Jane Krakowski as Jackie Lynn, a Native American from South Dakota. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , Netflix's new series with a 30 Rock sensibility, is the show of the moment. It premiered to glowing reviews last Friday, with critics largely agreeing: It was " winning ," " very funny ," and " daftly effervescent ." But because the show is a delight to watch on so many levels, most reviews also swept one persistent plot point under the rug: Jacqueline Voorhees's odd, irrelevant, and ultimately offensive Native American past. Here's the problem: In the third episode, the audience learns that Kimmy's boss, Voorhees, is secretly a Native American. This revelation would be one thing on its own, but Jacqueline is played by the very white, very blonde Jane Krakowski. The episode includes flashbacks to her adolescence, where Jacqueline (then called Jackie Lynn) is still played by Krakowski, with lip service played to her dyeing her hair blonde and getting blue contacts — but these are subtle details. When addressed, the subplot is passingly called " bizarre " and " inexplicable ," but most critics decide to leave all mention of it out — good or bad. At the panel for the show at this… Read full this story
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