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The New 'Crazy Ex Girlfriend' Theme Song Addresses Our Issues With That Terrible, Sexist Title (Autoplay Video)

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | October 20, 2015 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | October 20, 2015 |


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This week’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, already one of the fall’s best new comedies, managed to outdo its phenomenal pilot. While the first episode did a great job at setting up the terms of the show— the inciting event, the tone, easing us into a world where song and dance numbers are not just present but natural— this week was all about the characters. Rebecca’s coworker Paula moved from Personified Conflict Impetus to being an actual fun and important sidekick. And the Rachel Bloom you hopefully already knew and loved for her super weird, dark YouTube videos started to shine through with even more personality than we’d seen in the pilot.

Even more impressive, though, is how the show decided to tackle our issues with it’s title, which ever since the first announcement of the show, had been keeping viewers away. Because even though the title is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek, meta commentary, before you watch the show, it just comes off as a sexist cliche. Even after the first episode, it still wasn’t entirely clear what we were supposed to make of the title. Even though Rebecca swears up and down that she’s not in love with Josh, and that she didn’t move across the country for him, she clearly did. At worst, uprooted her life to basically stalk a guy who dumped her in high school. At best, he was an undeserving and unreciprocated catalyst for a really drastic life change. Neither one of those really dismisses the “crazy” label. Plus, the harder she denies her obsession, the more obsessed she seems.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, though, knows all of this about itself, and it clearly needed to address these concerns. And what better way to do that than through song? Specifically, through a cheery new theme song that shows Rebecca defending her choices to a chorus of exposition-based judgy cartoons.

She’s the crazy ex-girlfriend.
What? No I’m not.
She’s the crazy ex-girlfriend.
That’s a sexist term.
She’s the crazy ex-girlfriend.
Can you guys stop singing for just a second?
She’s so broken inside!
The situation’s a lot more nuanced than that.
C-R-A-Z-Y!

It feels like the show isn’t trying to convince us that Rebecca is or isn’t crazy. It really IS more nuanced than that. Hopefully it’ll stick around long enough to delve fully into the source of her unhappiness, and the reasons behind her choices in dealing with that unhappiness. What causes a woman to latch onto a seemingly random guy as a fix-all for her life? Because that, rather than anything having to do with Josh himself, is the show’s real core.


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