The Bold Type is a striking name and show which tells the story of three young women in fashion endeavoring to grow their careers and social life.
The show stars Katie Stevens as Jane Sloan; Aisha Dee as Kat Edison; and Meghann Fahy as Sutton Brady. I love the concept, the idea is brilliant and fun. I just have one qualm with it, namely, the lack of diversity.
I love Kat, she vivacious, outspoken and intrepid. Still, I find her one dimensional. She is only shown as either reckless; rowdy,or sincere; regretful. She doesn't have the leaps in success the others have, or the moments where her troubles are highlighted, not as a secondary issue but as a primary focus. She is mainly a character that pushes other stories forward and though that is not sincerely problematic all on it's own, the fact that her identity is only focused on in terms of her sexuality is.
Kat is more that the outspoken friend who happens to be bisexual. She is also biracial, a woman and a daughter of two parents who may be psychologists. I am really hoping that at some point, like Sutton, there will me more of a focus on who Kat is.
What is her preference in music? What was her childhood like? Has she dated a lot? What kind of men? Black, white, Asian? Has she ever faced racism or discrimination? The portion of her story which leads to the strong character she is at present is missing and they are important questions. These questions, if answered, would make her more relatable, diverse, and ultimately, realistic.
How can a biracial girl in New York go years without facing discrimination of any sort right?
Nonetheless, the show has its awesome moments, such as showing that some women have never had an orgasm and that's ok. The writers also highlight the dedication it takes to succeed through Sutton. So, I'm hopeful that the show will continue to grow and cater to all audiences.
Comments below, tell me what you think of the show and what you would like to see in the show. Don't be stingy with your thoughts!
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