Spoiler: What the Ballad of Billy Balls Doesn't Disclose in Ep. 1
The instant that we meet Rebecca Wright in her couch-less East Village apartment, I had to know what she looked like. Her adjective laden description of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1980’s would sound fantastical to anyone who hasn’t watched HBO’s The Deuce. My assumption was that she would resemble an older, more eccentric version of Courtney Love (she doesn’t). While not overtly ‘google-able’ I was able to find her Instagram quickly. With few followers and only 10 posts, it was easy to spot the comment “Ma posting on Instagram,” from none other than the podcast’s host/interviewer iO Tillet Wright.
iO’s Instagram plugs the show, and references the fact that iO wouldn’t have been born had Rebecca been able to continue her relationship with the departed Billy Balls. But I’m curious why the podcast hasn’t yet explained their relationship to the listener. Should I have picked up on the same last names listening to the first episode? Yes, probably. Is this crucial to the story? Probably not. But as episode 1 ends, it now feels like a dirty secret that The Ballad of Billy Balls is trying to keep from us.
Before you continue on to see if the mother/child bloodline is revealed in episode 2 or beyond, learn more about iO Tillet Wright, who is an author, MTV star and LGBTQ rights activist.