Filthy Rich

Filthy Rich: Ghislaine Maxwell (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline:

All of this sucks.

Quick synopsis:

The story of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was Jeffery Epstein’s….I don’t know how to describe her.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

Nope, nothing.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

Still nothing.

My Take:

I’m just going to be honest with you, nerds. This one is not good.

Let’s get the most obvious part out of the way. Ghislaine Maxwell is a terrible human being who should never see the light of day. She helped Jeffrey Epstein do horrible things. She deserves no mercy because she showed none to the women she exploited. Case closed literally and figuratively on that end.

As for the actual presentation of this terrible human being, it can’t be worse than her, but it is not good. Much of the crimes are already chronicled in Filthy Rich: Jeffrey Epstein. There is not a lot more to cover or evidence to present. Instead, we get people who say they knew Ghislaine at various points in her life. Are they good friends? Maybe. Although it seems like a few might be stretching their knowledge. And Ghislaine’s relationship with her father is littered with speculation.

There is also at least one person who I audibly doubted the authenticity of while watching. Let’s just say I doubt Ghislaine would meet someone and immediately start telling them about her criminal behavior.

There are victims of Ghislaine who talk on camera. These are the only times this show finally focuses on the right things, which are the crimes of this horrible woman and the human cost. There is not nearly enough time spent with them.

But feel free to hate watch! No judgement here!


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2 responses to “Filthy Rich: Ghislaine Maxwell (Netflix)”

  1. CTMK Avatar

    Hm but wouldn’t an alternative take be that we should learn about all the parties involved so we have a broader understanding of what happened?

    1. Head History Nerd Avatar
      Head History Nerd

      I actually would have appreciated learning about all parties for this one. The fatal flaw is the people chosen (other than the victims) seem at best on the peripheral and use a lot of pop psychology and conjecture. I would love to get the full story, but this show seemed like it was relying on anyone they could get on camera.

      Thank you for writing! (Twice!)

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