February 24, 2020

Can Netflix Make #MeToo Funny?

“Katherine Ryan’s Netflix comedy special is like a saucy Gilmore Girls, and she’s a woke Lorelai who doesn’t need a man — and pretty much hopes never to have one.

The Canadian comedian follows up her 2017 stand-up, In Trouble, with a new release, Glitter Room, in which she takes shots at everyone from men to the president to more men.

It’s occasionally funny, though the best thing about it may be Ryan’s sparkling blouse. In some ways, her comedy is like her shirt: charming, diverting, and very in your face. It can be insightful, as it is when she explains how single parenthood is completely different for men and women.

“If you’re unsure about your choices, ask yourself: ‘Would I be more celebrated if I were doing this as a man?’” she said. “They would have made me ‘The Bachelor’ two years ago. Like, ‘Oh my god, how does he do it? … How does he raise a gorgeous young daughter without financial help from anywhere?’ And there’d be memes of me, just vacuuming with no shirt on.”

There are YouTube videos of fathers braiding their daughters’ hair that have millions of views, she says. For a mom, it’s just three sections of hair intertwined.

But at other times, Ryan uses her gender commentary to rehash tired tropes about men, marriage, and society.”

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