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last week’s episode Rap boo! Showing off a scene so clever, so poignant, it’s unbelievable that it’s contained in only a handful of lines. While partying at a club in Miami, a young woman named Nelly meets a man who turns out to be a Postmates delivery guy — and he’s tasked with giving Nelly a Plan B pill and then with her boyfriend Have a video chat and show him she takes it. The whole moment comes and goes, and in the blink of an eye, you’ll miss the time, and there’s a sharp sense of humor that’s become a hallmark of the show. It is also a sign of the times.
weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wadepeople have been debating what role entertainment – movies, TV, video games – should play in telling later stories?roe Life. After years of some shocking depictions of abortion in film and television, the topic of reproductive health care is starting to get a more realistic portrayal.what happened Rap boo!Likely written and produced before the Supreme Court decision in June, the stories are supposed to be this way: simple and without drama. Plan B is not the same as abortion, but a restriction on reproductive health care — especially in Rap boo!Hometown Florida — a world where one can no longer get a Plan B over the counter feels plausible as the world gets tighter and tighter, such scenarios are stuck in time.
That doesn’t mean a show like this Rap boo! There will be no Plan B jokes, but the situation will be more difficult.Hollywood writers are already debating how to write a plotline that reflects abortionroe world. “I think it forces a lot of women to think differently about their role in the world, and that will inevitably be reflected in writing and art,” crazy ex girlfriend Producer Erin Brosh McKenna told hollywood reporter recent.in a New York Times In the op-ed, Abortion Onscreen researcher Steph Herold noted that over the years, filmmakers and showrunners have “found ways to tell abortion stories” and it’s time to publish more accurate and engaging stories about reproductive health care . “It’s time,” Herold wrote, “that Hollywood should embrace telling bigger, bolder stories about abortion.”
They will get the job done for them.even before the Supreme Court Dobbs When it came time to decide, the showrunners felt pressured to soften the edges of the abortion storyline, or leave it out. (Shonda Rhimes once told The Huffington Post that she “never worked so hard for a scandalous affair as she did on the episode of Olivia Pope’s abortion.”)
Many also seek reproductive health care outside of their script. End of July, including Rhimes and Rap boo! Producer Issa Rae sent a letter to the heads of several studios and streaming services asking them to pledge protections for pregnant employees in states where abortion access is restricted or banned. As in the tech world, behind-the-scenes crews of movies and TV shows work across the country, and show producers want to provide them with protections — such as subsidized travel for abortions, protection of their medical privacy, protection for those seeking abortion or assistance Provide legal protection for anyone who does so, as well as protocols to ensure medical care is provided for those experiencing pregnancy complications. They also demanded that studios stop donating to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees. A few days later, 594 male presenters sent a statement of support.
On Wednesday, they got an answer from the top. kinda.While letters from AMC Networks, Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery say they “believe in [employees] should have access to safe and effective health care, and their privacy should be protected,” it said without addressing the show’s specific request. Instead, it said some health plans already offer travel reimbursement and others are considering a similar move. The letter also made no mention of donating to anti-abortion candidates or political action committees. It concluded by saying “We look forward to working with you to continue producing great content for audiences around the world. “
Now it’s up to all of them to determine how the content will look.