In ‘Shrill,’ Lindy West Flips TV’s Fat Tropes | WBEZ
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Shrill AF With Lindy West

Lindy West says she’s all too familiar with the TV trope of an overweight character spending screen time resisting slices of pizza. 

“Usually what we get are weight loss narratives and makeover narratives. And these sort of sad sack stories about either people trying to lose weight and succeeding or trying to lose weight and failing and being sad,” West said on Nerdette.

With Shrill, a new streaming series on Hulu that’s loosely based on West’s 2016 memoir of the same name, she wanted to subvert that narrative.

“The whole idea is that there are other ways to live and that you deserve a life that is bigger than that — and that has a scope beyond your body and what it weighs,” West said.

West talked with Nerdette host Greta Johnsen about creating Shrill, leaving Twitter and writing her new book (a follow-up to this New York Times editorial) which is due out this fall.

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