’s almost comical how disrespectful her subordinates treat her. For example, Jessica’s paralegal (Rachel Zane Ross) talks to Jessica like crap. One would think Rachel was the managing partner and Jessica was the paralegal. How she gets away with it is beyond reason. If it were me, I’d fire that paralegal and make her pay her own tuition!
And then there is Mike Ross, a lying unethical example of an associate turned partner, who ironically isn’t even a lawyer. He talks to Jessica like she is on the bottom of his shoe. Sometimes my ears perk up when he speaks to her, because I am so shocked that she tolerates his condescending and demeaning manner. Yet, she resolutely stands up to partners in other firms and Senior Partner Harvey allowing.
There is no way, when I worked for a New York firm that I would have been allowed to talk that way to anyone, let alone a senior partner. One consolation is when he tried to pull that crap with Robert Zane, he was put in his place. Thank God for someone with genuine self-esteem.
What is going on here?
In the real world, a woman like Jessica Pearson would not allow subordinates to constantly test her authority. If she did, she would ultimately fail. I am a big believer in giving proper respect to people who have earned it, so this scenario with Jessica is unsettling.
I don’t know if it is the purpose of the show to highlight this, a female boss being belittled, but there is a disturbing trend in this country where people/employees disrespect their bosses/employers, especially if they are female. Many have a sense of entitlement where they don’t believe in the process of gaining respect by way of their actions. Everyone, it seems, wants to be the boss right away, regardless of experience or seniority.
If there is a lesson to be learned from the Jessica Pearson character, it is that some people will not respect you if you don’t stand up for yourself and demand respect. Not in a cocky, arrogant way, but in a way that exudes confidence and strength.
Are you a fan of the show, and if so, what do you think?
Until next time, I’m Attorney Francine Ward helping you protect what’s yours. Join my conversation on Law Facebook, Esteemable Acts Facebook Fan Page, Law Twitter,Esteemableacts Twitter, or in one of my LinkedIn groups, Google+ Circles.