‘Hindsight is a gift, stop wasting my time’

By the end of the 69 minute comedy special I was full out sobbing. Hannah Gadsby’sNanette affected me in a way I had not expected. It was raw, intelligent, funny and devastating. Gadsby is seamless in her delivery. She is brilliant, and her social  commentary is powerful.

I have always maintained that storytelling can be a catalyst for positive change and it can help people heal. Gadsby reclaims her story from just being a punch line and delivers a punch to the gut with her devastating truth.

“I built a career out of self-deprecation, and I don’t want to do that anymore,” she says.

“Because you do understand what self -deprecation means from somebody who already exists in the margins? It’s not humility. It’s humiliation.”

img_1046I wasn’t planning to write about this but I feel compelled to share my thoughts about why uncomfortable truths are necessary in order to raise awareness, educate and bring about change. In Nanette, Gadsby delivers her carefully constructed story with humour and, at times, anger and demands our attention.

‘Hindsight is a gift, stop wasting my time.’

As a former journalist, and now a storyteller for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, I have always found that the truth brings us together. It’s never easy to hear and certainly hard to comprehend at times but it is important.

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“You learn from the part of the story you focus on,” Gadsby says. “I need to tell my story properly.”

In doing that, her story has connected people around the world. Gadsby elevates the #MeToo discussion and reframes her story, owning her shame and pain, demanding we do better.