Moving into Dietland episode 5, it feels pretty clear that the state of things are getting a little bit divisive. The good news for Kitty, and the good news for Daisy Chain as a publication, is that sales are through the roof, and if this trend continues everyone will be rolling in cash.
Yet, some of these gains are coming at the expense of some of the men in the company, who are feeling a little worried about how the magazines are flying off the shelves. Kitty’s gotten into bed with Jennifer, which is effectively a terrorist organization calling for women to violently attack horrible men. They are pushing empowerment, but with their manifesto some of the rhetoric is turning violent. She’s fine with it, since it makes her money — yet, is this binary way of thinking really the best? Dietland is a show about commentary — you can call it a satire of you choose, but this is not a world meant to be a bold reflection of reality. It’s a story of oppression and many of the ways that you can take that on, whether it is with your body or with the surrounding world.
One of the things that is the most fascinating about Dietland at the moment comes via the reaction to the show — especially on YouTube. If you look at most of the videos’ like/dislike ratio, this show is being attacked like almost no other. Yet, we have to think that the majority of the people doing this have not actually watched the show, or are thinking on some level that Dietland is actually advocating for Jennifer when that’s not really what this show is all about. The truth of the matter is that this is going to be a divisive series since it has divisive subject matter; what we care about is that it’s well-done and to date, the story is improving and adding depth every week.
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