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The "Gilmore Girls" revival was full of everything we expected it to be — obscure pop culture references, junk food, Rory being a kinda terrible human — and at least one thing we definitely didn't see coming: a poolside scene that existed pretty much for the sole purpose of letting Lorelai and Rory fat-shame. 

In Episode 3, "Summer," the mom/daughter duo hit the Stars Hollow public pool to catch up on some R&R (reading and relaxing). Dan Palladino, who's credited as writing that episode, sat the girls by the pool to set them up for body-shaming jokes, calling out two gentleman for their size by saying "belly alert" and addressing another as "fat" instead of "Pat."

And "Gilmore Girls" fans were smart enough to call them out on it.

Discontent with the episode's poolside fat-shaming started pouring in as soon as the revival aired on Friday (November 25).

It didn't take long for viewers to begin calling out the show's creators for the scene, slamming it as "cringe worthy" and "gross."

Some pointed out the hypocrisy in having the Gilmores — world-class junk food eaters — ogle over another person's weight.

Because having two naturally thin, yet famously unhealthy, characters cast judgement felt extra cruel.

"Gilmore Girls" was never perfectly inclusive, of course, but there had been examples of body positivity on the show. To some, that made this scene all the more a "bummer."

For many fans, the fact that Melissa McCathy's character, Sookie's, weight was never turned into a plot line or even referenced felt strongly body positive. Babette and Miss Patty, too, were both plus-sized characters who were never shamed for their size. 

Sneakier instances of fat-shaming did occur — like in Season 4, when Rory included a ballerina's body in her criticism of a show for the Yale Daily News. 

 But for the most part, the positive treatment of main characters' larger bodies seemed to outweigh the comparatively fewer negatives. Post-revival, though, that's no longer the case.

Some viewers were amazed by how blatant the shaming was.

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This Twitter user said the scene reminded her of a sad truth about feminism.

And others marveled that it was deemed a worthwhile use of time in the first place.

The revival might have amped up inclusivity in one regard, but as far as body positivity is concerned, "A Year in the Life" took major steps backwards.

One thing's for sure — if we are, indeed, going to see yet more "Gilmore Girls" episodes in the future, the gratuitous fat-shaming had better not be part of the deal.

Hear that, Palladinos? Good.