Everything wrong with The Guardian’s review of Girlboss

Sonia Hadj Said

Julia Raeside writes about television for Guardian Guide. This is as far as I will go in researching her since she obviously isn’t bothered to research the generation, ideals and struggles that are mentioned throughout 13 episodes. I mean, there is a difference between giving something a bad review and just writing a bad review. Then there is a complete disaster. Here is the review of the review.

First, Raeside starts portraying the main character – Sophia – as spoiled. “What is it? A Girlboss is a spoiled, egocentric vacuum with a tiny bottom and no empathy.”

This is a poor example of a spoiled person, so even though I’m not native in English, I would like to explain that a spoiled person definitely doesn’t pay her/his rent. A spoiled person doesn’t eat bagels out of the garbage when money is getting low. A spoiled person (like so many of us, like Hannah in ‘Girls’) runs to their parents.

Second, a statement in second paragraph already:“Why you’ll love it: If you watch Girlboss and love it, I want you to get help.”

If you don’t have anything to fill in the Guardian’s clearly annoying question for you, just skip it. Or, maybe, as a journalist, be impartial and try to think why someone from a different generation might like it. Just an idea.

Third statement: “If real Sophia is anything like fictional Sophia (played by the otherwise excellent Britt Robertson, the spunky teen from Tomorrowland) then she deserves none of her success and should immediately hand over every cent to charity for crimes against humanity.”

Deciding she doesn’t deserve her success after all this hard work just because she has a sharp tongue and puts herself first – how dare she.

Fourth: “Fictional Sophia is a walking selfie, whining about having to work for a living.” Only that she is working for a living and she is making sure it’s something she enjoys. Again, how dare she.

Fifth: “Money makes her cry. It’s everything wrong with the world today, distilled into a single, selfish tear.”

This is what people do when they have no money and manage to get it by doing something by themselves. Don’t know the feeling, do we?

Sixth: “She has no romance in her heart because all that’s at stake is her success.”

It is simply unacceptable not to put a love interest in a centre of tv series about a young girl. I mean, what else can a young girl’s life be about? Also, please, don’t call it a “sleepover”.

Overall, and trying to be impartial, this might be the most disappointing, opinionated and full of shit piece of writing that could be published by a leading media website. Of course we are overly confident and we put ourselves first. We want success first, love later. We will quit ten jobs in a row if they’re making us unhappy. We will do everything we can to be our own boss because we think we deserve best.

But we also live in crammed bedrooms paying most of our salary for them. We work for free in massive companies in order to get the “experience”, one after another. We get in debts for overpriced education without which those big companies won’t even look at our CV. I mean, really, Raeside, how dare we be the way we are?


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