The ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Forgot How To Be a Bitch


'Years ago', writes film critic Philippa Snow, 'a girl reached out to me on Facebook to apologise for being a bitch to me when we were sixteen and at school. "I was really awful," she informed me, "and I wanted to say sorry!" This surprised me, given that I could not actually remember our having exchanged a single word at all. She was popular – expensive-looking in the same way as a Tiffany heart necklace or a pair of ballet pumps from Tory Burch – and I was not, making us as unlikely to socialise as a hyena and a very tall and beautiful giraffe. If I ever thought of her, it was with the indifferent, distant curiosity I might have otherwise reserved for, say, a minor character on a TV show. Her apology a decade later, presumably meant to clear her guilty conscience, ended up achieving nothing but my irritation. What convinced her I would welcome this level of condescension? More importantly: just who the hell did this girl think she was?'

'The 2021 reboot of Gossip Girl (2007-12) – a TV show about filthy-rich kids at an Upper East Side private school being spied on, then reported on, by an anonymous blogger – turns out to be the equivalent of the original run of Gossip Girl apologising for being a total bitch when you were sixteen and in high school...'

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