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Why I Can’t Finish Watching ‘I May Destroy You’: A Parable

Why I Can’t Finish Watching 'I May Destroy You': A Parable

I May Destroy You is a perfect show. I just can’t finish watching it.


1. Parable as synopsis

I watched nine episodes of I May Destroy You before I had to hang up on Arabella—the show’s protagonist; a writer currently under contract to complete a book while simultaneously dealing with the trauma from multiple sexual assaults. The show, based on the true life experiences of Michaela Coel; a writer/actor/creator with god-like cheekbones, left me stripped each week, screened, then bludgeoned.  Would you believe

I too am a person

who sometimes writes

and is currently under contract to complete a book

that centers multiple sexual assaults and PTSD and, that book is a memoir.

I think you can believe me

         because I’m not giving you another chance to laugh out loud at a rape joke

the way I did during episode five. 

Arabella learns that an arrest has been made thanks to a semen sample on her clothes from the night she was assaulted. We’ve seen this exact scene hundreds of times on SVU. We know that soon, the sample will be deemed too weak and the case will inevitably close. But this is not SVU. This is someone’s life.

2. Parable as skit

I’ll let you know whatever it is you want to know about me, but not how it changed the way I breathe. I’m too busy

being ok. Or working. Or laughing. Or reading. Or disappearing.

3. Parable as punchline

“Are you the…

Why I Can’t Finish Watching ‘I May Destroy You’: A Parable – Repeller

I watched nine episodes of I May Destroy You before I had to hang up on Arabella-the show’s protagonist; a writer currently under contract to complete a book while simultaneously dealing with the trauma from multiple sexual assaults. The show, based on the true life experiences of Michaela Coel; a writer/actor/creator with god-like cheekbones, left me stripped each week, screened, then bludgeoned.



Why I Can’t Finish Watching ‘I May Destroy You’: A Parable

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