'The Act' Hulu True Story

'The Act' On Hulu Is Your Next True Crime Binge

Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard are getting the Hollywood treatment in an unsettling coming-of-age story that is all based on real events.


The true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard is one that is bone-chilling and unsettling, making it a story that could be easily adapted into a television series. This is exactly what Hulu has done with their new original series "The Act". Only four episodes are available for streaming right now, but it's a show I anticipate watching every Wednesday when new episodes come out. The story follows Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a very sick girl with many diseases and physical dysfunctions, who is taken care of by her single mother, Dee Dee. It sounds like a heartwarming tale from the surface, but there are many more layers to this story. The main shocker being that Gypsy Rose is completely healthy and is only convinced of her various diseases by her mother. From here the television series follows Gypsy as she is learning more about herself physically, mentally, and sexually while also discovering the fraud her mother has created by using the false illnesses she perpetrates on her. The result of all of this results in the ultimate murder of Dee Dee, but with this, there is so much going on with these characters that you can't help but sympathize with all of them at one point or another.

Since this is based on a true story and Gypsy Rose Blanchard is still living, although incarcerated, it was important for this show not to romanticize anything and to show what was truly at stake. So far Hulu has done a fantastic job at making sure Gypsy and Dee Dee are as realistic as possible. The show presents both of them as flawed humans to garner sympathy while also showing the viewers that the psychology of these people would be very hard to fix and the tragic ending was almost inevitable. You feel sympathy for Gypsy at times while hating Dee Dee and vice-versa. The portrayals of both people make the actresses behind them almost undetectable. Joey King from Netflix's "The Kissing Booth" has undergone an insane transformation in order to portray Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Patricia Arquette's performance as Dee Dee Blanchard further proves her abilities as a Golden Globe-winning actress.

In a way, Gypsy's journey is a coming of age story. She is unsure of her age but she is feeling changes in herself and what she wants for her future. She is disillusioned by her mother, but also the media's obsession with finding a partner. Her ideas of romance and intense desires cause some questionable decisions to be made and some high stakes to be created. She truly feels trapped in her body and in her home. Although it is deemed wrong to sympathize with murderers and criminals, in this case, it's nearly impossible to not feel bad for Gypsy. The Hulu show is not romanticizing a criminal, but truly showing what was at stake and the abuse that was being perpetrated onto Gypsy. I am so excited to continue watching this show not only for its True Crime story but also the psychological aspects. Make sure to check out "The Act" on Hulu and follow along with the crazy true story.

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Dear Taylor Swift, Christians Are Not Homophobic Bigots, Sincerely, The Majority Of Christians

Taylor, you need to calm down when talking about how most Christians act.


When Taylor Swift released her newest single "You Need to Calm Down" last Friday, I didn't agree with the entire message of the song, mainly because of its heavy political overtones. But as the great Dick Clark once said, "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." So, for what it is, it's really easy to dance to this song, and I can see it becoming a pretty big hit.

But then the video came out, and I saw something that really bothered me.

In the music video for "You Need to Calm Down", Taylor is seen partying and hanging out with multiple LGBT+ icons in honor of Pride Month, such as the hosts of Queer Eye, RuPaul, and Ellen Degeneres. There's also a moment with Taylor, dressed as French fries, renewing her friendship with Katy Perry, who's dressed as a hamburger, which is as amazing as it sounds.

However, there's another cast of characters which acts as a foil to the happiness and colorful joy which is taking place in the video. There's a group of protesters surrounding the trailer park where Taylor and all her friends live. They're all dirty, buck-toothed, and dressed like your typical redneck stereotypes. They're also holding up protest signs while screaming at everyone in the trailer park. I saw one of the signs said something about Adam and Eve, and I realized most of the protesters were most likely meant to represent Christians.

And that...didn't sit well with me at all.

I know that these people never explicitly said they were Christians in the video, none of them even wore a cross. But, whenever someone sees anyone protesting rallies and organizations such as Pride, I can guarantee you that most of the time, the first thing people think is that they're from the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its protests. And I won't lie, there are some Christians who act that way.

But if you haven't heard this yet, let me be the first to tell you that not all Christians act like that. In fact, most of them don't act that way.

Christians don't agree with the LGBT+ lifestyle because of what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, Jesus never once taught that just because you don't agree with a person doesn't mean they're automatically your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Christians are supposed to represent the love of the Savior of the world, which encompasses every and all aspects of humanity. This definitely includes people whose lifestyles we don't agree with. By not showing love to certain types of people, we are directly going against one of Jesus's greatest commandments.

Not agreeing with people is one of the cornerstones of humanity. It's a divisive world out there to be sure, but that doesn't mean people from any side of the debate need to perpetuate the division. Grouping all Christians into one group of hateful bigots is no different than Christians grouping all the members of the LGBT+ community into one group of evil people. One of the key elements of Christianity is showing people who have different beliefs from us the same love Jesus would show to anyone. And I know I'm not the only Christian who wants to show love to people of all walks of life. I may be the only Jesus they ever see in their lives, and we all wish to express the same love to others.

So Taylor, it looks like you're the one who needs to calm down on this issue.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Light That Is Manhattan

A poem about anticipation.


Almost there.

The subway station is cold and narrow

But the staircase is just ahead.

No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.

They say this city is filled with dreams.

Desires that may not even exist yet.

Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

or so the glow in front of me says.

The wonder builds as the ambiguous light at the top of the

Subway station stairs get brighter.

These steps are a two way street of

Excitement up

Fulfillment down.

May this light soon turn into

Roaring streets

Calm corners

Tranquil parks, and

dreams obtained.

The bright light I see in front of me is the glow of the city.

32 steps and I'm home.

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