The social media love for Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival proved impossible to escape.
Fans rejoiced that their beloved show not only returned but sparked some of the same emotions from the original series’ run.
Not everyone embraced the return of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, played once more by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The social justice warriors watched the four new episodes and had plenty to say about it.
Their objections bounced from new media sites to venerable outlets like The Washington Post. In today’s news climate, those lines are increasingly blurred.
Let’s start with TheFrisky.com. The site pounced on the “Gilmore Girls” revival, calling it “racist, homophobic and fat shaming.” And that was just the headline.
… not having updated the show for today’s slightly more inclusive TV landscape brings the casual racism, homophobia and body shaming of the former show into sharp focus.
So what did the site’s scribe find objectionable? The show continues to fetishize “skinny white women,” for starters. The main characters also tease overweight men at the pool. Because no one has ever poked fun at people at their local pool.
You’ll have to read the rest of the article for more examples. They’re too numerous and nit picky to even summarize. Suffice to say the author watched the revival with a magnifying glass. The results speak for themselves.
Refinery29.com also called out the pool sequence, “It was startling to hear the lead character on a show that has called itself, and been called, feminist make a crack about someone’s body..”
TheVerge.com doubled down on the show’s “problematic” diversity. It cites a fan who captures stills from the show, both the original series and the reboot, to show how few people of color exist. And how they rarely get screen time.
Later, the site admits the town where the show is set features a microscopically small black population.
It’s the equivalent of the “yeah, but still… ” argument.
If you think this sort of social justice tut-tutting is reserved for new media outlets craving clicks, think again. The Washington Post weighed in with this gem: “Rory’s blindness to her unbelievable privilege.”
Wonder what the creators of hit shows are thinking these days when they consider a reunion project?