Every time fans' hatred for show goes on entirely too long the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
Like most young women I’ve dabbled in my fair share of true crime stories. It’s almost impossible not to, I mean I grew up on Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted and even dedicated my time and Twitter feed to the live stream of the Jodi Arias trial. However, my absolute favorite genre of true crime is all about the scam. I love me some cults. The People’s Temple, Heaven’s Gate, Teal Swan’s YouTube channel, Scientology, Fundamental Latter Day Saints, regular old Latter Day Saints, regular old Christianity! That is my basic bitch kink and because we’ve seen scams exposed in the last few years thanks to the internet there have been a number of non-religious groups appearing on my radar, but one that nobody has missed I’m sure, is LuLaRoe. The clothing company that is more than just a pyramid scheme (and which I admittedly contributed dollars to) shares many traits of your run of the mill cult and Vice breaks it all down in their half hour piece Leaving LuLaRoe.
Other articles and podcasts like Sounds Like MLM but Okay have covered some of the material in this special, including the owner coercing consultants into undergoing a tummy tuck in Tijuana. (Talk about always be selling.) These women who rose through the ranks by recruiting new consultants and buying inventory upfront have been at the forefront of exposing LuLaRoe’s practices, but there were still unanswered questions like why had the quality of the product declined so quickly? Why were the consultants receiving smelly or wet clothes? This doc answers those questions. It can be hard to garner sympathy for these women who joined LuLaRoe of their own volition and amassed huge amounts of debt and clothing they couldn’t sell, but like in most cults they don’t realize how deeply they have been manipulated until it’s too late.
The Carmichael Show
I can’t remember the last time I binged a series before this week. In less than 7 days I watched 32 episode of a series I previously had no idea existed. The Carmichael Show is too good. Having been raised in a golden age of sitcoms I have a special affinity for them and this one is among the best of them.
The show is based off the comedy of comedian Jerrod Carmichael. After Drag Race was not enough to clear my palette of all the burninating of King’s Landing a week ago I was browsing HBO and found Jerrod’s recentish special 8. It instantly became a favorite of mine. The jokes, delivery and direction display the artform as uniquely and insightfully as the likes of Nanette or 3 Mics, I can not speak highly enough about it.
It centers around the Carmichael family and consists of an amazing cast that features Tiffany Haddish, David Allen Grier, Loretta Devine, Lil Rel Howery, Amber Stevens West and the comedian himself. It has drawn obvious comparisons to All in the Family but it since I'm not old it reminds me of Family Matters. I hate comparisons that seem based on race but it’s hard not to think of this as a modern day version of the Winslows. I've convinced myself my comparison is because as African American families the Carmichaels and Winslows deal with real problems not white nonsense like food fights and eating disorders. Just kidding, that last one is legit. Among the issues tackled are gender identity, gun rights and family abuse. Some really heavy material, however it tackles them with a reverence that never feels too preachy or flippant. It's honesty and authenticity were unparalleled.
It feels like a really important show and I wish it hadn’t been cancelled but on bright side you can commit knowing it won't become a burden to keep up with.