Let’s Start with Vanessa (QR 062)

June 19, 2023

A cliffhanger is resolved! Kris has turned in the ending for her book. Fingers crossed that her editor loves it.

This week, Kris and Tara do some deep dives. They discuss the horrors depicted in the new docuseries Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets. It’s (hopefully) balanced by Tara’s recommendation of the week, The Ultimatum: Queer Love, and all the speculation, gasps and laughter it’s brought. Tara and Kris get into all the show’s drama, so if you haven’t watched yet and want to avoid spoilers, stop at 48:30.

Content warnings:

  • Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets: Child abuse, religious trauma, sexual abuse (11:45 – 20:45)
  • The Ultimatum: Queer Love: Narcissism and domestic violence 56:04 – 103:43

Official Recommendations

From Kris: The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone (Netflix) 

This week, Kris recommends the Netflix documentary, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone. It tracks the story of one transgender teen in Australia as she challenges the laws, affirms her gender, and becomes the adult she always wanted to be. Kris says this is something “everyone, straight or queer, should watch.”

From Tara: The Ultimatum: Queer Love (Netflix)

A first for Tara, this week she recommends a reality series: Netflix’s The Ultimatum: Queer Love. Five couples are stuck between ‘will they or won’t they,’ when it comes to getting hitched and they’ve decided to seek trial by television show, instead of pursuing couples counselling. It thrills us, it confuses us, it makes us laugh, but most importantly, according to Tara, “it demands to be discussed with as many people as possible.”

Works/People Discussed

  • Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets (Amazon Prime)
  • Alone, Season Ten (The History Channel)
  • Fast X (2023)
  • Silo (Apple TV+)
  • Ted Lasso, Season Three (Apple TV+)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, Season 8 (Paramount+)
  • Diablo 4 (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
  • I Like To Watch with Trixie and Katya – Drag Queens Trixie & Katya React to The Ultimatum: Queer Love (Youtube)

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