Shannon Purser RESPONDS To Criticism Over ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’


Shannon Purser RESPONDS To Criticism Over ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’

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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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  1. Erin Burns

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    This movie was also heavily influenced by Cyrano De Bergerac, which is a classical play thay deals with a lot of these same issues in an obviously very different way because of the difference in cultural norms across the time periods. I thought it was a super interesting exploration of how differently these concepts and themes are interpreted based on their cultural application

  2. Julia Gostenik

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am


  3. Bry xox

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Sierra Burgess IS a loser lmao

    not trying to be mean, just a joke

  4. Not Anonymous

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am


  5. Shine_Universe

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I love the actor but guess what the movie was shit and Sierra didn’t deserve Jamey

  6. juliana bodhert

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Not before a To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

  7. Brandon Joaquin

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    How is it transphobic or homophobic?

  8. Supermelanin

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I think the fact that the movie has people conflicted means that it accomplished what it set out to do.

  9. Claire Scott

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Uh, ok…she's flawed and wrong…and gets rewarded in the end. She doesn't even have to apologize to the victims of her actions, everyone just forgives her, she gets the guy she was manipulating, and boom, happy ending. No morel included, not a good one anyway. It's kind of ironic that she's validating the movie the same way her character is validated.

  10. Alisha Bari

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    yes the movie did tackle important problems and it has certain good moments but you what my problem was?
    sierra never took accountability for her actions. ‘yeah i humiliated you in front of your peers but i wrote a song and i’m iNSECURE !!’ ok. but that doesn’t mean you can’t say sorry.

    honestly how veronica came to jamey’s door and told why he should be with her is dumb. honestly she should’ve ended up with jamey.

    the movies moral was you can do crappy shit to others and get away, scratch free.

  11. Supermelanin

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Sierra was much more realistic than TATB, Lara Jean as a character just isn't intriguing, even in the books.

  12. Rich Bitch

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I really didn’t get offended by the movie I just thought it could’ve been so much better

  13. arianna.

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Everyone always has to find a problem with everything smh 😒💀

    Edit: yes I agree that sierra did bad things its just people ALWAYS end up hating on popular things because they think it makes them "unique" or "interesting".

  14. Brooklyn

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I love how every video has the most dramatic title bla bla bla SLAMS or bla bla bla RESPONDS like it's that big

  15. peyton ef

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    WOW there’s never not a CAPITALIZED word IN your TITLES .

  16. Niikki Ragland

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    when ppl dnt really watch a movie but have a ton of shit to say cuz they dnt know what the fuck is going on. its life lesson. pay the fuck attention

  17. Belén Rubio

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    i really loved the movie, but i think how the things ended was perfect. but: if neflix decides to make a sequel id watch it for sure

  18. Miyuki Lalramchuani

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Wow, people are actually trying to justify what Sierra did… and all because they feel like they can 'relate' to her ?

  19. Kiah Mills-Williams

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Catfished someone
    Gets the guy anyway
    Seriously bullies someone who trusted her
    Left her best friend behind
    Blamed all she did on her insecurities
    Made a song and magically everything was fixed
    Wrote a 2 sentence apology to someone who deserved more
    Pretending she was deaf and making up sign language

  20. Ada

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    well if the point of the movie was to showcase a flawed, problematic character, maybe she should have suffered some consequences for her shitty actions? it's absolutely unrealistic that she got the guy at the end, after everything

  21. Chuu Choco

    September 19, 2018 at 2:12 am

    This film was a whole mess tbh

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