Why You Should Be Watching 'Shrill' on Hulu
SNL’s Aidy Bryant is the kind of actress I love to watch and the kind of girl I’d want to Sunday brunch with. She stars in Shrill that is based on a memoir written by Lindy West. What I took from the first season is self-discovery. Aidy Bryant is Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Thankfully, by the last episode that ideal still remains. This story really portrays every girl, you know this girl, she’s in your life and with all good intentions you only wish the best for her, at least on the outside. Shrill takes on real life topics from sex, abortion, the blatant stereotypes that skinny people have towards fat people and the ongoing ambition of a young female writer who has a lot to say and the men who keep telling her to shut up about it.
"We started this season in a place where she hates herself," Bryant said in an interview with the THR. "She doesn't think she is worthy of getting to do a lot of different things, and by the end of this season, you're seeing a much bolder person who's been a certain way for a long time, and I'm so excited at the prospect of getting into how does her world, her friends, her relationships, her parents, all of this change as she's becoming a completely different person. That's a lot for them to take. And how does she navigate that? Finding your voice doesn't mean that people have to like it."
The reasons you should be watching this series is not because of the fat girl fairytale meets “She’s Come Undone” variety , but for Annie, the feminist who’s finding her voice and shouting “fuck you'“ to the trolls, her boss and even the stupid skinny female trainer who disguises bullying with cheap motivational sales pitches. Annie no longer wants to put up with bullshit in her personal life, workplace and mainly the feelings she has for herself. Being a woman in the modern world doesn’t mean it’s gotten any easier, if anything the shit we put ourselves through has made it tougher. There’s more and newer ways to feel bad for ourselves. Then, like Annie, we get that mental green light to just go for it and fuck the rest. And even though once you self discover what it is you really want or to be, not everyone is happy about it. No one likes change at first, but also no one is every ready when a feminist comes into her own.