Mary Beth Peil, F. Murray Abraham, Laura Osnes, Rick Holmes, Sally Murphy, Lilli Cooper and Michael Park in a New Yorker photo for Off-Broadway’s The Threepenny Opera.
(and it’s not about chris hoch this time, wow)
I just googled “Milly Shapiro” to find a picture of this adorable little nugget to show to a friend, and as I’m sure all of you know, google does this thing where relevant searches pop up in a dropdown menu. The dropdown menu offers things like…
i noticed this when i was googling for a pic of her to show someone. the one that broke my heart was “milly shapiro ugly.”
while i know that honestly it should be stupid for someone saying you’re ugly to be, like, the worst thing they can call you…it’s still intensely depressing. milly’s ELEVEN and already she has to be someone’s version of “pretty” for them to value her?
milly is such an amazing kid. which is probably why it bothers me as much as it does. looks are subjective, but NO ONE can argue that milly is beautiful in the ways that matter in life. i truly wish she was my daughter, and if i have a daughter (or a son, really!), i hope she’s exactly like milly. she’s a real-life matilda. but people on the internet act like real-life wormwood parents. and it’s shitty.
and if you saw ANYONE as matilda, and all you thought about was their looks, positively or negatively? congratulations, you totally missed the point of the show. you are mrs. wormwood. if you walked away thinking that being mean about a kind, clever little girl is edgy hilarity, well done, mr. wormwood.
i move that we all search “milly shapiro beautiful” and try to get that in the default searches. because she is.
Lottie right before her West End debut
God’s Favorite Musical: “Elders, form a line and step forward when your name is called!”