Paraphrasing because I just saw it and haven’t had a chance to watch it back.
Miranda Hart, as her sitcom character Miranda in the eponymous series said: Women who look like me don’t get any messages that we’re attractive. So it might take us a little longer to feel like we are.
I can’t even tell you why her saying that was so important, but I’ll try. It is an absolutely honest moment in a comedy series where she herself has taken the mickey out of herself, including her height and weight. The jokes were funny and made you feel close to the character even as you were laughing at her. She has written other characters making fun of her height and weight and often her answer was ‘rude!’ but never ‘untrue.’ Because she is as tall as a man and as broad as a man. No matter how many people who truly like her will now want to buck her up and tell her: ‘No really, you are attractive!’ 99% of all the information she receives about her looks will tell her that she does not fit in with the attractive set. And that’s because she doesn’t, not in the way the system is set up now. Addressing that is not about pity, or about compliments, it is simply true. If people regret that it is true, well hey, the system just got a little dented.
And in the mean time: Miranda Hart is quite clear about one thing; it is not her job to be attractive to anyone she doesn’t want to attract.
I will try not to spoil the last episode of this fantastic series so let me just say this: The theme was about defining herself outside of her mother and her love-of-life as a whole and complete person. I really couldn’t ask for more.