Welp, in today’s edition of Pop Culture Garbage, I’ve got another delightful gem for you.
I’m telling you…the filth that’s out there for us to consume is absolutely heinous. Seriously.
And today’s culprit: Shrill, on Hulu, starring Aidy Bryant, from SNL.
Ok, so story time: and spoiler alert…it ends with me making my special gentleman turn it off, while proclaiming, “I don’t want to give this trash my viewership! We vote with our pocketbooks!” SO…buckle up, people.
So it’s Tuesday evening. I was over at my man’s apartment for dinner and a movie.
We had just eaten a gorgeous meal that I brought over. So we wanted to just watch something mindless. We recognized Aidy Bryant from SNL, and so decided to give it a shot.
It was your typical millennial, I’m-having-trouble-navigating-adulthood “comedy” (eye roll) where the writers pathetically lean on crass jokes about sex, drugs and the patriarchy. So from the jump, it was pretty shoddy.
But what made me sick was the scene where she has an abortion, and more specifically, her response to it.
In the scene directly following the procedure, depicting the following day, Aidy’s character gets all dressed up in a new dress, curls her hair, and impudently declares: “I feel really, really good…And I got myself into this huge f***ing mess, but I made a decision only for me – for myself – and I got myself out of it. I feel very f***ing powerful right now. And I just feel like I need to go out. I’m feeling myself.”
In case you missed that, she was feeling herself after ending the life of her child.
**Pause for the silent prayer I’m saying for all the 50+ million babies who will meet the same tragic fate as this fictitious one, this year alone.**
Here’s the thing. Obviously, I hate that this show had the main character have an abortion. It is heartbreaking. It’s wrong. But I typically don’t have this level of visceral reaction to those depictions in other movies.
What I really despised, and the thing that is so dangerous – is how flip they depicted it.
There was no second thought. There was no even eye-bat of sadness or remorse – or even recognition that it was a big deal.
She just – boop – went and had her child’s body sucked out of her uterus with a vaccum, and then — hairflip — Let’s get margaritas!
“I feel very f***ing powerful right now!”
Oh how my heart breaks for this woman.
The thing that was so tragic to me, is the message that this sends young women who are grappling with the situation of an unplanned pregnancy.
Here they are, about to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives, and they see THIS false depiction on TV that having an abortion is like nothing more than going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned.
Where was a) the physical pain? Where was the emotional trauma? Where was the post-abortion grief — which causes suicide rates to be six times higher in women who had abortions, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
Having an abortion is a huge deal for the mother — and not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And even though it may not be felt immediately following, it is something she will literally carry with her for the rest of her life.
As you know, I was one of two speakers at a women’s conference back in March of this year. And the other speaker, was this amazing woman, Alyssa, who shared her testimony. And part of her testimony, was sharing about the multiple abortions she had.
And listening to her describe how it was like carrying anvils over her head. The crushing sorrow. The stifling guilt and grief was nearly too much for her to bear. And praise God she didn’t follow through with her plan to end her life, and instead, surrendered all that pain and suffering to Jesus, who absolutely turned her life around and set her heart free and on fire. (You can listen to her incredible testimony here).
Talking to her, and getting to know this absolutely incredible woman, and the tumultuous journey she has been through, I got to hear firsthand what it really is like in the aftermath of an abortion.
She was all I could think about, as I watched Aidy Bryant flip her hair, and declare that she felt “so f****ing powerful,” and was “feeling herself.”
It enraged me, but at the same time, my heart broke for the suffering I knew was in store for this — albeit ficticious — character.
There was a lack of responsibility there. For the truth. For the gravity of the situation. I don’t care if you’re pro-life, pro-abortion, pro-whatever…(well, I do…)…but the fact is, no matter what you believe, the truth of the matter is that women who undergo abortions have one heck of a difficult road ahead, and they need support. And love. And compassion. And healing. And Christ.
Because, on their own, the self-medications are full of vice, and emptiness, and even more pain, if that’s even possible.
There is hope and freedom of that pain in Jesus.
I want to close with just two quick things.
First: one thing that Alyssa told me that was really healing for her, that was suggested to her by her priest, was to name her babies in Heaven. Give them a name and start that relationship with them, that you can one day continue in Heaven. I thought that was beautiful, and incredibly powerful.
But lastly – I turned that garbage programming off. After that scene, I shut Shrill off.
We’re living in a time where conservative, faithful views and beliefs are being censored on social media — I mean, this post — like my previous FOUR pro-life posts were all banned from Facebook — will probably be censored. Faithful voices are being either silenced or made out to be backwards-thinking bigots.
And they can sensor us, they can lie to us through the news and media, and paint a false narrative about who we are and what we stand for.
But one thing they can’t control is our spending power, and where we give our views.
Because in streaming wars and the content boom that we’re seeing, viewership numbers matter — it’s a currency. So if we refuse to support the companies that promote messages and ideas you don’t agree with, or refuse to watch shows that belittle Christian values….they will hear us loud and clear.
And frankly, it’s the only option we have left.
So. I will not be finishing that show, and I encourage you not to either.
And instead, I will be saying extra prayers for the 125,000 babies that are killed every single day from abortion.
Let’s be the voice for the voiceless.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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