Earlier this week writer and director Michaela Coel debuted her latest series on BBC One. I May Destroy You, which Coel wrote and co-directed explores consent and dating in modern life through the story of Arabella who is sexually assaulted on a night out.
Coel, who has been in Black Mirror and Star Wars along with writing and starring in hit series Chewing Gum, plays the lead role of Arabella and has previously spoken about her own experience of sexual assault.
In a recent interview with BBC Writer's Room, Coel discussed addressing such a serious topic, stating that even in these situations humour is an inevitable part of her work, "I didn't add humour, humour is always there; at every party, funeral and war, although often uninvited, she's always there."
She continued, "I - for some reason - I always seem to find myself in a corner with her [humour], even when in a police station giving a witness statement about being raped by a stranger. I've come to accept she'll be in everything I do."
The show hit BBC One earlier this week, and the reception has been resoundingly positive, with critics and viewers alike coming out in support of the show. Here's our pick of the best Twitter reactions to Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You.
Ok family so #IMayDestroyYou is already bringing us— #InnerActionsShow | 2020 (@JustLatasha404) June 8, 2020
- hella black cast (brits)
- mental health
- bisexuality (black women)
- black men disengaging from hypersexuality
- hella black brit women-led hip hop
might be cute 👀
#IMayDestroyYou deals with sexual assault and consent in a way that I have not seen on television before.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) June 8, 2020
It’s powerful and thought provoking, but full of hope too. Do watch it.
I've just watched the first two episodes of #IMayDestroyYou and already this is shaping up to be one of the best and most important dramas of 2020— kc (@tuaisceartach) June 9, 2020
i just finished the first two episodes of #IMayDestroyYou and all i can say is that micheala coel is a STAR. it’s hard to believe that this is the same actress/writer that gave us chewing gum. her range >>>— #blacklivesmatter (@ciyaalosuuq) June 9, 2020
I May Destroy You airs on BBC One every Monday at 10:45pm, or you can watch it now on iPlayer.
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