It’s no secret that times have changed since we were in the 1990s. With technology more advanced than ever before, we’re able to do more from our phones and our homes. Additionally, we’re living in a day and age where being politically correct is more important than being funny. Back in the ’90s, people would crack jokes without any fear of being called out or questioned. Now, with social media giving people the ability to post things in-real-time, people have to be extra careful with what they say and what they do.
Recently, BuzzFeed asked their users to share what classic teen movies from the 1990s would seem problematic today—and, most of these issues will definitely make you say: “Oh, I never realized how offensive that is.”
That scene in Cruel Intentions where the two girls kiss to “practice”. It’s so obvious it’s to…interest the straight male audience. It’s very very gross and obviously is meant to sexualize queer women (or encounters between women). If it came out in 2019, there would be outrage.
In Bring It On when male cheerleader Jan is holding up Courtney at a football game, and while he’s holding her up for the cheer he puts his hand under her skirt and grabs her ass. What school would watch this happen now and do absolutely nothing?
In the movie the Surfer King, teenage boys turn up a wave machine in order to make a girl’s bikini bottoms fall off and totally humiliate her. Thinking of that scene makes me feel sick.
Everything about Sixteen Candles. The dude gives another guy PERMISSION to rape his drunk girlfriend!
Having no faculty adviser or coach for a NATIONALLY RANKED CHEER SQUAD in Bring it On. They went all the way to Daytona Beach with no chaperones. There is no way in hell this group of minors would be allowed to travel outside of their school, let alone across the fucking country, for a cheer competition.
In The Breakfast Club, Bender basically sexually harasses and assaults Claire the whole movie, and, eventually, she just gives in and gets with him. This would NOT fly in 2019.
UM HOW IN CLUELESS CHER FALLS IN LOVE WITH HER STEP BROTHER AND EVERYONE WAS OK WITH IT.
My friend loves The Notebook. Loves it. Says it’s her favorite movie. I had never seen it and somehow managed to go all of my 23 years without knowing the plot. So on our last movie night, I watched it with her and another friend. Girl. Running onto a moving ferris wheel and dangling from it for a date, lying in the streets at night with said guy, and on sight obsession, are red flags in 2019! Is it cute and a good movie? Sure! Is Noah problematic? Hella.
what about the scene in The Breakfast Club when Bender sticks his head under Claire’s skirt?
The entire Johnny/Baby relationship in Dirty Dancing. He was what, 30, and she had just graduated high school. No one in the whole movie was mad about the age difference, just that he was poor. Today, people would be raising hell over that.
Fat shaming, in almost every teen movie, when you’re fat you get mistreated, a social outcast, and when ever they had a glint of self esteem some skinny bitch walking around the corner making her feel like shit.
Minorities are just on the outskirts serving as ornamental to show that they are filling the quote of having the token in there but having no impact. And most of those movie have black males in there so the white people can point out how afraid they are of them they are.
In American Pie, Jim broadcasts his sexual encounter with Nadia over the Internet without her knowledge.
The whole premise in Superbad where Jonah Hill’s character wants to get alcohol is so he can get Emma Stone’s character drunk enough to have sex with him. Granted, he planned on getting way too drunk as well so in his own weird way it wouldn’t be rape, to him. It always felt super inappropriate and creepy to me.
In the Princess Diaries I hate how much they change Mia so she can be an “acceptable” princess. I understand teaching her manners, and etiquette and learning the languages and customs of other countries she will be dealing with. But why does it matter if she has glasses? Or curly hair? A princess should be able to look like anything!
In Drive Me Crazy, the one girl only became popular after being bulimic and losing weight.
The scene in Liar Liar when Jim Carrey is forced into sex with his boss right after being groped by a client! I honestly could not believe what I was seeing when I rewatched it recently.