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After ‘SMILF’ controversy, Frankie Shaw has a lot to say

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in “SMILF.”
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Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in “SMILF.”

Frankie Shaw has something to say about the backlash from South Boston regarding her show “SMILF.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the controversy, here’s a brief summary: Earlier this week, City Councilor Ed Flynn called for the removal of posters around Boston promoting the show. “SMILF,” a Golden Globe-nominated series, recently filmed in the city and tells the fictional story of a single mother living in South Boston.

“The proud mothers I know from Southie, who work so hard for their families and our community, have told me they find it unwatchable as it is a degrading, crude, and inaccurate portrayal of their life,” Flynn said in a statement. “I’m tired of Hollywood making a profit off of these abysmal shows that in no way capture the real lives, character, and contributions of the people of South Boston.”

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The city later said the posters were scheduled to come down anyway.

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Flynn’s statement apparently didn’t sit well with Shaw, who posted on Facebook on Saturday that she welcomes Flynn, who admitted he hadn’t seen the show, to watch it with her.

Read her full statement here, where she discusses being raised by a single mom in Southie, why she’s OK with the show being called “SMILF,” and how her family is being priced out of South Boston: