“Close, genuine female relationships are not what generally gets depicted in movies and TV shows. Like, if you’re watching The Hills or 90210, all the backstabbing shapes the way we act – you go to school, and you think your job is to find a sworn enemy and be jealous of each other. I mean, I love Blake [Lively]; she’s a wonderful friend of mine, but shows like Gossip Girl kind of condition us to be mean.” -America Ferrera
“Young girls shouldn’t do what we’re doing on the show. Young women shouldn’t follow the crowd. I’ve learned that this is the best way to get ahead.” - Leighton Meester on why ‘Gossip Girl’ is a bad influence on young girls
I sometimes wonder why actresses put up with bad writing, compromising their character’s worth, and the stories they convey. Maybe it is just for the money and fame, but it’s beyond me how shows like this use said actresses to twist the perceptions of younger viewers, of what they should be doing at their age, and how they should examine themselves in relation to their respective social settings.
Obviously some of the actresses actually put some thought into the effects of the show on their audience, but why not alter the course of their character’s development, and rise to the opportunity to influence younger viewers in a way of self-empowerment and confidence?
The fact that the writers on this show are for an abusive and dysfunctional relationship, is really sending very distinct, sharp-shooting messages for young men and women out there, in regards to romantic relationships.
“To be in a position, at my age, where I am financially independent, I can help develop things, I can promote stuff that I believe in, I can say no a lot and spend time writing — that is a gift. I’m also exploring projects that interest me outside the film industry.” - Ellen Page
Yes, maybe I am critical of actors/actresses from superficial films, and shows. But I inherently believe — and cannot stress enough — that acting shouldn’t be kept shallow and void, and each member of this art form should have social causes, and purposeful motives that express stories that are relevant for the betterment of today’s society, and culture.