The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival Was Actually Super Offensive
I used to come home every day after school and watch "Gilmore Girls," and through the years I've continued to be a huge fan.
When the revival was announced, I was beyond excited. But while watching it, I noticed serious issues that need to be addressed.
Stars Hollow may be in a bubble, but the writers and producers aren't. So there's no reason for any offensive content to be written into the show.
Here are a few times when "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" was actually super offensive:
Throughout the show, people have said offensive and derogatory statements toward Asians as a whole.
This can go as far back as the very first episode Mrs. Kim was seen in and it continued throughout the series.
She was consistently portrayed as a stereotypical Asian mother who was over-protective and thought nothing but school mattered.
Mrs. Kim also says Koreans who are part of the choir and “fresh off the boat” will get used to the tambourines just like they got used to “electricity at night.”
South Korea is actually developed, and they do have electricity at night. This comment generalizes Asian countries as undeveloped as a whole.
In the episode of the revival titled “Winter," Lorelai can't remember the chef's name because “it's like a million syllables long.” Actually, Roy Choi is only two syllables and Lorelai Gilmore has five.
This comes off as ostracizing people with different names.
Lorelai is the employer so she should try to remember her employee's name, even if it's not a traditional white name and may take more effort.
I really hoped the show would get past body-shaming jokes, but it hasn't.
In the “Summer” episode, Rory and Lorelai both make fun of fat people.
Lorelai says "belly alert," to which Rory responds with "holy moly." Their comments were unwarranted and offensive.
They continued to insult Pat, saying “back fat Pat.” Rory even made a slip where she called him “fat” instead of “Pat.”
The writers most likely put these lines in to get some cheap laughs from viewers, but the comments were wholly unnecessary.
In a culture that promotes body positivity, we should expect our media and TV idols to exude the same kind of thoughts.
The characterization of the maid, Berta, came off as very racist.
She's foreign, maybe Latina, speaks minimal English and brings her family over. The producers make her so foreign to the point where Emily can't even identify where she's from or the language she speaks.
The writers follow every single stereotype and don't try to stray from it.
It comes off as a play on this idea that all Latin people are financially dependent on rich, white families -- so untrue.
When "Gilmore Girls" first aired the ideas of seeking therapy and taking care of your mental health like you would your body were very stigmatized.
For example, when Rory had to see the school therapist after dropping out of Yale, Lorelai implied going to a psychiatrist was for "crazy" people, and Rory didn't need to go.
Although the show improved in mental health awareness when both Emily and Lorelai went to see a therapist, Claudia, going to therapy was still looked down upon. That's just unacceptable.
Taking care of yourself and your emotions shouldn't be stigmatized.
Taking care of yourself and your emotions shouldn't be stigmatized. People who have issues with their mental health aren't "crazy," mental health is an issue completely out of their control.
We need to work toward making the idea of mental health acceptable as a society, and the first step in doing this is having the media help erase the stigma.
Privileged White People
This show still portrays the idea of privileged, white people way too much.
For one, the cast isn't very diverse. If they didn't introduce any new characters, this would be understandable. But the revival has introduced new characters, like the psychiatrist and head of Sandy Says.
People of color seem to only be cast when they're in the background, blurred out or as workers, like the maid and housekeepers in both Paris and Emily's homes.
We need diversity in shows to help promote a sense of moving forward with social issues.
Netflix has done this with productions like "Sense8," "Black Mirror" and "Orange is the New Black," so I was disappointed the theme didn't follow through in the "Gilmore Girls" revival.
Finally! Michel came out of the closet!
I was so happy the writers decided to do that. By doing so they added some (although minimal) diversity to Stars Hollow.
But I do still have an issue with the way LGBTQ+ people were represented in the show.
Taylor holds a town meeting where he says there aren't “enough gays” to celebrate the town's inaugural Pride Parade. This statement turns queer people into objects because he just wants to meet a quota.
Through this, he is dehumanizing queer people. A queer person doesn't want to be included just because they're queer and the town needs their representation, but rather because they're human and should be included regardless.
The show was true to its traditional lines and content, but it failed to incorporate how many social movements and changes have taken place in the last nine years.
While time may have passed in Stars Hollow, and people have aged, the show has not progressed.