Cinema / Feminism

My Adult Inspiration Is A Teenage Nickelodeon Character


I was raised by a TV. Probably not the best use of my time, but childcare is expensive and my mother worked multiple jobs. And with my extensive knowledge of badass chick characters that have graced my television since I was a kid; none of them have the attitude or upbringing as Sam Puckett—currently a character on Sam & Cat, and formerly of iCarly.

Sam (played by Jennette McCurdy) is a blonde-haired tomboy with intense physical strength and constantly eating something—especially if it’s a Fat Cake. She doesn’t wear dresses, rides a motorcycle, and can probably beat up your dad.

Sam Facts:
1. Sam has a twin sister named Melanie (also played by McCurdy) that goes to boarding school
2. She loves meat.
3. Sam’s father abandoned her when she was little.
4. Her mother had an unplanned pregnancy, gave birth to her and her sister, and admittedly left them in a gas station.
5. Sam hates the word ‘panties.’
Her favorite color is brown because it’s the color of gravy.
6. Weapon of choice: Butter Sock.
7. She wears two different socks for good luck.
8. Sam was banned for 7-years from competing in beauty pageants as a kid because he allegedly pushed her rival down a flight of stairs.
9. She has been in a juvenile detention center twice.
10. Her computer case in a photo of bacon.

Television writers sometimes do this thing where they make excuses for children of ‘broken homes,’ and throw them a ‘lets-feel-sad-for-this-person’ episode because they weren’t given the best that life could offer at a young age. Sam is the perfect example of understanding that she grew up in an atypical household, but that isn’t a reason to feel upset about the privileges her friends have but she never will.

I love her because she has her own definition of being strong and being feminine at the same time. She admits she is a girl and likes to feel pretty (i.e. season 3, episode 11: “iWas A Pageant Girl,” Sam admits that she hot in a pink evening gown), but she refuses to let people boss her around. Yeah, she can be a bit abrassive…but she knows how to ask for what she needs—something we really should take cue from.


Images: iCarly Wiki

Laura Delarato is a web producer, writer, social media consultant, video creator, and the brain behind Pass The Cake, Please fashion blog. She has spent a lot of the past 10-years of her life in internships, college, part-time jobs, graduate school, and in front of a computer typing away her next brilliant idea. Her work has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, Kong Magazine, London Glossy Magazine—and at one time CosmoGirl! Magazine. Laura spends a lot of her time typing code to make the internet work, performing improv at The Magnet Theater in NYC, and performing burlesque on every dingy bar stage she can find. Laura likes to be a total badass by participating in body-positive/fat-acceptance activism, crafting pasties, discussing the beauty of pornography, and wearing all the short skirts. Follow her at @lauradelarato

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