The Umbrella Academy S2 Did A Great Job Of Bringing Us Back To The 1960s (And That’s Not A Compliment)

Umbrella Academy S2 Did A Great Job Of Bringing Us Back To The ‘60s
The Umbrella Academy Emmy Raver-Lampman As Allison Hargreeves In Episode 206 Of The Umbrella Academy Cr. Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix © 2020

If you noticed the racism in S2 of The Umbrella Academy, you probably also noticed that women get absolutely no credit for anything they do (even if they literally save your life) and we can thank the 1960s for that!

You see, in The Umbrella Academy Season 2, The Hargreeves siblings get time-warped into different years during the 1960s.

And while I know many are pretty excited about The Umbrella Academy taking us back to the ’60s in S2, here’s why it actually sucks.

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Why Going Back To The 1960s Actually Sucked

1. Women are allowed to give their opinions but aren’t actually given credit for those great ideas.

Ain’t that some shit!


In episode 6, Allison decides to help Ray before she even joins his protest, by making a few notes on one of his flyers, basically helping to make things go as smoothly as possible. But not once does she ever get credit for it!

Hell, when her husband was locked up and she decided to keep the movement going, one of the men actually tried to tell her no!

Um, excuse me, sir! Who gave you all this f*cking audacity? Last I remember, this is my husband, and if I say we continue without his currently locked up ass, we continue! Who are you to tell me what MY husband would want?

In other terms … GTFOHMN!

Had it not been for Allison, who knows if they would have even gotten that far!

Yet, not once was she ever recognized for contributing to their success.

2. Despite the racism, Allison literally uses her powers to save her husband and he didn’t even say thank you!

Like you gotta be f*cking kidding me!

This one REALLY bothered TF outta me!

In episode 3, during what I like to call … “The Most Traumatic Scene In Season 2 Of The Umbrella Academy For Black Folks“, Allison uses her powers to save her husband’s life, putting her own self at risk.

Yet this motherf*cker decides that instead of thanking her, he would rather walk away from her, angry because he doesn’t understand HOW she saved his life!

Sir … how ’bout a f*cking thank you before you start asking me questions?

Like men really think women owe them a f*cking explanation for every little thing they do and NEWSFLASH … we don’t! Stop it!

Say thank you and let’s discuss your concerns later! You know … when we’re not in the middle of a protest turned police riot, where one of them could possibly grab yo ass and beat the shit out of you … again?!

Like god forbid you actually have to tell your wife thank you! OMG! *rolls eyes*

3. Black women spend their days saving each other, while the men leave them hanging to dry like yesterday’s laundry.

Like what is up with episode 3 and episode 6!

And why can’t women just be treated fairly?

Oh, that’s right, we’re stuck in the ’60s!

However, when you have to watch Black women save themselves, not once, but twice … while men are around, it makes you wonder why everyone was so damn happy to take a stroll back into the 1960s.

‘Cause in episode 3, when Allison was grabbed by the cops it was another Black woman that helped release her.

Not the other men in the restaurant! Despite them sitting right f*cking there!


And in episode 6, when Allison couldn’t even talk, on the day she got dropped into this racist hell hole, it was a shop full of Black women who saved her from a group of white men who clearly wanted to harm her.

How come only Black women know how to save people around here?

And why would I ever be excited to travel back to the 1960s with The Umbrella Academy, when this time was filled with nothing but racists, sexists … I wanna say pigs, but it wasn’t just the cops who were racists back then huh. It was everyone!

So yeah. No, I’m good!

I’ll stay here in 2020, where the racism is sometimes hidden behind a white smile and a job acceptance letter, instead of blatantly broadcasted to the world like a badge of honor.

The 1960s wasn’t a great time for women, especially Black women, so I think I’ll just take my chances with the current time period we’re in right now. Corona and all.


Written by Shaye Wyllie

Shaye is an Entertainment Writer from Brooklyn, NY and a big fan of anything and everything superpowers related (especially if kids/teens are involved), cooking + baking shows (like MasterChef Junior and Cupcake Wars), teen dramas, sitcoms, comedies, and legal dramas. When she's not binging the latest series on Netflix or writing, you can find her spilling her thoughts on the Brown Side of Disney Chat or creating YouTube videos with her daughter for their new family site, Popcorn and Tater Tots.



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