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5 Television Shows That Normalized Fatphobia In Comedy

For some reason, television writers are still writing aggressively offensive fatphobic narratives for television. I’m talking about the “skinny makes you happy, and not skinny makes you sad” storyline we often see on-screen today. We have seen this narrative played out time and time again with the goal of laughter. But this is all at the expense of offending, exploiting, and isolating anyone that doesn’t fit into society’s singular acceptable body norm.

Why ‘After Life’ Is One Of The Most Important Shows You Can Watch During This Pandemic

To our collective benefit, Ricky Gervais was able to grace our Netflix screens as Tony, the nice guy turned angry guy for a second season of After Life. With the perfect balance of dark humor, this show connects people through the difficulty behind grief. We follow Tony as he remains stuck in his grief to the point it consumes him, and he no longer sees a purpose in living. He doesn’t feel like he’s living at all, after death removed the one person that made his life full.

Ranking The Characters From ‘Stranger Things’ From Best To The Absolute Worst

Stranger Things is finally back for season 3, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what’s next for the kids of Hawkins Indiana. After two seasons, we have a mix of characters that have grown and some that have stayed the same all while dealing with the terror that lives inside and outside of Hawkins, Indiana. Some are great, some aren’t so great, and some live somewhere safely in the middle. I’m ranking 13 of these characters from best to worst: I mean it’s obvious. She saves the town of Hawk

Fall In Love With Someone Who Makes You Laugh

Do you like laughing? Well, Adam Devine’s latest comedy special “Best Time Of Our Lives” has hit Netflix and does not disappoint. Adam reminds us that he’s the little one from Workaholics and Pitch Perfect although his personality is anything but small. His intense energy pushes through the screen with hilarious jokes, a giant smile, loud noises, and outrageous facial impressions that’ll make you laugh out loud over and over again. He pokes fun at himself, joking about how he was recently in a

10 Ways A Toxic Relationship Keeps You Coming Back For More

If you binged Netflix’s dark comedy Dead to Me, you saw the toxicity of Judy and Steve’s relationship. At first, their relationship was a conundrum until we finally got to see them interact. Throughout the season, we see a repetitive conversation where Steve crosses a line with Judy and then immediately apologizes. Before he can even finish saying, “I’m sorry,” she replies with, “It’s okay.” Anyone with eyes can see that it is definitely not okay. But when you’re inside a toxic relationship, you

10 Ways To Jonathan Van Ness Your Relationship With Yourself

It’s 2019, and Jonathan Van Ness is here to project positive energy into every facet of your life. JVN reminds us that self-acceptance and self-love is a choice that comes with effort. That effort must remain constant to keep us moving forward into an evolving state. Here are ten ways JVN inspires each and every one of us to nourish the most important relationship of all, the relationship we have with ourselves: 1. Learn to love the skin you’re in Perhaps loving your imperfections is easier s

Here’s Your Official Recap Of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ To Prep You For Season 3

Summer has started, and Stranger Things is finally back on Netflix with its third season. But there were a lot of unanswered questions left last season. What is next for Eleven, Max and the boys? Where is Eleven’s sister now? What about Nancy and Jonathan? I never thought I’d say it but I miss Bob. Anybody else? Anybody? Are El and Mike the real deal? Is it possible for Hawkins, Indiana to get even creepier? A lot is going on so here’s a recap of the first two seasons to get you up to speed and

You Can Choose Your Family

Tales of the City tells the story of Anna Madrigal, a trans-women from the 60s who became a fairy godmother to the present-day LGBTQ community in San Francisco. Anna transformed into a pillar of support, guidance, and love for those around her. Those individuals grew into her family, diverse in age, race, gender, and sexuality. Anna is a trailblazer who lives by the phrase, “there’s only the truth.” She lost many friends after her transition but gained more than she lost. She knew that by livin

Here’s Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About The Central Park Five

With the powerful release of When They See Us, we have an entirely new generation learning about The Central Park Five case that started the night of April 19, 1989, when a female jogger was brutally assaulted and left for dead. The five boys, grouped as The Central Park Five, were wrongfully convicted and as a result collectively spent 6-14 years in prison, all starting when they were teenagers. The prosecutor, Linda Fairstein, has called the Netflix special an “outright fabrication,” disagreei

How To Forgive A Dead Person

Captivating duo Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) are your typical pair of frenemies in Netflix’s latest binge-worthy obsession Dead to Me. Okay, I take that back, maybe they aren’t so typical. Jen is an explosive mix of emotion, anger, and brutal honesty while Judy is the unstable yet supportive other half. You can’t blame Jen for her rage because her husband was killed by a hit and run and you can’t blame Judy for her instability because she was the one who murdered Jen’s

Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ Has The Relationship Advice You Need Right Now

Ali Wong and Randall Park successfully combine hilarity with modern romance in Always Be My Maybe, the latest rom-com released on Netflix. Although the two main characters end up together, it takes them over 30 years to get there after facing obstacles both men and women face when it comes to opening yourself up in a relationship. Sasha (Ali Wong) feared to reveal her crush while Marcus (Randall Park) was afraid to be vulnerable, especially after his mother passes away.

Reminder: You’re Worth Being Brave

Fellow introvert and an inspiring breath of fresh perspective, Brené Brown, has spent 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. After watching her Netflix special, I couldn’t order her latest book, one of five New York Times bestsellers, fast enough. She inspired me to think, and she pushed me to learn. Her words urge you not to look at how to change others, but rather focus on improving yourself, which comes from being vulnerable.

10 Magical ‘Unicorn Store’ Lessons That Will Completely Change Your Adult Life

Brie Larson has made her directorial debut on top of starring in Unicorn Store now streaming on Netflix. Like any young girl growing up in the ’90s, her character Kit Larson falls in love with rainbows, unicorns, and glitter leading her to find a passion for creating art. She brings this child-like mindset with her into adulthood and as a result, isolates herself from people, befriending imaginary unicorn-friends and stuffed animals. She eventually fails out of art school and ends up back at hom

I Never Thought Amy Schumer Was Funny, But ‘Growing’ Changed My Mind

It’s not that I didn’t like Amy Schumer, I’ve actively been a giant fan for everything she stands for. I love her feminist points of view and her unique ability to just always keep it real. But if I’m honest, she never really made me laugh that much. So as much as I adored her as a creative, I didn’t categorize as one of my favorite people in comedy. But after watching her latest comedy special Growing, I was laughing just about the entire time, which is saying a lot. I don’t give pity laughs,

The Biggest Lesson From ‘Shrill’: Choose Your Body, Choose Yourself

Aidy Bryant shines in Hulu’s original, Shrill. This masterpiece brings relevant matters into focus opening with an unfamiliar scene of an overweight woman having and, more importantly, enjoying sex. Aidy Bryant may not fit into the standard body type of sexuality typically showcased on film today, but she doesn’t give a shit. And she shouldn’t because people of all body types have sex. Every woman can be sexy, and body size has nothing to do with it.

‘Russian Doll’ Is A Perfect Example Of Why We Need More Female TV Writers

If you fell in love with her no-bullshit and uncensored attitude as Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black you’re going to want to watch Natasha Lyonne in Netflix’s latest Russian Doll as Nadia Vulvokov. Lyonne continues to showcase an organic madness that only she can bring on screen. The series begins by completely blowing your mind quite literally after Nadia leaves her 36th birthday just to get hit by a car.

3 Marriage Takeaways From ABC’s ‘Splitting Up Together’

If you’re like me, you immediately became a fan of Splitting Up Together just for the simple fact that you would be able to reconnect with Pam Beesly from “The Office.” In this sitcom, Pam is all grown up as actress Jenna Fischer stars opposite Oliver Hudson (yes, that’s Kate Hudson’s brother), who is equally as hilariously charming as Jim Halpert. Fischer and Hudson (who play Lena and Martin) have a palpable onscreen chemistry that’ll keep you engaged as an audience. You want to fight for the