There’s no beef between ‘Shrill’ author Lindy West and former editor Dan Savage

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Amid buzz that one of many characters on Hulu’s new present “Shrill” is predicated on author Lindy West’s former editor Dan Savage, West says there’s no unhealthy blood between them.

West and Savage’s contentious relationship got here to a head in 2011 once they had been working collectively at native Seattle weblog The Stranger. She wrote a publish titled “Good day, I’m Fats,” which referred to as out Savage for shaming obese individuals in his articles. Savage then responded in a publish of his personal titled, “Good day, I’m not the Enemy.”

“Dan and I patched it up instantly and so there’s no battle, but it surely’s humorous that I’m answering questions on it,” West informed Web page Six on the “Shrill” premiere on Wednesday. “I used to be feeling actually nervous as a result of I hadn’t talked to him concerning the present after I knew individuals had been going to be asking about it and assuming that the character is him.”

However then destiny intervened and West and Savage ended up on the identical aircraft to SXSW earlier this month.

“We truly had this actually beautiful discuss and he was actually supportive and actually excited concerning the present and he laughed about how we’re speculated to be in a battle,” she defined. “We nearly took a selfie to show to the world that we’re not, however then we each regarded like rubbish so we determined to not.”

Whereas some plot strains within the Aidy Bryant present come from West’s actual life, the “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Girl” writer has been adamant in current interviews that the character of Gabe isn’t primarily based on her former boss.

John Cameron Mitchell in "Shrill"
John Cameron Mitchell in “Shrill”Andrew Eccles/Hulu

John Cameron Mitchell, who performs Gabe on the present, even mentioned he didn’t do any analysis on Savage for the position.

“I purposely didn’t learn these sections in [Lindy West’s] guide as a result of I didn’t need to be influenced by that,” Mitchell informed Web page Six.

He added, “My model for the character is: He was large within the ’90s within the Portland different rock & roll scene, perhaps had a little bit label, bemoans the ADD state of the world now and sees his personal enterprise collapsing because the Village Voice did. He acts all punk, however he’s a bit, ‘query authority however don’t query me.’ So it’s a enjoyable, punk rock dictator.”

“Shrill” is at the moment streaming on Hulu.

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