The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina...We Don't Know Her

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina? We Don't Know Her

An opinion piece about the latest Netflix original that everyone is raving based on the graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."


This comic of course is based on the original Archie Comics version of "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," which inspired the darling 1996 sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Inspiring many people to compare the two shows.

To those that are displeased with the most recent book/comic adaption, I am with you. I am annoyed with this adaption of my beloved Sabrina. Here's why…

The original television version had a light comical almost "Bewitched" era outlook on the Witch community while this new series took their witches to the most literal and dark form. Let it be known, I love witches. I love young adult witch books and television versions. I fell in love with spells back in Hogwarts and as a proud Gryffindor, I never looked back. With that said, I find the Light Witch, White Witch, or Stevie Nicks to be my kind of witch. The dark satanic kind that inspires the fear and mass killings of women prime example being the Salem Witchcraft Trails and many massacres in Europe, not my cup of tea.

However Morticia Addams is for sure my cup of tea...

When I was younger, ABC Family played reruns of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and as a muggle twelve-year-old, I found myself obsessed. I loved the sarcastic quick wit of front-runner Sabrina played by Melissa Joan Hart.

This is my Sabrina. She is adorable.

Hilda's almost Samantha (Bewitched) Homemaker humor always managed a great laugh, a good cry, and ever a moral by thirty minutes time. While Zelda was always the more serious of the sisters with her sly smirk, clear book smarts, and funny zingers provided a strong backbone to the family and the show.

Zelda (Left) and Hilda (Right) also seen being adorable.

Am I missing anything that made the show amazing? Oh right, Salem, the talking cat. Salem in the television sitcom's backstory was that he was once a wizard imprisoned in the Spellman household in the form of a cat. For what you ask? Using his magic to make a mortal fall in love with him. Salem is the best cat, funny, sassy, and purely self-absorbed. While the Chilling Adventures version of Salem is a real-life adorable cat he does not provide the moxie of the animatronic 90's cat. Another reason that the original Salem was the best is that he is what makes everything happen in the show. Basically, Zelda and Hilda tell Sabrina "no or ground her" as her parents should and then Salem gives her ideas, spells, and tons of bad advice. Which Sabrina probably shouldn't listen to a 500-year-old imprisoned wizard cat but it made for some hilarious hijinks.

Honestly, Salem is never not adorable.

Whereas the former show was funny and lighthearted with good intent bleeding from its ears this new darker take on the Archie Comicbook character has blood gore mixed in with casual Satanism. I will admit, at first, I liked the dark groove of the show and how they had feminism and Riverdale cast members in the mix. With that said, I didn't enjoy the twist of the Bible, the adoration towards Satan, and the worst "False God," comments throughout the show.

I have encountered things like this before and for the most part, it didn't bother me. I enjoyed horror movies like the Conjuring series. I continue to love American Horror Story including the most current season. So why is this series such a problem for me? I believe the problem lies with how they depict witches and also that the age restriction is TV-14 meaning that young influential minds are susceptible to these beliefs.

Let's use American Horror Story: Coven/Apocalypse as an example. The witches are not truly evil in American Horror Story. The witches do not agree to year and year as a dark thanksgiving to eat one of their own. The witches do not each episode praise Lucifer. The witches are fighting the antichrist. The witches may kill humans but there are usually legitimate reasons. A prime example is that Madison Montgomery maims the humans that are also her attackers. The witches in American Horror Story are flawed but have humanity. Whereas the witches in "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" don't. They have no problem roasting a child, twisting a man into madness, eating one of their own, apparent bestiality, plain murder, and bringing upon an apocalyptic end to the lives of eight billion people. In fact, most of the characters dream of it!

Although, the show's front-runner, Sabrina, hasn't truly gone to the dark side and is not down for the apocalypse. Her character has also stated that she wants to be mortal and a witch in order to kill the devil. All that is well in good, however, she has been groomed for Satan and still believes in him and his power. She will still say, "praise Satan." She is not a role model as my Sabrina was. My Sabrina brought down the bullies by outsmarting them and making them look foolish. My Sabrina never intentionally almost killed anyone.

My Sabrina brought wit, humor, and justice to the show. This Sabrina however… this Sabrina is not the teenage witch I grew up admiring. I grew up wanting magical powers but never at the expense of my soul. With that in mind let's look at the target audience. Teenagers fourteen and above. Which Netflix cannot control for the most part, as any child can be watching this show. Any teenager can be exposed at a fragile age to the Satanism for immortal power attitude. Also, most modern witches have a much different form of religion than what is displayed in the show. So the show is truly just glorifying Satanism and showing youth that it is okay. With all this in my mind, I have decided not to watch season two.

While there is a lot of good going for the show, I can say firmly that I won't continue watching. The well-developed character writing, feministic plot lines, diversity and scare factor make for a great show in theory, yet, I also cannot look past the devil advocating to wait in any sort of anticipation for a season two.

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The Risky 'Stranger Things' Casting Mistake That Needs Fixing

Not only am I disappointed by such a great show's dangerous decision, I'm upset by the fact that no one has corrected it.


Like many, "Stranger Things" is one of my favorite shows. But after extensive research, I feel like it's my moral responsibility to refrain from watching the upcoming third season of a show that encourages fans to starve themselves.

This article uses potentially triggering language related to eating disorders.

Natalia Dyer is an actress best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix's original show, "Stranger Things." Despite its enthralling plot, the first time I watched it, I found myself distracted by her unusually thin frame. While I know many naturally skinny women and actresses, I've never seen someone whose skeleton was so prominent.

Flickr- Natalia Dyer (left)

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two serious eating and emotional disorders characterized by loss of appetite, refusal to eat, excessive exercise, body dysmorphia, and (specific to bulimia) compulsive binge eating followed by purging.

While I didn't find any direct quotes from Natalia about suffering from an eating disorder, I did stumble upon pictures of her from the 2009 premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and was shocked at how drastically different she looks today.

Youtube- "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Premiere

In 2014, Natalia starred in "I believe in Unicorns," where promotional pictures also illustrate how much she's changed. For those who believe she's "naturally thin," these past films, as well as pictures from her childhood prove that she wasn't always this skinny.

Youtube- "I Believe in Unicorns" 2014

When I first researched Natalia, I found forums in which people who have battled with eating disorders discuss the physical signs of anorexia and bulimia that Natalia exhibits. The most obvious being her frame, visible bones underneath thin skin, sunken-in eyes, "hollow" face, as well as more subtle signs, like scabs on her knuckles (called Russell's sign), white or blue fingernails, and lines around the mouth that seem to age her face.

I am fortunate enough to have never suffered from an eating disorder, so I did a lot of research to keep from jumping to conclusions about Natalia's health. What I've found is that symptoms of eating disorders closely mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac and Crohn's disease. In this sense, it's possible that those who criticize her for disordered eating are evaluating the body of someone with a dysfunctional digestive system (though the aforementioned physical signs pointed out by people who have had anorexia convince me that this likely isn't the case).

Youtube- Natalia Dyer 2017

While there's little factual information about if Natalia has an eating disorder, there is much speculation that she does, both from those who have overcome such disorders, and those still struggling.

During my search for information, I found several "pro-ana" websites—a contraction of "pro-anorexia," used to admire eating disorders in a positive light—idolizing Natalia's weight loss and expressing jealousy of her outrageously thin frame. In one particular forum, people describe her in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as "on her way to chunky town," and "mad chunky" in "I Believe in Unicorns." Even going a step further by stating that Natalia's "Stranger Things" co-star Shannon Purser "needs to take pointers from [Natalia]."

Flickr- Shannon Purser

Finding this forum made my blood boil. Not because of the responsibilities of its participants (that's an article for another day), but because of the irresponsibility the casting director—Carmen Cuba—and creators of "Stranger Things" have exhibited in casting a potentially anorexic actress, and Netflix's lack of opposition to this choice.

As a rule of corporate management, businesses have what's called "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) which is defined as "the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. It involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate."

From my point of view, Cuba's casting choice for the character Nancy violated the sense of CSR that such a popular show should have, given that she's provided fans who struggle with body dysmorphia a potentially dangerous source of "thinspiration."

Youtube- Natalia Dyer at ages 17 (left) and 20 (right)

There are many different solutions to this problem, but without knowing Natalia's exact situation, it could be thoughtless and damaging to bombard her with messages about gaining weight, meaning the issue of casting an actress who inadvertently (I cannot stress the word "inadvertently" enough) inspires young fans to starve themselves lies solely in the hands of the show's creators.

There are still many facets of this issue I have yet to discuss, but until then, if you believe that you, a friend, or a relative have an eating disorder, contact an eating disorder hotline now.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Taught Me Just How Important Gay Rights Are

This episode opened my eyes and heart.


Attending a Catholic high school made it very clear in my mind that LGBTQ individuals did not fit in with society. I watched as our principle refused to allow students to invite their same-sex partners to dances. I remember our administration fighting against letting a boy on our dance team because they thought it would ruin the reputation of being a Catholic school. The way they were treated in front of me every day became the way I thought the world should treat them too. But I couldn't have been more wrong.

In season seven, episode 12 of "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith Grey encounters a patient who was trampled by horses after his partner set up a carriage ride to take them to sign their domestic partnership papers. His partner explains to Meredith that he had just wanted the day to be special because straight people get to have the most special day of their lives on their wedding day. They get the flowers, the ceremony, the reception, the gifts. At this point in time, all members of the LGBTQ got was their signature on a piece of paper.

I remember something inside of me being moved at the thought of someone simply being in love and not being able to celebrate it because people thought it was "weird" or "unnatural." I put myself in the reverse situation and thought about how much it would break my heart if society did not accept the fact that I want to marry my wonderful boyfriend some day. I cried during the scene in the show because even though it was acting, I could see just how important these two people were to each other and all of the unnecessary barriers they had to cross just to prove that their love was the same as anyone else's.

Maybe this moment was extremely late in my life to have the realization of how hard it must be for LGBTQ people to find happiness in our society, but I am glad I had that realization at all.

Certain religions crucify the LGBTQ community, saying they will go to hell for sexuality because it is a sin. Personally, I have a hard time believing that God could condemn anyone for showing another human being unconditional love.

It scares me how poisonous our society can be at times. 10 years ago, if you asked me how I felt about people in the LGBTQ community, I would probably (wrongfully) say that they freaked me out. These days, while you won't necessarily see me at a Pride parade, you will see me hyping up and supporting my awesome gay best friend to go after his crush. You will see me taking girls hitting on me as a compliment rather than something weird. You will see me openly supporting gay rights because it is the right things to do, human to human.

The saying "love is love" is so simple, yet so incredibly true.

I can't help how much I love my boyfriend and I would never in a million years expect someone to tell me to stop. Who are we to tell members of the LGBTQ community to stay in some box society and religion have built? We aren't. Love is love and you can never and will never be able to put rules and restrictions on a feeling.

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