I used to love this show. I found it to be awesome and funny and sad and heartwarming all at the same time. However, I have recently started re-watching it from season one, and I’m up to mid season six. And I’m seriously disturbed.
The amount of racism, sizeism and misogyny contained in each episode is disgusting. It’s not there to highlight how wrong society is, it’s not played out by characters we’re meant to hate. It’s all there by characters we’re supposed to love. And we’re supposed to find it funny. most people probably do find it funny. Why?? This is a show that could have been awesomely feminist and groundbreaking. It’s not. Not even close.
And, to top of this toxic cocktail of hatred, most of the men in relationships display traits common of abusers. Why on earth would the writers, producers and directors display such traits in men we’re supposed to like?? Luke is downright scary in the way he talks to Lorelai when they fight. Zach’s Giant Baby act and his psychotic jealousy are all dangerous warning signs, but we’re expected to cheer when he proposes.
Why do showmakers find it so hard to throw the misogyny out the window when creating these shows?
I used to think feminism ruined entertainment for me. Now I wonder why on earth shows are made that insult, degrade and demean such a large portion of the population, and why the powers that be are ruining entertainment for me.
Next time: Grey’s Anatomy.. don’t even get me started…