This morning, I woke up and immediately do what i do every morning. I log into my laptop and look up all that is going on in the world. I saw Molly Ringwald was trending,so I looked her up in a google search and i wanted to see exactly why she was trending. She had wrote an essay for the New Yorker about the two biggest movies that brought her fame. Sixtenn Candles,and the breakfast Club. Here is the link so you all can read for yourselves. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/what-about-the-breakfast-club-molly-ringwald-metoo-john-hughes-pretty-in-pink?mbid=social_twitter
Now I did read it,and i disagree with some of mollys points. In the essay she has decided to go back and look at some of the movies that made her famous and she now says that some moments are problematic to her in the #metoo campaign. Now, I will say she does bring up some good points like how Bender treats her character Claire like shit,and ends up with him in the end. now on paper that does look bad,but if you remember one of Benders biggest problems is that he lives with a father,who abuses,and berates him. It is not that shocking that Bender will turn out the kindest respectful gum that most parents want dating their daughter. Another thing I think Molly forgets is that her character Claire is no walk in the park either. She is rude,privileged,and looks down at other people. Molly also says that she has a problem with the lack of minorities in the film,and how the word fag is used allot.
To her credit,she still believes John Hughes was a brilliant director,and that the breakfast Club really does mean allot to teens of that generation and today,and that it feels weird looking back and judging something that meant allot to her and a whole generation.
Now the one thing that bothers me the most about this is how Molly and allot of other people who agreed 100% with the essay do not look at the big picture.It is so easy to judge something from ten,twenty,thirty years ago and judge those things by the lens of today. I think it counter productive and unfair. Yes,the us eof the word fag mad eme feel uneasy when I first watched the Breakfast Club,and yes the fact that there were not that many minorities in the movie raised some eyebrows. However, the older I got I realized I had to look at the big picture. The reason John Hughes movies are iconic,and still get praise today is because they are honest. Yes Bender was a jerk in the Breakfast Club,but there is a reason why he acted that way. Yes,the word fag is used around allot,but in the 80s that word was use din virtually every high school. The films of john Hughes do not sugar coat the teen experience like other films did. It shows the good,the bad,and the downright ugly. The same with Friends which allot of millennials have a problem with now. Yea,some of the jokes do not age well,and how the characters treat certain things such as lgbt rights,and obesity can be looked at as troubling. But,the show came out in the early 90s. Progress does not happen over night. Sometimes you need ignorance on the tv screen,to et people to think. Again, Friends was popular because it was honest. When Joey had a problem with his dad becoming transgender,he was honest. It may seem insensitive now,but again progress has to start somewhere. That is what I think disappoints me most about social media,and the people who like to call for certain movies to be banned,or certain tv shows to no be showed in reruns. It is so easy to look at something thirty years ago,and cry about how it was racist,sexiest,homophobic,and every other phobic. However, maybe we need to look at the bigger picture,and understand what the audience thirty years ago was like before we start pointing judgmental fingers. As for Molly I did love her essay,and she is an amazing writer. I just wished she had looked at the big picture all the way around.