Now Meghan Markle takes aim at hit shows 'Scrubs' and 'How I Met Your Mother' for potraying women as 'crazy'
LONDON, UK: Meghan Markle's 'Archetypes' podcast has been the centre of many controversies and triggered many headlines. The newest episode does not disappoint. Meghan claims she was called "mad" and "hysterical" in the latest episode.
Constance Wu, Jenny Slate and Deepika Padukone were in discussion with Meghan when she said, “Raise your hand if you’ve ever been called crazy or hysterical or what about nuts, insane, out of your mind, completely irrational?"
“Okay, you get the point. Now, if we were all in the same room and could see each other, I think it would be pretty easy to see just how many of us have our hands up? By the way, me too,” she said on the podcast.
The former 'Suits' actress stated that she felt "pretty strongly" about the word "crazy" during the 55-minute episode, titled 'The Decoding of Crazy' and that aired on Tuesday, October 11. Additionally, she said that its usage has "shattered" families.
“The way that it’s thrown around so casually and the damage it’s wrought on society and women, frankly everywhere. From relationships to families being shattered, reputations destroyed and careers ruined," she said, adding, "The stigma surrounding the word, it also has this silencing effect. This effect where women experiencing real mental health issues, they get scared. They stay quiet, they internalize, and they repress for far too long.”
Additionally, Meghan criticized two US sitcoms for their depictions of "crazy" women. She said, "The use of these labels has been drilled into us from movies and TV, from friends and family, and even from random strangers. The fact is, no one wants this label."
Several clips were played including the one where Neil Patrick Harris says as his character Barney in 'How I Met Your Mother', "If she's this crazy, she has to be this hot." And in yet another, Sarah Chalke's character Elliot from the television series 'Scrubs' says, "I can't take it, Carla. I cannot hide the crazy a minute longer. I'm just this big mountain of coocoo is about to erupt and spew molten crazy, all over him and he's gonna die like this."
Meghan never once mentions the person who labelled her "crazy" while talking about it. On the other hand, she previously discussed feeling suicidal as a working member of the royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The duchess revealed in her candid interview with Winfrey that she struggled with mental illness and felt like she "didn't want to be alive longer," but she was never given treatment because it "wouldn't be good for the institution." Meghan once referred to herself as an "ugly duckling" who "never had somebody to sit with at lunch" in an Archetypes episode.
Meghan also urged audiences to overlook "societal frameworks" and the "loud voice emanating from a little area" in another speech, after the death of the Queen.