Is Girlboss the Most Misunderstood Show on Netflix?

19 May


As a huge fan of the book #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, I wasn't sure whether the TV show would live up to my expectations, especially given that the book was part autobiography, part advice.

The show's release happened to coincide with a day where I was in the house alone and didn't have much to do so, erm...I watched the entire series in one go.

And I loved it.

The first episode was a little bit cringey, but once it got into the swing of things, it had everything I like in a show: sarcasm, pop culture references and amazing clothes. It made me feel like I could take on the world and it had an ah-may-zing soundtrack. Oh, and Britt Robertson gave me serious hair envy.

However, it seems that the majority of the internet disagrees with me, judging by the scathing reviews I've seen. Firstly, I think a lot of reviewers have only seen the first episode, which wasn't great. But I'm shocked at how many people hated it, especially as I enjoyed it so much.

Here's why I think people are missing the point of Girlboss.

It's fictional

While Girlboss is obviously based on Sophia Amoruso's story of going from a dumpster diving crust punk to a YSL clad CEO, it's not supposed to be 100% autobiographical. I imagine it would be quite dull to watch someone sit in their room listing items on eBay for a couple of years.

So critics complaining that the wedding dress episode was unrealistic and definitely didn't happen? Duh. I hate to break it to you, but the average twenty-something can't afford to live in a huge apartment in Manhattan and sit in a coffee shop with their Friends all day, either.

Just because a TV show inspired by a real story, that doesn't mean everything in it must be factual. For a historical biopic, maybe. But not a light-hearted sitcom.

People are taking it too seriously

As I mentioned, Nasty Gal has not been hitting the headlines for the best reasons in recent years, so now is possibly the worst time for Girlboss to air (in fact, I think whoever picked the release date needs their head checking).

Unfortunately, this means that it is hard to watch it without thinking about where the company is now, and that detracts from how funny the show actually is.

I also think that people don't want to like the show because of their issues with Sophia Amoruso/Nasty Gal, so they deliberately look for faults in it. Girlboss is really similar to a lot of TV shows that everyone raves about (Love, Master of None, You're The Worst) in that it's a comedy focusing on self-centred, flawed young people who aren't short of a sassy quip or two, but it's getting slated left, right and centre because of the politics surrounding it.

Sophia isn't the typical female lead

I wouldn't describe Sophia as a horrible person, but she's pretty selfish, immature and rude, especially at the start of the series. But as her business grows, she matures and gets her business head on.

I found it really inspiring to watch a girl my age grow a business from nothing, especially as part of the generation who have graduated from university to a serious lack of jobs. I can relate to her inability to hold down a job she hates and her refusal to conform to the usual path. She couldn't find a job that excited her, so she created one. That's the millennial motto, no?

Call me cynical, but I think that if Sophia was a man she would be praised as charming and clever. You don't see this amount of vitriol aimed at Don Draper, even though he lied and cheated his way through seven seasons of Mad Men.

Have you seen Girlboss? What did you think of it?

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