Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s first Netflix special, Nanette, is garnering a lot of praise for its candid take on topics like mental health and sexuality. Released just two weeks ago, the comedy special begins with deadpan humor before delving deep into Gadsby’s personal stories regarding homophobia and abuse, deftly tackling the #MeToo movement in the process. She even says at one point that she’s quitting comedy and many viewers say they can understand why by the end of her set.
Filmed at the Sydney Opera House, the special has been hailed as a triumph, jettisoning the genre of stand-up into new territory.
Check out the response on Twitter:
Blown away by #Nanette on Netflix. @Hannahgadsby talks about anger, shame, and the need for self compassion. “self deprecation.. when it comes from somebody who already exists in margins – It’s not humility. It’s humiliation” https://t.co/wGChWqUtX9
— Ben Campbell (@BenMacCam) July 2, 2018
Hannah gadsby's #Nanette is the most thought provoking, shocking and emotional work of art I have seen in a long long time
I have no words to describe how beautiful it is, leaves one spellbound and at a loss for words
— pranjal chaturvedi (@pranjalc) July 2, 2018
Three days after watching #Nanette, I finally feel able to voice an opinion. If Netflix were to delete their entire library, and keep just @Hannahgadsby's 1 hour and 9 minutes of brilliance, It would still be worth the price of subscription.
— Ranjan Crasta (@jah_crastafari) July 2, 2018
Some found that Nanette made them feel uncomfortable, but in a way that they eagerly admit they needed:
Just watched Nanette. @Hannahgadsby, I'm a straight, white, Tasmanian male and you made me squirm, feel uncomfortable and defensive. It forced me to think from a different perspective. Thank you. We all need to think more about others and less about ourselves
— David Catto (@dmcatto) July 2, 2018
nanette broke me into a thousand pieces and put me back together and i’m different now but also a lot better
— Cool Ranch DuBois (@losertakesall) July 2, 2018
Hailed as “radical” and “transformative” by The Atlantic, people can’t seem to say enough good things about Nanette, including Charlotte Clymer, the transgender woman and activist with the Human Rights Campaign who was kicked out of a D.C. restaurant for using the women’s restroom last month:
“This whole idea, this romanticizing of mental illness, is ridiculous. It is not a ticket to genius. It's a ticket to fucking nowhere.”
“When you soak a child in shame…”
If you need me, I'll be sobbing after watching @Hannahgadsby's phenomenal “Nanette” special on Netflix.
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) July 2, 2018
— Rohit Valecha (@TheRohitValecha) July 2, 2018
From what viewers are saying, it sounds like a program that everyone should watch:
Just watched the Hannah Gadsby special “Nanette”. It’s a masterclass in many things, not the least of which is humanity. I’ll watch it again tomorrow because it is that good and that important.
— Cindy Gauthier (@elightkeeper) July 2, 2018
Students in my Intro to Crim and Women & Crime courses will be watching @Hannahgadsby’s Nanette. Heck, I’ll likely find a way to show it in all my classes.
— Tara Lyons (@tara_lioness) July 2, 2018
.@Hannahgadsby To say #Nanette is profound and powerful is such a weak cliché when this is your life and you have opened it up to us in the hope that we can look in the mirror, learn, and do better. Thank you for trusting us with your story, I hope we can change
— Louisa Sampson (@Notes4romLouisa) July 2, 2018