The year was 2016, and with the abated breath, I was texting my friend that Lilly was about to perform at the fanfest. I lost all cool and even cried a little as to how proud this woman made me feel. She used to be everything I could relate with and there on she just grew.
I do not relate to any of her rants of events in life, in today’s day and time, but I will forever have endless support for my ‘brown’ sister from another mister. I have been watching contents created by Lilly since the time she used to sit in one corner of her room, with her bed panel showing and she would speak to the screen. That 10-15 minute video was everything, and I keep going back to these videos time and again. But here is the thing… She is no longer an ‘influencer’, she is a real-time late-night talk show host, and I have some questions about her show!
For people who came across Lilly Singh, quite recently, let me give an introductory speech about the woman and not the Wikipedia story, but something real. Lilly Singh is a Canadian YouTuber who spoke her heart when things got a little messy. Born of Indian parents Malwinder Kaur and Sukhwinder Singh, Lilly represents Canada and India in the same light, and there is no shade.
Lilly would simply rant about a lot of things, and prepare skits, including her parents into her videos and totally created a fictional set of parents, very true to her actual parents- Paramjeet and Manjeet. There is nothing more amazing than watching Lilly create the hand sign for her YouTube pseudonym “IISuperwomanII”. From October 2010-September 2019, she has come a long way and has introduced us to the amazement called Lolly and Scarbro the dawg, Humble, and her actual parent, who are absolutely adorable! She is a creator, an influencer, an entertainer, she came out as bisexual, and there is nothing but adoration for this woman who spoke her truth to her viewers. Now, the only problem that I am facing is with her show- A Little Late With Lilly Singh.
The thought behind the show is amazing. We do need a woman in her power suit, bonus- her being of color, strutting down the late-night show podium in her power-suit and speaking her mind. All about that life, but I think that her content was more free and accessible when she was creating her YouTube content.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there is so much that goes into making a show than what my little brain can fathom, but it’s just that I believe that we have come across the content which is being spoken about numerous times. That’s my only issue with the show, and maybe someone could give her, her gorgeous ensembles, which she used to wear throughout her vlogs back.
I am not saying that I hate her power suit because hate is not the word that Lilly promotes, and I too would refrain, but in her fancy clothing, Lilly seems a little distant to me. It’s just my personal thought; I love how goofy and adorable she is in her vlogs and then all of a sudden I see her in a matured ensemble and my brain gets a little confused as if she has grown up a little too suddenly. I demand that she walks out in her tracks and girl love merch because I am not ready to grow up with her, because if she has to behave like a grown-up adult, I will have to act like one too, and I am not prepared for that. #LatewithLilly is everything I want to become when I grow up, and I am 27 (insert-awkward-smile), but it’s too soon for my immature brain to deal with how far she has come.
The show #LatewithLilly will take time to evolve into something that Lilly has envisioned, and it will take a lot for the newer audience to pick up from all the shows that people have been accustomed to. The thing is that Lilly’s show comes from the heart, a brain that’s juggling multiple tasks and wants to be little immature, but must also break barriers. It is true that she is a woman of color ( and I still don’t find any reason why this is being mentioned over and over again, all across the sites, because she is fabulous and it does not matter who is on the seat- a woman of color, a woman in general or a man) and she is jumping headfirst into a male-dominated late-night show culture, so she needs to get her footing strong and her head stronger in the game.
The recent episode that have been aired so far weren’t exactly flawless, but that is alright because that is who she is. She is imperfect, and that makes her very endearing. Her monologues were aimed at the niche millennial mind-space, and that is alright. Here is to hoping that the show will evolve into a fantastic piece of work that is inspiring and makes us all proud, just as much as we are of Lilly herself. I won’t be raving about the show, but I will not be judging it either based on the first few episodes, as she has time and she will overcome the hurdles, and she will make this show into something interesting.
So, here’s to hoping for the best and how can we forget: “One Love. Superwoman. And it’s a wrap. Zooooop!”