Netflix released its own series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” earlier this month after the show had been rejected by NBC.
With a score of 96 percent on “Rotten Tomatoes,” it is now all the rage among Netflix subscribers and those who mooch off someone else’s account. However, like all good shows, there is always an audience with a bitter taste in their mouth. Of those disagreeing with the show, the common consensus is racism and that the show lacks depth.
As a fellow Kimmy, I decided it was only necessary to try this show out and see if there was any validity in these statements. Also, it was written by Robert Carlock and Tina Fey, so there had to be some good in it.
The show’s premise revolves around a girl named Kimmy who was in captivity for 15 years. She was rescued from a cult, along with three other women, and is now beginning to start over. She decides to venture into New York City and survive on her own. She takes every day as lighthearted and carefree as possible, while trying to maneuver this new-age time. She struggles to pay rent with her roommate, a homosexual aspiring Broadway actor named Titus.
The show has depth in its humor, considering it is crossing barriers that cable television has been setting up for years. However, sometimes its humor comes across as too satirically racist.
At the beginning of the pilot episode, Matt Lauer is interviewing them on “The Today Show” when he asks the Hispanic woman, who was also in captivity, why she hadn’t learned English in 15 years.
I find it a bit insensitive considering that “joke” has been nudged in the arms of Hispanic people for too long.
The New York Post agreed with the racist remarks by listing off these instances in which a negative spotlight was shining on the characters in the show:
“Kimmy’s black roommate claims it’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday whenever he’s asked for a favor; Kimmy’s boyfriend insists that ‘straight guys can be vegetarians!’ and Jane Krakowski plays a Lakota Indian who is terrified that anyone might suspect she isn’t white. There’s a Vietnamese guy named Dong.”
Despite the occasional typecasting, the show redeems itself in its outlandish humor and relatable headliner, Kimmy, played by Ellie Kemper.
If you’re into the humor of “30 Rock,” enjoy a good laugh or need a show to watch while doing homework, this is the one for you. It’s funny enough to be good but doesn’t cross an overly stereotypical line.