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44 outgoing calls, a crushing headache and only a half-eaten kebab for company – ring a bell? While this grim situation may not be a million miles from the kind of early ’20s chaos we’re used to seeing splashing across our screens, Nicôle Lecky’s Mood tells a darker story. Following the story of 25-year-old aspiring singer-songwriter Sasha, the BBC Three series chronicles the pitfalls of social media, hustle culture and sex work – shining a light on the not-so-fine belly veil that hides ominously under sponsored posts and all-expenses-paid travel.

Launched as Superhoe in 2017, the series has seen multiple articulation, now finding its way into a succession of quick glimpses into the world of online sex work and sugar babies interspersed with heartbreaking moments and musical interludes. . As a writer, producer, and star of the show, Lecky had her work cut out for her. Describing the experience as a “baptism of fire”, she explains “It was a huge labor of love. It started with the play and went on this huge journey that I never even thought it would take. would continue, especially writing it during the pandemic when there was this OnlyFans boom A little ahead of the curve, Superhoe explored the idea of ​​camsites and camgirls, Lecky tapping into the zeitgeist of years before online sex work exploded into the public sphere.However, with a reported growth of 615% in 2020, it seemed obvious that the show should spotlight the platform the series is rebranding as DailyFans. a smile, Lecky continues: “I guess I was a little Mystic Meg! I was shown this really random site that led me down this rabbit hole and I wanted to explore sex work. I was in ahead of the curve, but it was definitely happening, it just wasn’t in the public sphere whereas society has taken much care of it now.

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Shining an analytical lens on influencer culture, Mood doesn’t shy away from the interplay between social media and sex work, with Sasha’s career as an Instagram star and prostitute going hand in hand. “Influencer marketing is huge now. People have this facade on social media and I was very interested in who these women were in real life and who they were portraying online. Lecky continues, “I wanted to look into it. and unravel it and see what pressures people were facing I myself felt the pressure of what we show on social media and what you don’t and I thought we needed a show Wrapped in the nuances of this world, the lines between empowerment and objectification are easily blurred, Lecky agrees, “It’s fuzzy, it’s so murky and it would really depend on who you’re dealing with. I was talking, if I felt like they were being taken advantage of or if I felt like they were empowered and influencing their own bodies. However, as is the case with Sasha, it’s all too easy to see how a misleading agency can turn out to be exploitative. “It’s a delicate subject, I understand the conditions in place, in particular for young women to fall into this kind of work. For me as a woman, I can’t tell another woman how to be empowered, but I think it’s about agency and choice and I feel disturbed when I see young women doing things against their morals, but that’s how they feel compelled to be seen in the music industry.

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Like Sasha, I felt drawn to the glamorous world or the tables of promoters and designer outfits depicted on screen, with the show’s mid-run acting as a sobering reflection – neither I nor apparently Sasha not knowing how it all ended this way. Lecky responds, “A lot of young women are really confused about how this happens. You’re on this roller coaster, it’s the culture of the hustle and bustle, it’s this heady mix of fun and you don’t want to think about the dangerous aspects, but I found out that talking to women, they’re stopped for a minute and thought ‘How did I end up here? I wanted to be a singer and now I’m a sex worker’, but it’s literally the girls who have to eat, you have to pay your bills, you have to finance yourself In one particularly shocking scene, Sasha’s family remark on her beauty, her success, her little sister cooing about her follower count – uncomfortable viewing when the book ends with graphic depictions of sex work. Asked if we’re willing to ignore the truth when Balenciaga bags and penthouse apartments distract us, Lecky remarks, “I don’t think we really delve into it. I don’t think it’s really about interview influencers and say how you really make your money, but it creates intrigue. You ask ‘is there more below the surface and are these women protected?’ If you’re doing this out of desperation, that’s a problem.

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Nicole LeckyMOOD

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Intertwined through the narrative is the charged subject of race, the nuances made especially apparent when Sasha is given the alias “Lexi Caramel”. Describing the pervasive fetishization of skin tone on sites like OnlyFans, Lecky comments “Sasha is naive and needs another black sex worker to tell her ‘you’ll be fetishized and overly sexualized because of your race’. It’s something authentic that couldn’t be escaped. I’m mixed race, I was playing a mixed race character and your race intersects with your day to day life, people like to talk about it so you end up really discussing it. Receiving praise for the sensitive portrayal of such delicate subject matter, Mood drew comparisons to the highly acclaimed series, Fleabag, however, this seems to be doing the series a disservice, casting it into a certain genre that it seems to sit on the outside of. While Fleabag focuses on an individual, Mood tackles broader topics that others would be too intimidated to attempt. On this comparison, Lecky responds “I get it, it’s just trying to steer people to es trying to understand the type of creator that I am” then adding “I think that we don’t really compare men. Fleabag is completely awesome but the shows are completely different.

So, is there anything Lecky wants viewers to take away from the show? “For me, it’s a way to challenge people’s judgments or preconceptions – life can be really difficult, especially for young people now, especially with social media, so I think it’s about having empathy and compassion right now in a society.” Free from judgmental judgments or moralizing innuendo, Mood offers a colorful and comprehensive insight into the murky world of sex work and should be essential viewing for anyone with an Instagram account or even internet access.

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