Wednesday, April 24, 2013

GOSSIP GIRL: How to Blackmail a Nymphet?

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                                             Gossip Girl: How to Blackmail a Nymphet? 

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets about how age-discrepant relationships between students and [English] teachers on teen television shows are usually portrayed in one or maybe two episodes; however, that wasn't the case with Gossip Girl.  The age-discrepant relationships between the sexually aggressive nymphet Serena (Blake Lively) and her various mentors, teachers and professors extended across the six seasons of the show that was called, “Mind-blowingly inappropriate.” by the Parents Television Council, “Very bad for you." by the San Diego Union-Tribune, and “A nasty piece of work.” by the New York Post.   

In the Gossip Girl clip below, Blair (Leighton Meester) blackmailed representatives from the five most powerful private high schools in Manhattan into attending her fashion show to give it some credence. And what did she blackmail the girls from Constance Billard School for Girls, Dobbs, The Brearley School, Chapin, and The Spence School with to comply with her demand. She threatened to have a representative from The Nightingale-Bamford School, “… reveal your affair with your drama teacher. Your Latin teacher. Your father’s business partner.” It appears that the Boston Herald was correct in calling the show “Every parent’s nightmare.”

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