5 things we realized after watching the Gossip Girl reboot.
Gossip Girl here, just kidding. 🤫
Loved by many, and hated by many as well, the first part of the long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot released in July will pause until November. What comes next?
Something we've learned in the social media era is that there's no such thing as bad publicity, and without taking expert criticism into consideration, it seems the audience has split into 2 groups. The millennials who didn't like the changes in their fave teen tv show, and the zeners who loved the outfits and the cast, but no longer accept certain narratives.
We go with the gen z on this one, because we definitely love seeing more diverse characters, and Julien Calloway's leather overcoat has become our religion, but here are 5 other things we realized after watching the GG reboot.
1. Gossip girl but Gossip boys.
Although the main story focuses on the relationship between sisters Julien Calloway and Zoya Lott, this version seems to be much more about the guys. Evan Mock's Aki Menzies is discovering his bisexuality amid a troubled relationship with both his girlfriend and family. "Luckily" for him, Max Wolfe, Thomas Doherty's character, is very well resolved and helps him explore that side as he faces his parents' divorce. Many compare him to Chuck Bass, which is unfair because Wolfe knows what consent is. And of course, there's Obie Bergmann IV — yes, he's royalty — who, when not being fought over by sisters, is involved in some social cause. Sorry for being rich?
2. Time was good for the style.
Let's be honest, girls matching tiaras and wearing the same as their "queen-b," and guys wearing casual suits was already weird in 2007. In the reboot, in addition to new designers and athleisure combinations, the style influence of social media is very strong. The flat shoes are gone and have given way to leather boots by Fendi, Dr. Martens, and Rag & Bone. High heels just for party time, at school Balenciaga, Adidas x Beyoncé Superstar, and Fila sneakers.
Dresses with bows and ruffles are in the past, this is the era of bomber jackets like YSL's, leather mini dresses by Zeynep Arcay, joggers by Dior, and Loewe is the new high-standard of the high-standard.
3. Diversity is not a magic word.
When the cast was announced, it was like an ideal fresh start for a series that was already dated. The original GG had something like 3 non-white people in the entire cast, none in featured roles, and the only gay character just appeared to be troublesome.
But diversity is not simply putting these actors out there and repeating stereotypes. The reboot received criticism for placing the characters Monet De Haan and Luna La, about whom we know nothing, as faithful followers of Julien Calloway. Relating bisexuality with cheating wasn't very pro-LGBTQI+ on the screenwriters' part either.
4. Fighting over guys doesn't work in 2021.
Oh yes, there's that. Julien and Zoya, sisters, fighting over Obie. Guys, it's 2021.
5. Second chance in the second part.
The first season is not over yet, we don't know the reason for the hiatus — maybe sanitary measures — but the series returns in November. It's worth remembering that the original GG's Thanksgiving episodes were full of secrets revealed, twists, and little food. The screenwriters have promised to pay more attention to the characters we still haven't got to know so well.
We're going to give it a second chance, what about you?
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