Why Kaitlin Olson Loves Being Insulted On ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

The gang on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is always fighting. Often the guys gang up on Dee (Katilin Olson). Fortunately, they all get along in real life. They just get paid to yell at each other and make fun of each other. That’s not going to change when season 14 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres.

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Kaitlin Olson attends the premiere of FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Season 13 |Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Olson was on a panel with her costars and co-creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the Television Critics Association. Dee is only going to take more abuse when It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns September 25 at 10 p.m. on FXX.

The gang abusing Dee makes Kaitlin Olson laugh

Maybe if It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was a serious drama, it would be hard to watch them abuse their friend for 14 years. Since it’s a comedy, their abuse is hilarious.

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“It’s just so funny to me, the desperation with which she comes into this group again and again and again,” Olson said. “Every time they call me a bitch, I want to start laughing. I love it so much. It’s fun to play, especially in this day and age, a character that allows all this misogyny and doesn’t really know how to deal with it other than yelling. It’s so sad and it’s so funny to me.”

The worse they treat Dee, the better Kaitlin Olson gets treated in real life

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans have become quite protective of Kaitlin Olson. If only Dee’s friends would be so supportive.

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“I reap the benefits on social media because every time I post something, I get thousands of ‘Shut up, bird’ comments,” Olson said. “Piggybacked on top of that are people defending me and being like, ‘Oh, really original. I’m sure she loves reading shut up, bird. Don’t listen to them.’ I don’t have to do anything. I have all these women and men who are so upset at them for saying, ‘Shut up, bird’ to me.”

Kaitlin Olson knows the audience gets it 

The passion with which fans defend her shows Olson that they understand it’s not good to treat a woman the way the gang treats Dee. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is satirizing their misogyny.

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Kaitlin Olson arrives for the premiere of FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Season 13 | Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

“The way they treat me is so funny to me because I think it highlights how horrific it is to speak to a woman like that,” Olson said. “Yeah, we’re showing how ridiculous it is to talk to someone like that. Plus, there’s really nothing wrong with bird so that’s funny too. I love the whole thing.”