Out of curiosity, I checked out the Freeform channel’s latest despair at attaining new viewership with their debut of their latest show to appease and lure their millennial viewership: “The Bold Type.” I must say, this show has its definitive moments, but it’s overshadowed by the annoying self-centered woahs so commonly transplanted across the manufactured steel in a big city. The show revolves around three youngins’ (under 30) who work for a fashion and beauty magazine (that’s original) and collaborate in a fashion closet to discuss how “mean” the world treats them. When faced with “big people” challenges, they confine themselves in a barrage of designer clothing and shoes and conform to every single millennial stereotype that exists. Jane, one of the youngins’ who started out as an intern for the magazine, was granted her dream job and stayed on board as a writer for the magazine. Kat is a social media director struggling with her sexual identity, and Slutton……sorry, that’s Sutton…..is an assistant who’s using her egocentric agenda to get what she wants out of a career. Bold, yes. Originality…..insipid.
The pilot starts off when the three youngins’ catwalk into the office and gawk at a strikingly red, strappy adorned feet on a desk, complimented by a 3-inch heel. These feet belong to the editor-in-chief, a strong-willed, competent female at least 60 years ago age (sorry darlin’. No amount of plastic surgery will ever hide your real age. All I have to do is look at your hands) who thrives on any kind of challenge thrown her way. One challenge, that seems to be the premise of this show, is encouraging her newly promoted writer to delve into areas not foreseen in the mind of a millennial, such as: how to go about stalking your ex when he or she doesn’t participate in social media. As I suspected, the shows frowns upon anyone who doesn’t engage social media, especially if you are a millennial. It was like nails on a chalkboard. Nowadays, maintaining privacy is a huge issue, and considering that America is so laxed with it comes to regulation, I find it perplexing that society demands to gain every bit of information they can on other people they normally would not encounter. This show doesn’t help.
Her editor gives Jane a writing assignment: how to go about stalking your ex the old fashioned way. That was an entertaining episode, because: believe it or not, there was a time when we kept handwritten phone numbers buried deep under the piles of receipts and other handwritten notes; or when they were found by way of serendipity in the depths of an older designer handbag, peeking about the mass coinage and old lipstick tubes. You would call that number, and all the while you’re doing Hail Mary’s. If there is a God, the operator would say, “We’re sorry, the number you dialed has been disconnected…….calls have been forward to a NEW number…….” You would call that new number, and frantically hang up when someone answers the phone. In this episode, the newly deemed writer has to go about finding a way to stalk an ex without the means of digital glory. It made my heart smile.
For me, the appeal to this show is to see how the millennials provoke themselves in a big people’s world. It’s a cute show. I can do without the annoying “Pop-Up Video” style text messages and Snapchats. Speaking of Snapchat, I still do not understand the allure of it. Doesn’t text messaging do the same thing?
Anyone not currently enrolled in high school often wish they could be in school right now. I felt that way for many years, but now I’m not so sure. I only want to return for the sake of reclaiming my youth and vitality, but I can do without the digital doodaddery. I don’t want to have to endure what the online bullying must be like, in an age where the most vile and imbolent creatures can be found online (I’m mostly referring to the ADULTS). Teenagers, where the lot of them are little assholes in the making, throw around their ignoble energy without caring of the consequences. This show also deals with cyber bullying, where, suffice to say, has a better means of laying out its effects and the hurt it can cause towards fellow man. This show has done a MUCH BETTER job at addressing it than Melania Trump. Wasn’t that supposed to be her platform?