Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: The following is rife with spoilers galore for The Good Place. If you’re not already caught up with this forking gem of a show, you may want to remedy that now. You won’t regret it. 

Simone Garnett

Fast Facts:

William Jackson Harper and Kirby Howell-Baptiste in The Good Place

THE GOOD PLACE — “Employee of the Bearimy” Episode 405 — Pictured: William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Simone Garnett — (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Simone Garnett (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) worked alongside Chidi (William Jackson Harper) at St. John’s University in Sydney, Australia. Not much is known about her life prior to her time at the university. Simone was an esteemed neuroscientist who gave Chidi a free MRI scan in Season 3 of The Good Place. She aided Chidi in conducting a study that included Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto). Simone formed a bond with Chidi that inevitably blossomed into romance. Eventually, the study came to an abrupt end and Chidi broke things off with Simone. This was when he regained his memories of his time in the afterlife. 

Later, Simone made a reappearance in Michael (Ted Danson) and Eleanor’s experimental neighborhood. She was handpicked by demon Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) to be one of four humans involved in said neighborhood. Eleanor and co. were tasked with challenging Simone and her fellow unwitting participants to strengthen their moral compasses. This was meant to prove that humans are capable of positive change. Simone and Chidi rekindled their tryst, but neither of them recalled their time together on Earth. She was reticent to accept that she was even in the afterlife. She also butted heads with one of the other humans – to be fair, he was quite arrogant. Simone and Chidi parted ways…again. Eventually, she high-tailed it out of the neighborhood for good. In the end, she wound up in the authentic Good Place. 

The Real Deal: 

Now, Simone is the real deal. She possesses a heaping helping of brains, for one. Simone is a scientist who specializes in neurology. You’d have to be pretty forking smart to excel in that field. She has a keen sense of awareness – almost too keen. Yes, she has a difficult time suspending disbelief when it comes to seemingly “fantastical” concepts. Simone had a scientific explanation for everything she was experiencing when she first landed in the afterlife.

In addition, she’s unafraid to speak her mind. Simone has a very low tolerance for ashholes, and she’ll give them the third degree. She reminds me of New Yorkers – they’re unabashedly kind, but they’re also immensely blunt. Simone has no filter, and sometimes that can be a good thing. Her no-nonsense attitude probably came in handy while she was studying to be a scientist. She’s kind, affectionate, and loyal to her loved ones. Simone also has a sunny disposition and a cheerful demeanor. 

Why She Matters:

Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Brandon Scott Jones in The Good Place

THE GOOD PLACE — “A Chip Driver Mystery” Episode 406 — Pictured: (l-r) Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Simone Garnett, Brandon Scott Jones as John Wheaton — (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Why does Simone matter? She’s a motherforking scientist, folks. She fought tooth and nail to climb the ladder in her field, and she succeeded. Not only that, but she’s a woman of color working in a career that’s predominately male. Now, young folks everywhere can be inspired by her character. Her blatant honesty and low tolerance for mean people is admirable. Perhaps we could all use some of that anger to light a fire under our collective ash. 

So, be like Simone. Never be afraid to tell the truth. Wield your intellect like the forking weapon it is. Make sure to knock arrogant ashholes down a few pegs while you’re at it. Oh, and gorge on all that afterlife fro-yo. It’s pretty darn good, so just roll with it. 

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