Being hailed as the “must watch series this summer” the premiere of the new show ‘Back Stabber’ brings a powerful message surrounding acceptance, anti-bullying and embracing who you are.
With its successful premiere this past Friday, the highly anticipated new series on Amazon is witty, down to earth and packs a powerful message of accepting everyone for who they are. Created by openly gay 27-year-old Ryan Zamo, the show is loosely based on his real life experiences, he said, “I came out 11 years ago when I was just 16-years-old, and sadly, I faced a lot of bullying because of it. I grew up in a town where no one else had come out yet, so it took a while for me to be okay with who I am…and I want to help others who are facing the same struggles I did.”
Individually, each of the storylines in ‘Back Stabber’ carry multiple messages. Two of the main characters, Sam and Isaiah, are faced with the challenges of coming out and being bullied, as well as being accepted by their peers, within themselves and by their family. Isaiah, who is eccentric and vibrate, struggles with coming out, Zamo commented, “I based his back story on some of the real events my friends have gone through. I think the show will open people’s minds because the situations the characters are faced with are all based off of real life stories, so hopefully viewers will relate.”
However, with major blows and setbacks over the past year, ‘Back Stabber’ almost never came to be. The show was created over 7 years ago, but had no interest from Hollywood producers, Zamo said, “I wrote the first episode in film school as a final project, which I happened to get a C on, but the message behind this story was something I’ve always fought for.”
With no financial backers, sponsors or Hollywood interest, season 1 was fully produced for under $2,000, the young creator said, “I used my own equipment, and spent weeks watching video tutorials on how they edit blockbuster movies. I knew I had to get this message out there, my actors haven’t even gotten paid, they gave up work shifts to come film, that’s how much we all believed in this show and its message so much.”
At the June 23rd red carpet premiere for the new Amazon series, the production team donated the proceeds to anti-bullying organizations, driving home its message of acceptance and trying to make a change in the world.
Following the recent tragic events in Orlando, the new Amazon series ‘Back Stabber’ has the potential to create a shift in today’s society, creating a positive impact on embracing everyone for who they are. And despite its low budget, with the shows’ successful opening weekend, it looks like it may have a fighting chance to spread its message to viewers around the world.
Season 1 of Back Stabber is now available on Amazon Video, and free with amazon prime, visit: