Ready to re-watch the Gilmore Girls? You might want to rethink that choice if you love Rory Gilmore.
I loved Gilmore Girls back in the day. From the first episode, I was hooked. I hated Jess (but now LOVE Milo Ventimiglia in This is Us), loved Logan (Matt Czuchry) and Dean (Jared Padalecki), and wanted to be as close with my mom as Rory (Alexis Bledel) was with Lorelei (Lauren Graham). Basically, I wanted to be Rory Gilmore.
How could you not want to be Rory? She was loved by everyone in Stars Hollow and had a kick-ass mom who did anything for her daughter. Aside from being adorable and likable, Rory was smart. So smart that she had to rely on her super-rich grandparents to pay her tuition at a super-elite private school. So smart that she had to struggle with her decision to go to Yale or Harvard. Wait… why were we supposed to feel sorry for her again?
The entire premise of the show is based on the fact that Lorelei grew up as a rich wild-child and didn’t want Rory to do the same. After finding out she’s pregnant, Lorelei moves to Stars Hollow to raise Rory on her own. In so many ways, because of Lorelei’s decision, it seemed that Rory was a rags-to-riches story – except, she wasn’t. It seemed like she had to fight to make her way in life – except, that isn’t true. The more I really think about it, Rory was a whiny, entitled hypocrite and not the scrappy underdog I once believed she was.
Susan Matthews, a science editor for Slate, and a former devotee of Rory Gilmore, discusses her opinions on why Rory was never a good role model to begin with. Her blinders finally came off… are you ready to take yours off too?