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    Antonia Gentry Wrote A Powerful Instagram Post About Her Character On "Ginny & Georgia," And Everyone Should Read This

    "Finally, a character who was just as confused and imperfect as I was gets a chance to exist."

    Ginny & Georgia made waves this week on Netflix as the current number one show on the streaming service.

    Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howey as Ginny and Georgia
    Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    However, the show has also found itself embroiled in controversy over a joke about Taylor Swift's dating life. Taylor herself tweeted at Netflix on Monday, calling it "deeply sexist" and "lazy."

    Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you 💔 Happy Women’s History Month I guess

    Twitter: @taylorswift13

    For context, the line, "What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift," was said by Ginny, a 16-year-old character in an argument with her mother.

    Unfortunately, some fans of Taylor have responded by spamming the cast with hateful comments. A large portion of the backlash has been directed at 23-year-old actor Antonia Gentry (who plays Ginny), with people even leaving openly racist comments on her Instagram posts.

    Despite everything going on, Antonia has not shied away from social media. Today, she took the time to thank her fans for their support and share her thoughts on Ginny as a character — and everyone should read what she has to say.

    "Thank you for the love and support you have shown me and our show, Ginny & Georgia, over the past week," Antonia wrote. "I never would have imagined something like this as a young girl — that is, having a voice capable of impact. It is so meaningful to see the hundreds of messages from fans in my inbox who feel seen, heard, and understood because of the show and its characters."

    Ginny Norah and Abby taking a selfie together
    Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "As someone who grew up feeling voiceless and unimportant, and who did not see herself reflected on screen, Ginny Miller was finally a reprieve," Antonia wrote about her character. "Finally, a character who was just as confused and imperfect as I was gets a chance to exist. Ginny Miller, though fictional, is a character who reflects all of life’s contradictions and imperfections."

    Ginny observing her hair in the bathroom at sophomore sleepover
    Netflix

    "I fell in love with playing as Ginny Miller because she is a character who dares to be flawed, a character who tries her hardest to melt into the world around her seamlessly, but is consistently told no," Antonia continued. "She is a character among many in the show who implicate us all. She shows us our own biases, prejudices, and injustices."

    Ginny raising her hand in English class
    Netflix

    "[Ginny] loves, she lies, and she stands up for what she believes in — even though she may not have all of her facts straight," Antonia wrote. "She makes mistakes — morally, mentally, physically, emotionally — and not just within herself, but within the broken world she lives in."

    Ginny after being confronted by Max about Marcus
    Netflix

    Personally, I think Antonia's post is not only a great insight into her as an actor and a person, but also a really good reminder that teenage characters like Ginny are not supposed to be perfect.

    Georgia confronts Ginny over her behavior, Ginny agrees that she's "awful" and says, "Where do you think I learned it from?"
    Netflix

    This is especially true of Ginny, who's dealing with her family issues, trauma, self-harm, and trying to navigate her identity as a young biracial woman.

    Like Antonia said in her post, Ginny messes up — a lot. But isn't that kind of the point? Literally none of us were perfect as teenagers. I personally would gladly fight my 15-year-old self.

    John Mulaney calls 13-year-olds the meanest people in the world
    Netflix

    Regardless of your feelings about Ginny, I think we can all appreciate Antonia Gentry's message and her portrayal of a very real, complicated character that so many people are seeing themselves in.

    Ginny and Georgia on her 16th birthday with a birthday cake in front of them
    Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    So, yeah — let Ginny Miller be flawed. And let Antonia Gentry do her thing in peace!!!

    You can read Antonia's full Instagram post here.

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