Gossip Girl is the it-series of the 2000s. It rocked the adolescence of some, and Serena, Blair, Dan, Chuck and Nate were downright icons of the time. But for members of the Parents Television Council, a group ensuring that indecent images are not broadcast in the United States, this series was “every parent’s nightmare”. Obviously, this was also the case for Leighton Meester (Blair) and Penn Badgley (Dan), who confided in the sex scenes.
Problematic sex scenes in Gossip Girl?
gossip girl depicts the life of the golden youth of Upper East High in New York, with teenagers behaving like adults. This point has also greatly embarrassed Leighton Meester, the interpreter of Blair Waldorfwho, looking back, finds it very odd that the sex lives of 16-year-olds are so depraved and hyped up.
It is in the Podcrushed podcast, hosted by Penn Badgley, that the actress confided. “I was 20 at the time, I was shooting scenes not only of sex, but also of sexual fantasies. And in a bed with someone. We were 20. So in the eyes of those watching , and especially 16-year-old girls, I was playing a 16-year-old teenager. They thought that was what a 16-year-old teenager should look like. They were watching a 16-year-old girl having sex and wearing lingerie, and showing off her body… when in reality, she wasn’t a 16 year old girl. She was a 20 year old girl.”
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A youth not so golden as that in Gossip Girl
When you think about it, showing 16-year-old teenagers who are always perfectly hair-dressed, dressed, with a build that meets the standards of the time, who drink martinis and scotch all the time, and who have such highly developed sexual relations, this is no doesn’t really feel good. The interpreter of Dan Humphrey adds: “If we had put young people of 15 or 16 years in these series and films for teenagers, we would all be shocked. It would not be neither funny nor sexy.” Gossip Girl is therefore really not a good example for young people.
The two actors are not the only ones to raise problems in Gossip Girl. Blake Lively, the interpreter of Serena Van der Woodsen, told Allure in 2015 that she was not very proud to play a 16-year-old girl who takes cocaine, who pushes someone to overdose and who is sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend. Chace Crawford, aka Nate Archibald, had bluntly explained that he lost his dignity “somewhere between season 2 and season 3”.
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