The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Season 4 Wins with Diversity and Inclusion
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has entered its fourth season on Amazon Prime Video, and, just as Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) declared during the first episode, the series has also resolved to be unapologetically what it is.
Season Four brings forward scenarios introduced at the end of Season Three, exploring Joel’s relationship with Asian-American Mei Lin (Stephanie Hsu) and Midge’s being fired from Shy Baldwin’s (Leroy McClain) tour after publicly questioning his sexuality.
Though these situations may well have ruffled the many-layered skirts of the housewives of the time, Maisel’s New York City is brave and kind and adventurous, and invites us all into the fold.
Season Four ambitiously takes on the journey of the single working mom, interracial relationships, pregnancy out of wedlock, same-sex love, and Blacks and whites working harmoniously side by side.
Midge’s manager, the hilariously savage spitfire Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein), is credited with fighting her way independently into a man’s world.
Midge also courageously bucks gender roles by taking a job (and rocking it) as the emcee of a gentlemen’s club.
If all that’s not enough, the current season tackles addiction, the ending of connections, the evolution of friendships, death, and mental health, all with guts, grace, and humor.
Maisel’s characters are not only choosing themselves but honoring, quite boldly, the individuals they’ve become.
This season, perhaps unwittingly, supplies a vibrant counterpoint to all that’s happened lately in our world, transcending the infighting and backbiting we’ve been forced to endure. It also answers the call of our culture to become the best humans we can be, nudging us to make choices that honor our health and well-being.
It’s a lesson we are learning together.
Mrs. Maisel Season Four, above all, sells peace, freedom, and acceptance.
And that’s just what this world needs right now.