Andra Whipple is fine with fat but she likes to use the words “chubby” or “chunky,” and she says it with true midwestern twang. She’s a white woman from southern Ohio and is currently a television writer, most frequently on Adam Ruins Everything. On the episode, Andra discusses her love of tv writing and her love of Adam Ruins Everything because of its lean toward justice and truth. She also goes in depth about her climb to being in a writers room, rising from being a post PA to a writers assistant to being a staffed writer on a really great show. In the writers room, one is asked to share their life’s stories and Andra brought her vulnerable experiences with body image and disordered eating to the writers room. Andra describes the ways in which her social advantages got her into a position of being hired and she wants to use her privilege to open doors for other marginalized people in this industry.
Andra’s One Cool Thing is the IG account and personality Talli Osborne @nubs416. She’s a punk rock circus artist and she doesn not have arms. Jana’s One Cool Thing is Pen15, the best show on tv!!
To see the work of Jen Ponton who discusses fat representation in TV at the top of the episode, check out her website and her sizzle for Queens of Daytime!
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