Where “Gilmore Girls” leads, its devoted fanbase will follow — unless we’re being led to racist depictions of characters.
As a quintessentially feel-good show from an earlier era of television, “Gilmore Girls” managed to escape a lot of the criticism some of its characters would undoubtedly draw today. Don't get us wrong — we realize "Gilmore" was the product of a different time, and love it nonetheless — but Stars Hollow, Connecticut, isn't exactly noted for its diversity. Not only is it notably devoid of people of color (with the exception of Michel and a few nameless extras), for instance, but one of its main non-white characters, Mrs. Kim, has come under fire for being an Asian caricature. That doesn’t exactly do much to improve the show’s inclusivity track record.
While at the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in
Connecticut this weekend, Revelist had the opportunity to chat with Keiko Agena
(“Lane Kim") about her "mixed" take on the show's depiction of
Korean-American culture — and what that means for the future of Stars Hollow.
And as far as the future of diversity in Stars Hollow goes, Agena said ...
"... If you were to make 'Gilmore Girls' in 2016 — which we sorta did? — but if you were to make a new show like that, perhaps it would be different," she said.
Agena's diplomatic answer doesn't reveal too much about the revival, which cast members were forbidden from speaking about at the fan festival. But Netflix did make a point to show Lane, Mrs. Kim, and Rory seemingly manning a Korean booth at a Stars Hollow festival in one of the handful of new photos they recently released (plus, a photo of a Town Hall meeting with more than one Black attendee!).
Could this mean the town — and the show's creators — have now embraced Korean culture as more than a punchline? We'll have to wait until the November 25th premiere to find out.