Disclaimer: Please note that some of the following characters’ actions and views expressed in Shameless do not necessarily reflect my own personal views. I am writing this with the means of merely listing examples of times when Shameless characters demonstrated their views on recent political issues that are currently ongoing in the US, while also promoting respect, recognition, and acceptance of a diversity of viewpoints, in order to contribute to a richer and more healthier, productive society.
Here are 20 times when Shameless characters were downright politically shameless.
1. Gun Control
When all of teachers and some students that Carl had sold guns to pulled out their guns in a panic after a kid drops his lunch tray.
When Lisa points out the hypocrisy in Yanis’s hatred of immigrants. (Yanis is from Greece.)
3. Sexual Orientations
When Lip points out a huge flaw in the American education system.
6. Home =/= Upbringing
When Kev gives Lip an important life lesson. Your upbringing and past doesn't have to define the person you are now.
When Lip forces Fiona to accept the reality of being poor after she tries to promote her club night.
8. Mental Health
Check out this wonderfully written post here about mental illness and the clarifications of the misconceptions people have of it. Below is an excerpt:
"Yes, It’s a life condition.
No, it’s not your fault.
No, you are not your illness.
Yes, you can accept the disease.
Yes, you can live.
Yes, you can repair the messes.
Yes, you can love and be loved.
Yes, you can be happy."
9. Sexual Assault
When Matty points out how extremely imperative it is for everyone to learn what constitutes as consent, regardless of gender.
10. Foster Children
When Fiona tells the social worker what it’s really like being in the foster system. According to Fiona, it’s a nightmare.
11. Female Sexualization
(relax, they're making a joke)
When Fiona points out the absurdity of traditional feminine roles to Jimmy-Steve.
When Jimmy-Steve reminded Fiona how it’s not selfish to live her dreams that are always on the back burner.
When Mickey reminds us that we have the right to wear whatever we want.
When Debbie tells Shelia that we don’t necessarily have to turn out the way our parents did.
When Debbie tells Mickey that drinking his tears away won’t make him stop loving Ian.
18. Messing up
The thousands of other times when he was wrong.
When the English language just didn’t make sense.