(SPOILERS) Tina Fey’s new Netflix original, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was definitely an interesting show to binge-watch. Kimmy’s character, kidnapped as a middle-schooler and forced into an “Apocalypse Now” cult, moves to New York City on her own. The show frequently and humorously mocks cat-calling, racial stereotypes, homophobia, xenophobia (among other things). While it was refreshing to see a female protagonist confronting a terrible abuse in a healthy, realistic, empowered way, many viewers are still left questioning the show’s politics. The show does well in one episode, making jokes that a black, gay character, Titus, is treated with more respect and friendliness dressed as a werewolf than he is when walking the streets normally. But there are also several racial jokes and subplots that happen so frequently and strangely that they no longer feel ironic – it just feels racist.
Is the show ground-breaking or inappropriate? Tune in next week for a lengthy reflection! Share your thoughts!