The Bold Type is one of the most progressive shows on TV right now. Not only is the Freeform series an incredible representation of female friendship, it features nuanced stories about queer women and tackles important issues like #MeToo and breast cancer.
But there’s another hot-button topic this show explores that no one’s talking about: how its three main characters—Kat, Jane, and Sutton—hide their hangovers so damn flawlessly at work. Listen, I know at the end of a Bold Type episode I’m supposed to be thinking, “Yes, empowerment!” But sometimes I’m thinking, “There’s no way these 26-year-olds could afford Ubering to work every day.”
I’m not trying to discredit the important work The Bold Type is doing. It truly is a phenomenal show that I love. And because I love it so much, I know it’s time someone called out its flaws, like how Scarlet magazine’s employees don’t know what the Internet is. It’s 2019, Jacqueline Carlyle! Stop calling Scarlet.com the “digital site.”
Here are nine incredibly petty issues I have with The Bold Type, all from a place of love.
1. These girls are always hungover at work but never look it. I’m not opposed to drinking on weeknights, but if I did, everyone at my office would know it. Not only would my Instagram Story from the night before feature me incorrectly lip-syncing “Genie in a Bottle,” I’d arrive to work the next day chugging a Gatorade and masking my shame. Meanwhile, Kat, Jane, and Sutton frequently down tequila shots on Tuesdays and show up to their Wednesday-A.M. meetings with perfect hair. This is witchcraft.
2. They’re always Ubering to work. Always. Sure, they’re often in the same car, but it’s still a financially infeasible decision. I did the math: If Sutton, Jane, and Kat live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and the Scarlet offices are in Midtown Manhattan, an Uber would cost around $30, so $10 each. Riding to and from work would put their daily transportation costs at $20. That’s $100 a week—and $400 a month. On a writers’ salary? In this economy? They wouldn’t be able to pay their rent (or eat, for that matter). They’d just be three very hungry nomads with excellent Uber ratings.
3. Scarlet is in the Stone Age. This season, Jane is aghast at the idea of writing for Scarlet’s website, which the staff either calls the “digital site” or the “dot-com” depending on how shady they’re feeling. I’m sorry, is this 2006? Kat’s out here staging elaborate social media campaigns for Scarlet yet the staff treats writing web articles like catching the plague.
4. Kat, Sutton, and Jane do nothing at their jobs. They spend more time talking in the fashion closet about what type of porn Pinstripe watches than doing real work. Apparently, there are no deadlines at Scarlet—no important dates, no nothing. If Sutton (the only one who works, really) has an off-site project, Jane and Kat will tag along for absolutely no reason. They’re straight-up bad employees, and HR needs to get involved.
5. On that note, Jane only writes, like, two articles a month. Jane and I roughly have the same job. If I only wrote two articles in a month, I wouldn’t have a job. Again, please call HR.
6. And she’s always fighting with her bosses. She yelled at Jacqueline in the middle of the office, was fired from Incite for not following directions, and basically tried to write a hit piece about Scarlet‘s new digital head, Patrick, on Scarlet.com. What the hell are you doing, Jane? Writers are getting laid off left and right, and you’re actively setting your computer on fire. Check yourself, sis.