Ketchup Cut: The Bold Type, carrying the weight to portray empowerment

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Ketchup Cut: The Bold Type, carrying the weight to portray empowerment

With amazing stories about powerful women, The Bold Type has become an all time favourite for us!

There aren't too many shows out there that have an ensemble of powerful female characters highlighting issues and that every woman faces on a daily basis. The ones we have, carry the pressure to be good at representing the issues and to be 'bold' about it. The Bold Type falls under this category of shows that put across female issues and achievements in the best way possible, and on today's Ketchup Cut we discuss one of the most powerful scenes from the series - Carry The Weight.

About The Bold Type!

Created by – Sarah Watson

Cast – Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward, Melora Hardin, Stephen Conrad Moore, Nikohl Boosheri

Where to watch – Netflix

Based on the lives of three best friends and colleagues, the series chronicles the lives of three millennial women, Jane, Sutton, and Kat, all of whom are employed at a global publication called Scarlet in New York City. The show discusses everything that happens in a creative workspace and also common issues that women face in their lives and portrays it in a sensitive yet bold manner.

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The fact that the show revolves around three young women working their way to the top in their personal and professional lives itself opens several doors of opportunities to explore what every young woman witnesses in her life. Each of the characters is different, standing out in their own way and across the seasons we've seen them succeed, fail and learn from their actions, making this show so relatable. The scene or rather the episode in the discussion today is the finale episode of Season 1, 'Carry The Weight.'

While the three best friends have the floor to themselves, we are equally enticed by other characters in the show. And the one played by Melora Hardin, Jacqueline, is everyone's dream boss. It's so rare to find a boss who pushes you to be better at your job instead of wanting to one-up you all the time. Jacqueline is everything a boss should be like. She's great at her job, understanding, and open to hearing one's point of view regardless of where they stand in the hierarchy. Her persona radiates strength and power. It's hard for anyone to move past her and not be attracted by her energy. But the finale of Season 1 put Jacqueline in a whole new light. We suddenly saw her as someone we could also relate to.

The episode was all about the three ladies trying to deal with their own insecurities while learning to be better at their jobs. Kat was trying to improve Scarlet's social media follower count and host a fashion week while getting distracted by Adena's travel posts. Sutton was trying to get over her breakup and questioning her decision to hook up after being drunk. And Jane was contemplating on how she would break her decision to quit Scarlet only for her to be assigned an article to cover the performance/art installation by artist/rape survivor Mia (Ana Kayne).

Mia’s performance piece involves carrying weight, playing on the image of Lady Justice. It was so much more than educating the world about its significance. It was about helping other survivors feel less alone! Anyone who is a rape survivor could volunteer to 'carry the weight' and show solidarity to another rape survivor. For a show that talks about silly everyday mistakes and the behind-the-scenes of working with a publication, this scene made it worth the watch. The show was able to handle and talk about real-life issues in the most empowering way. Everything in that episode made sense especially when Jacqueline took the weight and stood there.

It was that moment of strength, acceptance, respect, and knowledge that just did it for us. Not just the survivors but also for the ones around them. In between all the partying and love triangles, this episode reminded us that survivors are present everywhere. Witnessing their boss just walk past them and take the weight was not just a moment of shock but also a moment of acknowledgement that she was ready to speak about it even after all these years.

For anyone who watched the show, it was a moment of goosebumps. From a fancy office party, Jacqueline walked straight to carrying the weights, the scene highlighted the stark difference yet similarity of both worlds. The scene hinted that the unfortunate instance can be a part of any women's life, and it is more to someone than meets the eye. The scene and episode that followed after, initiated the conversation of speaking up for the sake of yourself and others. In our view, it is one of the most powerful scenes of the show.

About the show:

While big issues are covered in the final season, Joanna Coles said, "I would say the biggest issues covered this season are more personal and they’re around the nature of friendship, the nature of romantic relationships, and the relationship between a boss and her employees." Read the full interview at Grazia.

Fun Facts:

The show is inspired by the life and career of former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine Joanna Coles who is also the executive producer of the series.

The actors that portray Jacqueline and Ian Carlyle (Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson) are married in real life.

The episode of Jacqueline’s wedding anniversary was filmed on the same day when Melora Hardin, who plays the character, celebrated her wedding anniversary.

Scarlett's main building is the same as that in the show, Suits. The angle and lobby entrance shot for the show is the same as in Suits.

The episode when an employee tries the Goop stone and realizes it won't come out of their private parts happened IRL. One of the employees from a magazine was writing an article about a sponge, but they weren't able to remove it themselves.

Awards and recognition:

  • Teen Choice Awards: Nominated for Choice Summer TV Show (2017- 2019), Choice Summer TV Star (Female)
  • GLAAD Media Awards Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Imagen Awards: Nominated for Best Actress
  • Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Drama Series

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