Some people are like, “Oh, stereotypical accent!” An accent is an accent. If there were jokes written about the accent, then that would certainly be harmful. But there aren’t jokes written about it. It’s not even talked about. It’s just a fact of life: immigrants have accents. Making the choice to have that is a way of not watering down the character and making it politically correct. It’s choosing authenticity over safety, and I think that’s bold. The people who are going to laugh at the alleged stereotypes are the same people who are going to laugh at their Chinese waiter in the restaurant next door for very coarse, uneducated reasons.
OK but like I absolutely love the scene in Gilmore Girls season 3 where Paris shows up to her speech all bedraggled and we learn it’s because she didn’t get accepted to Harvard.
She’s worked so hard and as she points out, she’s given 4 years of her life basically dedicated to school above all else, exhausting herself over this dream. And then she doesn’t get in and even though there are tons of other schools she could go to she just gives up because she feels like she’s failed her whole purpose. And with Paris we know she doesn’t have much outside of her school and career related ambitions - her family is unsupportive and barely there, she never made any real friends in high school other than Rory - so this really is her whole life falling apart around her.
Plus, there’s this whole theme that girls everywhere struggle with in terms of sexuality. Even though it’s obviously not related, and she’s been told by several people that it’s OK, societal pressures are so present that Paris and all young girls feel like there’s something wrong about being sexual, that they should be ashamed of it. She calls herself a slut and links that to her problems, which is so sad and shouldn’t happen, but is such an honest reaction for a teenage girl in American society. She feels guilty about that, and guilty that she didn’t get into her favorite school, and of course she attributes the two to each other because she’s just so sad and feels like she’s failed.
Plus??? The acting is so great and so genuine and when I see Paris cry I want to cry too, the emotion really translates on screen and I really feel her struggle. For some reason this scene really hit me, it was so honest in its display of emotion and a very realistic portrayal of the feelings and struggles of a teenage girl. A+ Gilmore Girls, A+.