I can see where you're coming from, I don't entirely agree but thanks for explaining it. Wasn't looking to argue or anything just wondering what you considered being propped meant. I really don't think they deliberately wrote Hilary bad to make Mariah look better in comparison I think they just did a piss poor job at writing their 'rivalry' and clearly realized it didn't make sense and more or less abandoned it. But not trying to argue how you see it. Just my take on it.
I could agree with some of this but the article fails to take into consideration what China gains domestically as well as regionally.
China is not going to stop trading with North Korea, no matter what Trump says. As one Republican senator aptly put it, "Nobody's afraid of Trump, not even the White House pages". And since the U.S. has pulled out of the TPP, China's rival trade bloc grows a bit more in esteem.
So maybe from an U.S.-centric perspective, China doesn't gain but that is a slightly myopic view and doesn't give a full picture.
When everything she does is painted in a good light no matter what and her rival is painted in a bad light no matter what, yeah I call it propped. This show wrote Hilary into the ground so that folks would root for Mariah to win. While I admit that the bad writing for Hilary didn't start with this story, it sure did get progressively worse. The story was Hilary bad and wrong so she deserves nothing. Mariah good and right so she deserves happiness and Hilary's life. Every character she came into contact with onscreen repeated the "you're better that Hilary and better for Devon" line to Mariah and/or Devon. It bordered on the Billy!ManOfTheYear propping IMO. And you know how I felt about that.
In retrospect, writing wise with this turn the show is taking, I totally get why they were so heavy with that rivalry with Hilary. The show wants us to love Mariah and root really hard for her happiness where she's finally found this special connection and is being put first by her partner albeit a female. I get that. But, because I'm a fan of Hilary, I still don't like how it came at her expense. The show damaged her even more and I have no faith that they'd ever put in the effort to repair said damage.
Bryton has gotten long standing story focus? The guy whose character was trotted out 52 episodes a year for years to play angst to Lily's vagina. The guy that it took a full decade to finally get an onscreen romance. You act like Bryton has gotten JM level focus. Or even the much maligned GR level focus. I think we all can agree that he has not. This is the most play he has gotten since VR left when he was a teen.
I think you misread. I said that CG and MiM dynamic has been the focus. Mariah/Hilary was centered and got far more airtime and play than Mariah/Devon ever did and more play than Devon/Hilary since their divorce.