How the Gilmore girls Revival (further) Ruined Rory Gilmore’s Character

I know this post, and the additional posts I will probably write is months behind the revival, but let me just jump in now that I’ve taken some time away from watching it and finally reflect on it as I’ve been yearning for.  Also, if I wrote from the get-go, I’d probably be a lot more expressive in a very angry way, ha.

At a young age, I wanted to be like Rory.  I wanted to be a journalist like her, and aspired to go to a university and study something I was passionate about.  I wanted to meet the perfect small-town sweetheart, love the misunderstood teenager, and one day, fall for my college bad-boy.  For a middle schooler, Rory Gilmore was everything I’d want to be like.  It wasn’t until I got older and re-watched the show for the 10th time that I realized maybe Rory wasn’t someone I wanted to be.

As I watched the first few scenes of the revival, seeing Lorelai and Rory together was refreshing, but knowing that 9 years after graduating from Yale, Rory still had no idea where her life was going, wasn’t.  During the original run-through, she knew she wanted.  Sure, she picked Yale over Harvard, but she knew she wanted to be a journalist and never backed down from being a part of a school paper.  

Rory was fierce as a reporter of Chilton’s newspaper, The Franklin, and wrote a beautiful piece on asphalt of all things.  She made her way to editor of the Yale Daily News.  And yet, in her 30’s, she’s somehow lost her drive to write meaningful pieces?  What ever happened to wanting to be a foreign correspondent?  Did it slip away, like her passion for reading?  Rory was known for always carrying a book, and yet in the revival, we never once see her reading, carrying a book, or even mentioning any such detail that was once such a big part of who she was.

There was more to Rory than #TeamDean, #TeamJess, or #TeamLogan, but since that’s all anyone seems to note her character for, let’s get into that as well.  

It was good to see Dean make a brief appearance in the show, as it gave his character more closure than the rest of the cast.  Unlike Rory, he was married (again) and had much moved on from a girl that broke his heart on more than one occasion.  

Meanwhile, Rory had some random boyfriend named Paul, that became a terrible gag of a joke about how forgettable he was to everyone.  Had they been anywhere but Stars Hallow, I’m pretty sure everyone would have forgotten Rory and her dry personality.  

On the side, she was sleeping with an engaged Logan in London, and I was furious at all aspects of that.  First of all, when Rory broke up Dean and Lindsay’s relationship, she had remorse for what she was doing; this second time around, she didn’t seem to have a care in the world for who she was hurting, and she had the audacity to be jealous of Logan’s fiance!  

It was all levels of an all around horrible human-being / homewrecker, and while not surprised by Logan’s actions, I was disappointed where he had ended up.  At the end of season 7, he decides not to follow along with Mitchum Huntzberger’s plan for him; instead of being “shoved” into his future, he decided to move out to Sunnyvale and work for a start-up.  He probably would have been a part of creating Snapchat or Instagram had he done that, and had an avocado tree in his backyard.  Just saying. .  

Jess, momentarily, seemed to be the only one who followed his dreams in writing (and he grew a mustache, which i was not a fan of.)  I always liked Jess, but thought Rory took advantage of his presence in her life.  I still do.  I get that Luke waited for Lorelai for a long time, but to put Jess through that same fate was cruel.  They either should have been together, or he should have completely moved on.  Rory has done nothing but hurt Jess from the get-go, and he was the only one to treat her right and to talk sense in her when nobody else could.  

While I get that in your 30’s, things aren’t always as perfectly planned as everyone hopes it’ll be, I think it’s too unrealistic to think that men from your youth will still be pining for a girl that broke their hearts.  I can’t stand the “full circle” idea that only revealed itself in this revival, and couldn’t stand how Rory seemed to become more immature and entitled than she had ever acted previously (and boy, was she already both of those from the get-go!).

Some fans believe that instead of a #TeamWhoeverGuy, that it was about being on #TeamRory.  I however, strongly disagree.  Rory came from a humbling upbringing, but became more and more spoiled with every passing season.  Someone should have cut her off from the Gilmore trust fund… or did she spend that all on her own from going back and forth to London every other month?  

How does a girl with a trust fund, and I’m sure, money from Richard’s will, run out of money and start couch-hopping?  Everything that made Rory a great character in the early seasons was diminished, and all that was left at the end of the Revival series was a waste of 7 years of development.

If Netflix decides to pick up on additional seasons, my inner Gilmore-loving self will end up watching, but will never be able to admire, or even like Rory Gilmore ever again.




Sexual Assault is Nothing but a Career Step for White Men

And like that, Oscar season is over for the year. To the many winners of the night – congratulations.

Tonight in an act of dramatic irony – very fitting for the event – it was Brie Larson who awarded Casey Affleck his Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea from director Kenneth Lonergan. For those that don’t understand the irony in the situation, allow me to explain: In 2015, Brie Larson starred in Room (from director Lenny Abrahamson and author/writer Emma Donoghue) as Joy Newsome, a young woman held captive for seven years, forced into sexual intercourse with her kidnapper. The film details her character’s journey to normalcy in a world unfamiliar yet empathetic, as does the novel of the same name. Late last year during award season press tour, information resurfaced about two female colleagues working on Affleck’s I’m Still Here film in 2010, who filed to sue Affleck for misconduct while members of the project. In the official complaints by both women, made available to ABC News, one recounts how while sleeping in Affleck and fellow actor Joaquin Phoenix’s (Her) apartment awoke to a drunken Affleck lying right next to her “caressing her back”. When she confronted him he determinedly asked “why?”. When she refused, he reportedly stormed out of the room. The complaints are testimony to all else, like the verbal and sexual harassment endured by Affleck. Fortunately for Affleck, the lawsuits were resolved outside of court almost seven years to date. So you see the irony? A woman who played a rape victim – whose performance was so emotionally remarkable to garner her an Academy Award – to be the one to hand an assaulter an award of any kind, let alone an Academy Award for Best Actor, is belittling to all victims of assault. (Within this I must add what a beautiful humane person Brie Larson is. After Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til It Happens to You” – a song pleading compassion and understanding for all victims of sexual assault, their traumas, and their stories – Brie stood to hug all the victims of sexual assault who had joined Lady Gaga’s performance during the 2016 Oscars.)

My question: Are we going to continue to not hold these men accountable for their actions? Little has been done as in the case of Nate Parker (Birth of a Nation), whose career ended after his past with a rape conviction. And while we can rejoice in the progress, there continues to be support for men like Johnny Depp (with the most recent allegations of physical abuse from his former spouse, Amber Heard), awards for others like Casey Affleck, Woody Allen, and Mel Gibson, to (very unfortunately) name a few.

Nate Parker, an African-American man, was shunned from Hollywood, the Academy Awards themselves, for his past actions; why hasn’t Hollywood reacted the same to the Casey Affleck allegations? Is race the reason? One could strongly assume so. For example, why not upon learning the details of Woody Allen’s incestuous tendencies in 2014 from his own daughter be cause to blacklist the writer? Instead he went on receive and retain his nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the film Blue Jasmine – the film itself receiving a total of 64 nominations from various committees in different categories, he himself receiving 10. Was the letter from the victim herself not enough evidence? Ok. There was audio recording of Mel Gibson verbally harassing his ex-wife in 2010 during a string of phone calls in which he berates her, calls her vile names like “bitch”, “cunt”, “whore”, threatening to beat her not sufficient to acquit the actor-turned-director of any ties to Hollywood? No again. Gibson’s directorial work in Hacksaw Ridge earned him a nomination for Best Director at the Oscars and the Golden Globes (the two worth noting). These men have continued on with their careers, their lives somehow bettering as a result from assault allegations, and they can proudly thank their white privilege for these opportunities. As it turns out, we are a long way from progress.

But I am certain progress is coming. Whether it be in the form of a frosty-solid composure, an open letter, various 140-character tweets, as is true for Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu. More and more people are fighting for women’s rights, just peep the attendees at last month’s Women’s March. We will rally behind the victims, and no matter who your brother is Casey Affleck, you will not stand a chance. Our voices will be heard.