It’s good to be confident in your work, but don’t underestimate your opponent
This week on The Bold Type, Sutton (Meghann Fahy) wakes up in bed with a new guy. When the girls persuade her into asking him out on an actual date, he joins them on their karaoke night. While they’re using his phone to read the song lyrics, a text from another girl pops up on the screen. Sutton then finds out that the text is from his wife. She decides to let the wife in on what her husband has been doing and contacts her. In the end, his wife isn’t upset, but grateful that Sutton decided to share her husband’s infidelity.
Kat (Aisha Dee) decides to hire a girl from Twitter to be the new social media manager at Scarlet. After her request gets denied, Kat suggests having a board meeting so that the members can see how perfect she is for the position, even if she doesn’t have the college degree. After meeting her, the board decides that this is the voice that they want to have at the company and hires her.
Jane’s (Katie Stevens) decline from a job opportunity causes some issues with Kat. When she doesn’t get offered a job because the company is trying to have more diverse voices, she makes a comment that puts her in a bad light. She and Kat get into a mini argument about how Jane’s words are problematic to people of color. Jane doesn’t see her side at first, but after they have a sit-down, she realizes that just because the company says that they needed to be more diverse, doesn’t mean the other candidate didn’t have the same or better credentials.
Here to discuss those uncomfortable, yet needed moments, is our The Bold Type roundtable:
Malasha (@MalashaMonique) – Iris West/Candice Patton and Kerry Washington enthusiast, TVAD contributor
Kailee (@ALESSIASHAIR) – New Yorker learning the true New York way through the girls from the fashion closet.
Alex (@AlexxHerreraaa) – Dog mom, I stan Kadena, and Director/Producer in the making.
Sarah (@livinqhere) – Bubbly vegan with a love for music and New York City.
Maria (@maggiessalexx) – Kadena supremacist first, The Bold Type enthusiast to follow
1. Kat used Twitter as a way to receive a different variety of candidates for a job. Do you think more employers are moving towards a more laid-back approach when hiring employees?
Malasha (@MalashaMonique): I do think more employers are moving towards finding their employees from social media. I often see people, depending on the job, looking for candidates to join their companies. I think it’s a positive change because it often helps those who can’t try it onsite.
Kailee (@ALESSIASHAIR): I think that employers are definitely trying to find new ways to find candidates. As the times change, they need to change their approaches to fix it. With social media becoming bigger, it is easier to find more people and seek out people who can fit the jobs.
Alex (@AlexxHerreraaa): I think more employers will be hiring their future employees just by looking at their social media accounts. My employers also checked my socials before they hired me.
Sarah (@livinqhere): Definitely, most people post very revealing things about their lives on social media so it gives employers a very good insight into who they are hiring.
Maria (@maggiessalexx): To be honest, I don’t know. I would like to think that’s the case. In my country, sadly that’s not the case. Employers are so hard and demand so much out of someone who for instance, just begin with its career. I don’t know what the case is in other countries, but it seems like the things are going towards a positive direction.
2. The karaoke scene was super adorable! How much did you love that fun moment between the girls?
Malasha: It was so cute! I love the light moments when the girls can just be carefree and have some fun. Plus, I had no idea that Meghann could sing like that so I was thoroughly amazed! They all have beautiful voices and that scene was great!
Kailee: This scene might have been one of my all-time favorite scenes not only on The Bold Type but on TV history. Besides the fact that Aisha, Meghann, and Katie have INCREDIBLE voices, it was such a relatable scene that I could see me and my friends doing it as well.
Alex: The MAMMA MIA version of the Bold Type is the best. FRIENDSHIP GOALS!!!
Sarah: I absolutely loved it!! There should be more bonding scenes like this! It shows that they can have fun despite the hardships of their love lives and work issues.
Maria: IT WAS SO FUN! I NEVER THOUGHT I NEEDED THIS SCENE UNTIL I SAW IT! THE GIRLS WERE KILLING IT! And c’mon, the best part:
Jane: “Thank you, New York”
Kat: “Best city in the world”
I couldn’t stop laughing.
3. Pinstripe seems to be sticking around. How long do you think he and Jane will stay in a platonic relationship?
Malasha: I don’t think it’ll be long before some lines get blurred. I like that these two can bond over writing and Jane seems more carefree with him. I just don’t know if they do finally take that jump, if it’ll be a good thing for her.
Kailee: I think that both being writers and knowing the same people, this is a relationship that will go on forever. I think that they have found the balance of being friends but I wouldn’t be surprised within the next few episodes we see something a little more than friendly happen between them if ya know what I mean lol.
Alex: Well, sooner or later Pinstripe needs to get over the platonic relationship that they have. But what I think about this is, as long as Tiny Jane doesn’t have a writing career yet Pinstripe might stay for the long run.
Sarah: I think him helping her get the job interview will push her to take a chance with him again.
Maria: It’s hard to tell honestly. Jane looks like she is giving a real chance with her relationship with Ben. It seems that sex is amazing, lol. But it’s hard to just stay in a platonic relationship, with someone you have been intimate with and obviously still have this crazy chemistry and connection. It’s gonna be interesting to see where the writers are gonna go with this Pinstripe – Jane – Ben triangle. Because, yes, it’s a triangle.
4. The discussion of white privilege came up between Kat and Jane. What are your thoughts on the discussion between the two?
Malasha: I love that they decided to delve into this topic. It’s been great seeing Kat coming is still evolving with finding her identity and it was nice to see her voice the views of man black people and people of color. I liked how the show voiced both sides of the issue, but in a way to where it allowed for it to be a teaching moment for both the audience and the characters.
Kailee: I think that this is something that is SO important to talk about, especially at this time. I am lucky to be “extremely woke” on this topic but for some people, this is the first time they’ve actually heard how a white person’s actions have affected a person of color and it’s so important that white people understand that. Everyone deals with things but its so important to realize that white privilege is a thing and it needs to be fixed and challenged.
Alex: At first, I would have agreed to Jane’s point because if I was the perfect candidate for the job I would’ve stood up for it. But when I heard Kat’s point about having certain people having “privileges” I would’ve understood it as well.
Sarah: I think most people fail to put those issues into perspective when job hunting. Many may think they will just get the job and not recognize that this a very prominent issue in today’s world.
Maria: As a white girl, I know I am living in a world where white privilege is something we can’t deny. It makes me sad. Honestly. The whole discussion was very much needed. Kat makes Jane rethink her white privilege but also Jane makes Kat think about hers too. They both make good points. There is no right or wrong. What I love most about The Bold Type and their writers is that they can make a difference. They can change the standpoints on so many important topics. Conversations about race/racial identity and white privilege are one of those things. People always see things as black and white. There is a gray area as well. The way the writers are tackling all these big issues is the reason why I love this show. I’ve learned so much about this. I hope other people learned too.
5. Sutton contacted Dylan’s wife. Do you think she made the right choice in telling his wife about his infidelity?
Malasha: I do believe she made the right choice. Even though it was awkward and uncomfortable, it was great to let another woman know that she wasn’t being treated the way she should be. I liked the response that the woman gave as well. We often see the wife get mad, regardless of whether the other woman knew of her or not. It was good to see a calmer response.
Kailee: I think she did. I don’t have any sympathy for people who do things like that. I am all about being honest and in this situation, I would have done the exact same thing that Sutton did.
Alex: I think Sutton did was the right decision. Because if you were in her shoes and you know that your friends’ partner is cheating on your friend. You would’ve made the right decision and tell it to them.
Sarah: Yes, it was definitely a good call. I would want to know if I was the wife and I would feel guilty if I was the other women.
Maria: That’s a really tricky situation, tbh. I don’t think I would have guts to do that. But on the other hand, I do think Sutton made a right choice. She didn’t do it out of despite or jealousy, you could see she truly cared about this person finding out the truth. Cause if he did that with Sutton, he could have probably do it with another woman as well. It’s all about women supporting women, not tearing each other down. Sutton gave a great example of that. And I have nothing but admiration for her.
6. Do you agree with Kat that people should be allowed the same opportunities as others, even if they didn’t go to college or don’t have the proper credentials?
Malasha: I do agree. I feel like it’s so hard to get experience, even with degrees, these days. So, I definitely think people should have the same opportunities. I think a lot of other things factor into it, like their work ethic and passion for it. But, if they’re willing to show you how much they deserve that job, then they should be allowed that chance.
Kailee: Totally! I mean for certain jobs like being a surgeon or something I totally understand needing certain credentials but for many jobs, the most you can learn is from doing it. Without giving someone a chance, they can never really learn the job. People from different backgrounds bring the newest ideas to the table.
Alex: I do agree! As long as you are good at what you’re doing and you enjoy it I don’t think that having a degree will validate who you are.
Sarah: Depending on the profession, yes I think everyone should have the same opportunity.
Maria: YES! 1000000000000000X TIMES YES! Not all people have the opportunity to finish college or even high school. But that doesn’t mean they are disposable. They have so much to offer. The fact they don’t have a degree or proper credentials doesn’t mean they are not capable of doing the great things for this society.
7. Oh, no! Kat had a not so innocent dream. What do you think this means for her?
Malasha: Although the dream could be innocent, the vibes I was getting from that other character suggested that something more could come of them. I feel like more conflict is coming for Kat and Adena. I don’t necessarily welcome it, but it will be an interesting area to visit for Kat.
Kailee: This is something totally normal for people to have. I really have no idea what this is going to mean for her and I am really excited to find out.
Alex: The cliffhanger was intense!!!! Well, I’m not gonna say that it’s cheating. But maybe she’s overthinking about Adena’s friend “coming over to borrow her tripod”.
Sarah: I think it means that she hasn’t had the opportunity to fully explore her sexuality because she has only been with Adena and she is wanting to see what else might be out there.
Maria: She is just learning, you know? She is learning more about her sexuality, that she is attracted to other women, in general, that she is not just Adenasexual. The writers are doing a great job, they are bringing so much realism when it comes to exploring your own sexuality and it’s a good thing. I don’t want people to think that there will be a cheating storyline, because TBT writers would never go that route, especially after Kat and Adena share their “I love you’s”. In s1 Kat was only exploring her sexuality with Adena, she never considered an option of being attracted to another woman. Now, she gets to feel that. It intrigues her. Sexuality is something you are discovering your whole life. It’s a continuity process. I love that the writers decided to go much deeper into Kat’s sexuality. As a Kadena shipper, did I like that dream? NO. Cause it’s wasn’t Adena in it. But, I understand the depth of the dream and understand it’s function and I’m happy about THAT. I can’t wait to see what’s next when it comes to Kat and Adena. it’s gonna be a bumpy road, but I am sure with a happy ending.
When your privilege becomes a disadvantage
“Stride of Pride” brought to light an important discussion that all friends should be having. It’s often hard to not want to step into murky water when you’re in a group of friends that are not all of the same race. But thanks to how media has been trying to open the discussion more, people have been finding it healthier for their friendships to discuss racial issues. The white privilege talk between Kat and Jane was so great. Although Kat has privilege because of how she grew up and who her father was, that didn’t take away from the problems she had because she’s a black woman in America. Jane did make a point in saying that she’s had to work her way to where she is because she wasn’t handed everything, but in this case, her not receiving the job was different. We love that The Bold Type decided to bring this discussion up. We think they handled it well and made some valid points on both sides. It’s nice to see these girls have to deal with real problems that friends actually go through.
Kat’s mission to get the young girl hired was also one of the highlights of the episode. Her story was similar to many. It was nice to see someone do so much for somebody who has a hidden passion for something. The board members didn’t want to hire her because she wasn’t a college graduate, but after just hearing what she had to say, they knew she was a fit. Sometimes it’s about more than what can be written on a sheet of paper. This episode really showcased that.
Next week, Jane tries her hand at impressing Jacqueline– again. Kat’s going to be struggling with whether or not to make a confession and Sutton gets put to the challenge again! Next week sounds like some drama-filled fun!