Documentary Review: Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out

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First of all, I feel that I should begin with the disclaimer; I am a crier. Books? Definitely. Films? Always. But documentaries? This was new even for me.

I initially only watched Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out documentary because I was at a loose end procrastinating Uni work (don’t we all?) and saw it trending on Twitter. I had zero preconceptions of what it would be like and I hadn’t spoken to anyone who had seen it. I was really approaching it as a blank canvas. And yet, within about five minutes, I was in tears.

Hearing arguably one of the most famous women in the country speak about how vile trolls obsessing over her weight had completely monopolised what should have been one of the proudest moments, and years, of her life, sincerely moved me to tears. And not the silent ones- the big, snotty, ugly ones.

Listening to her talk about her experience resounded deeply, especially watching her talk about an X-Factor performance- ‘I didn’t give a **** about whether our performance would be good, all I cared about was people seeing me and saying, “she has lost weight.”’ And to have her Mum express that for all her success, for all the fame, she would still take it all back in a second if it meant that she could have ‘her Jess’ back, one that wasn’t plagued with the bullying presence of social media, clenched at my heart.

While watching it, I was sad. And then I got angry. Angry for Jesy, angry for myself, angry for anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and hated so miserably what they saw back. I am angry that our happiness, even the happiness of a global superstar like Jesy Nelson, should be dictated by what we think and feel about our bodies, as well as what we think others will think.

Until this moment, I hadn’t felt so passionately about it. I always see girls on Instagram hashtagging #bodypositivity, but think, ‘it’s easy to be positive when that’s your body’. However, after watching this documentary, I felt such anger towards it all- the media, television, how we condition ourselves to see our own bodies and how much value we put into the way we look.

The documentary highlights the vulgar abuse of online trolling, and for that reason many have called for it to be shown across schools. It highlights our only increasing obsession with our weight, with how we look, and how society so desperately needs to change this. 

Words By Ellie Isabella Nodder

Edited By Vicky Sales

Khushi and Hannah are your entertainment editors

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