Happy Spirit Day, everyone! If you’re not wearing purple today, you can still show your support for bullied victims and LGBT youth in all sorts of other ways (visit GLAAD.org for some ideas). We decided to mark this occasion with a look back at the meanest and cruelest bullies of pop culture who got their glorious comeuppance before our very eyes. From Heathers and Back to the Future to Pretty Little Liars and Glee, watching the likes of Heather and Biff get put in their place has made us feel much better about our own torturers. Maybe they even made a few real-life bullies think twice about what they were doing. We hope so!
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So the news from this morning that Bravo is planning to make a TV series sequel to the 1989 cult classic Heathers is being met with a whole lot of skepticism. The story’s supposed to pick up 20 years later when Veronica (Winona Ryder’s character) moves back to town with her daughter, who has to deal with “the Ashleys,” who happen to be the daughters of Heather Duke and Heather McNamara. It is hard not to picture this as messing with a classic. But we want to reserve judgment. After all, it could be the next Awkward.! And anyway, we should be happy today, at least, since this news means we can revel in some Heathers nostalgia! Everywhere we’ve looked, bloggers have been uttering our favorite quotes, from “F— me gently with a chainsaw” to “What is your damage?” I am now kicking myself for losing my list of the movie’s best lines, which I wrote down during the Christian Slater movie marathon I hosted at my house in 1991.
As it turns out, looking up quotes from the movie is way more fun that catching up with Ryder, Slater, Shannen Doherty and company, because now that we look back, this was the best work of their careers. Here’s what everyone’s been up to…
It’s kind of all the rage to fight bullying these days — Lady Gaga, Glee, Demi Lovato, Ian Somerhalder — all our faves are taking on the mission. So is best-selling YA author Susane Colasanti, with her newest novel, Keep Holding On, about a girl who’s sick of being ostracized for being poor and stands up to her tormentors. Colasanti herself was once a bullied teen, and she, like some of us, remembers that pop culture’s battle against mean guys and girls is nothing new. Back in the day, there was a fair share of books, TV shows and movies that dealt with bullying. Here, she shares her top 5 favorites:
I was obsessed with both the book (by S.E. Hinton) and the movie in junior high. You would not have wanted to watch the movie with me. I was that annoying person who said every line of dialogue along with the characters. I slept with the book under my pillow, wishing for some sort of osmosis to transmit its magic into my brain so I could write a teen novel one day that would help readers the way that book helped me. How the greasers were always taunted by the Socs made my heart hurt. Ponyboy was my favorite character. I loved how he was into sunsets and colors and things. He hated how the Socs felt entitled to harass the greasers, especially since they were all just kids. Ponyboy summed it up best when he asked Cherry if she could see the sunset from the Southside very good. She told him she could. “You can see it from the Northside, too,” Ponyboy said.
The quintessential portrayal of a Pretty Perfect Popular girl clique. The clique includes three girls named Heather (Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker) who rule the school. These Heathers are some seriously cruel beyotches. The fourth girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder), wants the Heathers to chill. When Veronica and boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) expose their shallowness and insecurities, the consequences shatter their whole world. Read more…