When House of Cars first aired on Netflix in 2014, it was one of the first American sitcoms to tackle the issue of body image.
In the season 1 finale, “Macho,” the cast member of a wealthy family tells her daughter that “women don’t have a right to be thin” and “we need to protect our bodies.”
That moment, which aired just one day after Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender, led to a backlash against the show, with critics calling it “a sexist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-feminist, and misogynist show,” and a slew of boycotts of the show.
However, a recent report in The New York Times claimed that House of Card’s creator Beau Willimon had “misread” the backlash.
The Times article notes that Willimon said he thought the backlash was “an opportunity for me to start doing things differently.”
According to the Times, Willimon also said that he “felt the backlash” was “overblown.”
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Willimans daughter Ashley says that she was inspired by Caitlyn’s experience.
“She had been through so much,” Ashley said.
“It made me think about how our world is so far gone.”
In the interview, Ashley said that the show helped her learn “how to talk to people in a different way.”