Kimmy Schmidt is my hero

Jessie Goodson, Campus Carrier Features Editor

What the ham sandwich is a Kimmy Schmidt? Why can’t the world be your noodles and butter? Aren’t the Olsen twins really four people?

I used to wonder the same thing, and then I watched Netflix Original’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” 

Have you run out of things to watch on Netflix and want a new series to binge? Well if you like Kimmy Schmidt as much I do, you’ll binge it twice. It’s the perfect show to watch while doing homework or cleaning. You can multi-task without missing anything.

Schmidt is a 29-year-old woman who has been kept in an underground bunker-cult for 15 years by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. After she and the three other women were found, Schmidt moved to New York City with nothing but a purple Jansport backpack, an eighth-grade education and sheer happiness. We can all relate, right?

Okay, maybe you’re not a cult survivor or a small red-headed woman, but I guarantee anyone who watches the show can find some sort of similarity between themselves and one of the characters. Moving to college and leaving the familiar as a student was just a little like Schmidt moving to New York. Sure, I have more than an eighth grade education, but there are days that I feel pretty lost and clueless. 

“You get to live your life the way you want,” Schmidt said. “That’s the whole point of not being in a bunker. Nobody gets to tell you what to do.”

The show is not only hilarious, it’s also encouraging. Most of what the characters say has a hidden, supportive meaning. When I’m having a rough day, I watch Kimmy Schmidt and I get the encouragement to move on. 

Schmidt does this thing where she counts to 10 in any bad situation. She knows that if she can get through the next 10 seconds, she can get through another 10, and another and so forth. 

“We’re just covering up our problems,” Schmidt said. “In order to fix ourselves, we have to start right here. Find that small unbreakable you inside yourself.”

Schmidt’s roommate, Titus Andromedon, is o He is an aspiring actor trying his hardest to make it in New York, even if that means dressing as a knock-off Iron Man in Times Square. Titus may love himself, but he also loves his friends. He’ll even mess up his R. Kelly cassette tape to prove it, and that takes a lot of guts. 

“I’m pretty tough, like a diamond, or beef jerky in a ball gown,” Andromedon said. 

Schmidt and Andromedon’s relationship is funny, loving and unpredictable. If all college students treated their roommates the way these two treat each other, the world would be a better place. 

“We are going to pay the rent, I’m gonna get my job back, and I’m going to kiss a boy,” Schmidt said to Andromedon. “And you are going to sing at the Grammys with Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.”

The show was nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, two of which were for Outstanding Comedy Series. It has been nominated for 51 awards total, winning nine. Season three is set to be released May 19, 2017.

Schmidt may not know the difference between a computer and a smart phone, and she thinks that ‘molly’ at a party is the same thing as Molly the American Girl doll, but she sees the good in the world and turns terrible things funny. More people should be like Kimmy Schmidt.

“Hashbrown, no filter,” said Schmidt.

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