Netflix new show “Haters Back Off” oddly good
By Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor
There are many people that may have more confidence than others or put on the façade of being overly confident for their own self-esteem. Then there are the few people who actually are completely, overly confident and feel that the world revolves simply around them. This is the case for Miranda Sings portrayed by Colleen Ballinger in the newly released Netflix series, “Haters Back Off.”
This show is extremely awkward most of the time and leaves the viewer wondering if they really should laugh or if it is really just stupidity that they are watching. It is like watching a train wreck that one cannot turn away from because it is so bad and senseless that it turns out to be really decent.
The comedy follows the oddball family life of the fictional YouTube star Miranda Sings. She is incredibly confident, self absorbed teenager who sings, dances, acts and models on her rise to fame. The biggest problem is that she lacks talent of any sort. She continues her plight for stardom no matter the cost. She feels she was born to be famous even though no one else knows yet and she refuses to back down.
The show also features Miranda’s Uncle Jim (Steve Little), sister Emily (Francesca Reale) and mother Bethany (Angela Kinsey). It also features Patrick (Erik Stocklin), Miranda’s love interest.
The show does revolve around Miranda and her plight to be a sensation through the atrocious singing videos she makes with the help of her Uncle Jim as her manager. She virtually ignores her sister who keeps her entire family a secret from her friends out of embarrassment and likes to be left alone. Bethany finds out she has kidney disease and tries to hide it from everyone because she wants to be a supportive mom, when really she just seems clueless like the rest of the family. The most mature and “normal” one is Emily.
The surreal and absurd comedy is not only a bizarre family to be laughed at, but hints at real societal themes. It is described as a commentary on society today and our fascination with fame or becoming famous. The show is set in modern day even though the house décor and much of what the family besides Emily wears seems to be stuck in the 70s. It adds an illusion also with the way the family acts about the Internet suddenly becoming popular and YouTube being seen as a groundbreaking thing. This illusion is glossed over or broken though with hints to modern day society, such as when Justin Bieber becoming a star off of YoutTube and the cat craze are mentioned.
Overall the first season consisted of eight, thirty-minute episodes and was short, but very impactful. It is an extremely awkward form of entertainment in a stupidly hilarious way, making one feel like their life is virtually more stable than those of the characters. In the end it does touch on some societal themes that bring the show more depth and has an undertone of sadness about how life really is in the spotlight that leaves the viewer in the last episode with a twist to really think about.