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'Jessica Jones' Says #MeToo

* JJ-Me-too.jpgIf ever there was a superhero for the #MeToo cultural moment, it was Jessica Jones. From the word "go" the character and her show (and her comics before that) have served as a vehicle to explore issues surrounding abuse (physical, sexual, and psychological), recovery, and PTSD. The first season of 'Jessica Jones' was widely praised for exactly that and the second season certainly isn't shying away from continuing along that path.

Sometimes, however, that manifests in surprising ways. Case in point, within the first few episodes of the new season, a storyline is introduced that deals with a filmmaker who has a history of abusing women. That, of course, is a depressingly familiar story in a post-#MeToo world. But okay, the show's being topical. Given the issues the first season dealt with, that's hardly unexpected, right? Well, yes and no. The subject matter itself isn't the surprising part. What is surprising is the timing of it. As series' star Krysten Ritter explains:

"We finished shooting before the #MeToo movement, and we were all kind of like, "Wow." It's a completely crazy coincidence. When all of that started coming out, we were all texting each other: "Holy shit. We're doing this on our show!" The #MeToo movement started in October, I believe, and we finished shooting on October 1st."

12th March 2018

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