Foreword: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt

I was surprised when I heard the famously hilarious Tina Fey had turned her energies to producing a comedy about a cult victim making a new life for herself in New York City. Certainly the juxtaposition of small town cult victim and big city savior-faire is fertile ground for a situational comedy. But the broad strokes the show’s writers use to paint the “Mole Girls” does not make this advocate for cult victims entirely comfortable.

However the show, full of caricatures and gross generalities, is not without value. Hard topics can be uncomfortable to broach. Issues that need to be exposed are sometimes left untouched because of their difficult nature. It is true that cults in America and around the world are flourishing. In large part their success is ensured by our willingness to let them remain underground so to speak. And if humor a la Tina Fey is our entry point to this difficult but necessary conversation, then so be it.

It’s my intention to take each episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and dissect it. Read my thoughts on episode 1 here. To lift up the truths about the real Kimmy’s in our midst and to debunk the myths that are so often drawn from by the show’s writers. Because Kimmy is worth it. And certainly worth it are the cult survivors I’ve grown to know and love.