2015 was the year when half-hour dramedies thrived on television. Just look at how many were realeased and among them how many were just unmissable. Yes, I’m thinking of you newbies Master Of None & Casual. And yes, to you too sophomore You’re the worst & Transparent. Thanks for all the feels, good vibes and melancholy. Red Oaks & Togetherness, we like you but you can do better. Girls you lead the way and we want you back ASAP. Looking, we already miss you very much my dear. As you all know, 2015 was also the year when afro-americans started getting treated better with shows and characters that are not black for the sake of being black, or just funny sidekicks. Empire, How To Get Away With Murder, Blackish… They opened up all new possibilities. But hey, where’s the dramedies with mostly afro-americans talents and characters? They’re coming in 2016! HBO is getting ready. There will be somewhere this year Brothers in Atlanta, about two 30-year old-reporters who try to make it big in the burgeoning black mecca of contemporary Atlanta; and Insecure, starring newcomer Issa Rae. This one is not to be missed! Mark my words.
It could -and probably will- be billed as a “black Girls“, like Looking was said to be a “gay Girls“. But it would be a bit offensive and most importantly: not entirely true. But we can’t overlook the fact that none of Lena Duham’s Girls are black. No judgement. That’s just a fact. Still, the problems met by Hannah and her girlfriends are the same for many black women all around the world. It would have been nice to just recognize it by giving one part to a woman of colour. Not for quotas. Just to be real. Anyway, I don’t see Insecure as HBO’s response to this b(l)acklash, just the opportunity to give Issa Rae, a really promising writer and comedian, a chance to shine and to tell her truth to all of those are interested to hearing it and seeing it just the way it is. Whether you’re male or female. Or unsure. Whether you’re black or white, or brownish, or whatever. Whether you’re confortable in your own skin or insecure. Like she is. Or at least, like her/our heroin is.
You’ve read the pitch up above (no, you didn’t?! JUST DO IT ALREADY!). That’s pretty much all there is to say about the story at this point. Those two friends realize, going towards their thirties, that they deserve better than this life they’re living. They’re smart, they’re ambitious, they’re entitled to. They’re awkward too sometimes and that’s charming. So they’re ready to make things work. Of course, that won’t be easy. But feeling kind of ready is the first step. And admitting that you have a “broken pussy” as they say, is another one. This part of the pilot is hilarious. And it’s not just for the sake of saying repetedly the world “pussy” on television. It means something deep for Molly. Even if a vagina is not that deep I learned. Anyway. Some jokes are bold, racy. The tone they used is totally unapologetic and it feels good. They don’t avoid the question of ethnicity, of belonging to a community. But it’s not at the center. Those girls happen to be a lot of different things, sometimes paradoxical things, and one of them is being black. That’s it.
In many ways, I feel like Insecure is more Master of None than Girls. Or a mix of both. The writing is top-notch. It’s damn funny and it has heart and depth. It’s exactly what we’re asking from a cable dramedy. I can’t wait to witness their tribulations. It’s gonna be good my friends! And maybe It’ll help you fixing your very own broken pussy.
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