I have such a strong love for this show. Shrill is based on Lindy West’s 2016 memoir, “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman," and the main character Annie is played by SNL comedic genius Aidy Bryant.
Annie is fat, curvy, plus-size, full figured, thick - whatever you want to call it! But surprisingly the show doesn't focus on the protagonist wanting to lose weight. It focuses on the world wanting the protagonist to lose weight. And it shows what's it like to live in a fat body.
In 2019 people that are seen as 'fat' are victim to unsolicited weight loss advice from friends, work colleagues, family members, partners and complete strangers. A big issue in today's society is 'fat shaming' being disguised as “voicing your concern about someone’s health.” This is perfectly depicted in Shrill. A perfect example of this was when a relentless fitness instructor kept bugging Annie to take her fitness classes because "there was a thin person inside of her waiting to get out."
So many "ughhhhhhhs" and *eyerolls* occurred while watching this show.
And to make it even more extraordinary and inspiring the show also explores female friendship, abortion, our relationship to food and cyberbullying.
However, there is one negative about the series. THERE IS ONLY 1 SEASON AND ONLY 6 EPISODES AND I WANT MORE.
I need Season 2 in my life NOW!
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