‘The Shamed’ is a drama-dy about Megan, who after making an insensitive tweet was publicly shamed and had her life turned upside down. She has been sent death threats, harassed and lost her good job. A year after her tweet, Megan, now a dog-walker, lives remotely in a coastal suburb with her well-intentioned mother. Megan grows bored of rotating time with her mom, her frustrated therapist and last girlfriend. She yearns for a new friendship, a connection, may be even love and this is her goal. She just needs to learn how to deal with her critics. Using an alias, she ventures into the brave new world of dating. She reacts poorly, makes a fool of, and antagonises herself, but finally she finds who she’s been looking for in Alex. Alex, who’s also been publicly shamed. Together, they empathise and help each other navigate their realities. At the climax, its Megan’s balanced response to one such hater in public, that allows her to reach her resolution. She ultimately finds her sense of self worth again. ‘The shamed’ suggests that the shamed, like us, are humans who make mistakes and asks to what end should they suffer?
It’s a rite of passage premise, that relates to Judges chapters 6 verse 7. Israel, the shamed, have been punished and as a consequence are impoverished by the Midianites, represented by the haters. Megan, and the others shamed like her, worshipped the gods of the Amorites, which could be translated as worshipping social media like Twitter. Like Gideon overcoming his doubt that it is the Lord who speaks to him, Megan needs to overcome her critics. Gideon finds the courage to tear down the alter of Baal. Just like him, Megan chooses her response to the hater near the end of the story. Megan illustrates that she has more self worth than the hater who judges her, and we know she'll be okay going forward. Comparatively, Gideon with the spirit of the lord, has the confidence to convince the others to join him in fighting the Midianites.