Will Liberal Politics Ruin Netflix’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?'

NewsBusters | 6/1/2017 | Staff
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The third season of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt took a turn into the world of politics by incorporating random snarky political one-liners into almost all of the thirteen half-hour episodes that were released on May 19. With Hillary Clinton supporter and SNL alum Tina Fey as a co-creator of this internet series, it should be no surprise that the 2016 presidential election worked its way into dialogue.

Most of the political one-liners were to be expected – in episode one, titled “Kimmy Gets Divorced?!” Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is looking at colleges to attend and her friend, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) mentions she went to Trump University until she ran out of money. “Go, Pricks!” she exclaims. In episode two, titled “Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades!” Lillian (Carol Kane) canvasses neighbors for votes as she runs for District Council. Learning that they are all felons, she laments, “This neighborhood is just a basket of deplorables.” And on it went.

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The Trump lines were a thread that wove throughout the series this season. Jacqueline said at one point, “I’m done being a kept woman, like Melania Trump” and there’s a sign in police station of Trump in an Uncle Sam-type pose saying, “You’re a loser!” But the worst was when Jacqueline told the story of being asked out by a “hideous but very wealthy man” who thought she was a prostitute and turned out to be a 15-year-old Eric Trump.

After season two ended with Lillian’s decision to fight gentrification of her neighborhood, the story continued into this season with her decision to run for District Council. Her district has only one registered voter, Kimmy. Jacqueline wants to clean up the neighborhood water system with a waterfront sludge cleanup project. Lillian opposes this because she thinks clean water will encourage yuppies to move in, thus gentrification would...
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