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The Broad City response to being told to 'smile' is just perfect

Jenni Maier


Jenni Maier

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Broad City's Abbi and Ilana school someone who tells them to smile

Broad City is the best comedy on TV right now, and if you're not watching it, you're missing out on one of the smartest, funniest and most feminist shows to ever be on air.

And no, I'm not being paid to say that. It's really that good. While the show first comes off as over-the-top and ridiculous (and I'm not just talking about what Ilana wears to her job), it quickly becomes clear that their jokes are actually spot-on social commentary.

Take this clip about being told to smile by strangers as a perfect example. I would take a bet that if you're a woman reading this over the age of, hmm, 4, you've been told to smile by a stranger. And even though smiling is usually a lovely thing to do, being told to do it by a stranger never feels lovely. It feels weird and aggressive and like you did something wrong.

And that is why Abbi and Ilana's response here just feels so very perfect:

So great, right? Watch it in GIF form over and over.

Broad City's Abbi and Ilana school someone who tells them to smile

Image: Comedy Central​

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