Kimmy Schmidt is back in action! On May 30, Netflix plans to drop the first half of season four of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the streaming site’s original show that follows a spunky woman as she learns to maneuver life outside of the bunker she spent 15 years living in against her own will. The show has shed a light on several important issues — homophobia, cultural appropriation, PTSD — and now Kimmy and the gang are taking on one of the biggest social issues of the year: the #MeToo movement.
The trailer shows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) in a new office job, where some of her male co-workers lament what it’s like to be a man in today’s social climate. (One co-worker tells her, “You couldn’t possibly understand what it is like to be a male today. Like how come when your body makes milk, it’s ‘beautiful?'”) Kimmy even begins to wonder if there are any good men in the country at all.
“Our characters are not fully aware exactly of what’s going on in the world, for various reasons,” co-showrunner Robert Carlock told The Hollywood Reporter. “But [the #MeToo movement and wave of sexual misconduct claims are] very present, especially in the first half of the season as we’ve talked about it. Kimmy [will be] confronting some things in a workplace.”
According to the trailer, the show’s going to take an interesting turn when one of her co-workers files a sexual harassment complaint against her after her pants “accidentally” fall down during a meeting with him (though, if the trailer gives the moment any context, it seems to imply that Kimmy is trying to show him that accidents happen to everyone).
I’m… not sure how I feel about this plot development. In the writers’ attempt at humor, the show could very well be belittle the movement, but I’ll hold my judgment till I see exactly how they handle the situation. Here’s to hoping they find a sensitive way to handle the conversation amidst the show’s usual slapstick comedy.