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After the trailer for Sierra Burgess is a Loser came out, everyone couldn’t wait for the movie to drop on Netflix. Fans were so excited for a film that focused on a plus-size main character, especially after the streaming platform’s Insatiable fiasco.
With Noah Centineo and Shannon Purser starring as the main characters, fans were sure it would be a hit. For the most part, it was — but a lot of people also pointed out problems they had with certain parts of the movie. Some fans accused the film of being transphobic and homophobic, among other things, and not everyone was a fan of Sierra’s actions. For example, the scenes where Sierra pretends to be deaf in front of Jamey’s actual deaf brother, and where she kisses Jamey without his consent, are problematic AF. But Shannon, who plays Sierra in the movie, argues that that’s kind of the point!
She told Clevver exclusively QUOTE “I think it is absolutely fair to criticize what Sierra does because what she is doing is wrong. I was really interested in exploring this flawed character, like, what motivates her to act in this way? What insecurities are people who do this dealing with? And also exploring, is there room for growth? Is there redemption for people who do things like this? So, it’s been interesting to see how some people are very vehemently sure that she shouldn’t be forgiven, that she shouldn’t have a second chance, whereas others are resonating with her.”
Sierra is definitely a flawed character, and Shannon thinks that’s why there’s some miscommunication about the film’s theme and message. Some viewers might have been under the impression that they’re supposed to root for Sierra the entire time when, in reality, the character isn’t supposed to be 100% likable.
She said QUOTE “I think a lot of the confusion is coming from the fact that Sierra maybe is being marketed as sort of a fluffy, teen rom-com when, in reality, there are a lot of underlying issues. I think there is romance, but it’s also a commentary on Internet culture and the way that society pressures young women to compete against each other and conform to a certain ideal. [High schoolers say] insensitive things. Or speak without really thinking about the ramifications of their actions. I think there is definitely a reckoning for Sierra at the end, where she realizes all of the evil that she saw in the world around her is now coming from her, and she has to deal with that.”
We won’t spoil the movie, but toward the end, Sierra does some pretty messed up stuff. Things end up working out for her and all of the other characters by the time the credits roll, but Shannon says if Netflix orders a sequel, she wants to see the characters address the mistakes they made in the first movie and learn from them.
She told Clevver QUOTE “I would like to explore Sierra as a more healthy and morally good person. I would like to see her continue on her journey of self-growth and self-acceptance and for all of these characters to learn from their mistakes and move forward as better people.”
Well, no word yet on if Netflix is going to make a sequel, but what do you guys think? Do you want to see another Sierra Burgess movie, or was the first one too problematic? Let us know down in the comments. Thanks for watching Clevver News; I’m your host, Naz Perez. Click Here to watch a new Clevver video or below to check out what critics are saying about Sierra Burgess’ is a Loser. The link will be in the description, as well!
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