How the Brilliant New Series “I May Destroy You” Confronts Rape Culture | FFR 137

We begin this week’s episode by acknowledging the passing of Chadwick Boseman, talking a bit about his impact, his legacy, and the grief so many of us have felt in response to the loss.

Our main topic this week is the incendiary series I May Destroy You, written by and starring the staggeringly talented Michaela Coel. Our conversation covers the revelatory way in which the show frankly and honestly confronts so many forms of rape and sexual assault, and a larger culture that normalizes and perpetuates them. We also discuss the remarkable complexity of the show’s central characters, as they often make choices that we as viewers may strenuously object to, but never in a way that reduces them to villains or makes them seem worthy of being written off as people.

Time Stamps:
1:40 – Reacting to the Passing of Chadwick Boseman
8:50 – I May Destroy You
46:45 – What’s Your FREQ-Out: Carolyn on Episode 3 of Lovecraft Country, Ebony on P-Valley, Anita on Semiosis by Sue Burke

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