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Actual Angel Eric From Sex Education Is The Kind Of Character We Need More Of On Screen

Justice for Eric.

There is a lot to love about Netflix’s new series Sex Education. The British teen show is startlingly explicit while still being sensitive about the kind of highs and lows that a diverse mix of kids face in high school.

It’s genuinely funny, almost confusingly colourful, and actually emotionally resonant where it wants to be.

There is a lot to love about the show, but above all else, there is Eric.

Eric is our main character’s gay black best friend, without falling into the shallow tropes too-often allotted to the gay black best friend. He is not a caricature, and he has quickly become the favourite character of the vast majority of people who have watched the show.

For good reason. Eric is a fabulous angel.

A big part of why we’re all so drawn to Eric Effiong, is the sheer star power of Ncuti Gatwa. Gatwa is essentially a newcomer to the screen and his irresistible charisma makes the magnetic centre of every scene. 

As a character, Eric is entirely likeable and extremely necessary to feature. His narrative has heart and hardship, and it’s one that we haven’t seen play out nearly enough in TV or movies.

He’s an apologetically ‘out’ teen, he’s from a family of black, church-going immigrants who transcend the typical aggressively-conservative stereotype, he’s confident, and he’s just very complex.

It shouldn’t be rare to see characters like Eric, but so far it is, and it’s exciting. Hopefully we will get a lot more of them.

In an interview with Paper Magazine, Ncuti Gatwa discussed what makes his character and that story line so important. 

“First and foremost, what I love about that storyline is that it’s not that classic coming out story. Eric is out, and everybody knows he’s gay, and it’s what happens after he came out.” he said.

“When you’re a minority within a minority, and you’re starting to realize ‘The world’s not going to love me as much as it loves my white friend, or my straight friend.’ It’s tricky.”

It’s honestly such a delight to see Eric’s big personality emboldened on screen, and it’s heartbreaking to watch him be treated poorly by people with prejudice, and the people he loves.

Episode five is particularly hard to watch as Eric is left vulnerable after being let down by his best friend Otis, on his birthday no less. At least the way that the show deals with the fall out from the trauma that Eric experiences is nuanced and insightful.

Although, I think most people agree that Eric deserved better. From everyone.

Between Eric’s bold, effeminate clothing, colourful make up, and big personality, there is so, so, much about this character that steals your heart.

We honestly can’t pray hard enough that we will get to see this character in a second season of Sex Education, and get more banana-sucking, eyeliner-werking, orange-wearing, fierceness from Ncuti Gatwa. 

Marie Kondo Sees Your Outrage Over Her Controversial Book-Tidying Suggestion, And Tidied It Right Up

Naturally.

Marie Kondo and her Netflix special Tidying Up has become a cultural obsession. She has brought us revolutionary de-cluttering techniques, she has united the hoarders among us for realising what we could never be, She has blessed us with the ‘spark joy’ catch phrase, and she’s ignited a raging debate over her approach to tidying up books.

Basically, Marie Kondo wants you to Marie Kondo your books, and only keep what you really need to. But a lot of people are very attached to books – or at least the idea or aesthetic of having them around – and were outraged by the mere suggestion.

So true to her nature, Marie Kondo has tidied up this grand book controversy mess. In an interview with IndieWire, through her translator Marie Iida, she clarified how the ‘spark joy’ method can work differently for different people when it comes to books. Kondo herself prefers to cap her book collection at 30, but does not enforce that on everyone. She merely challenges them to consider their own preference.

“t’s not so much what I personally think about books. The question you should be asking is what do you think about books,” she said.

“If the image of someone getting rid of books or having only a few books makes you angry, that should tell you how passionate you are about books, what’s clearly so important in your life.”

She also clarified that she definitely never recommended literally ‘throwing away’ your books. That myth does not spark joy and it’s important to donate (and donate properly) when Marie-Kondo-ing your stuff.

“I always recommend donating them, so if that’s part of the misunderstanding, then that’s certainly being mixed up.” She said.

So there you go. Consider the whole ‘Marie Kondo wants you to throw your books away’ chaos officially tidied by an absolute pro.

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