Monday, August 9, 2010

The WB and Planned Parenthood


I LOVE Gilmore Girls. I love the fast paced dialogue and obscure pop culture references above all. I've never really seen Rory and Lorelei as progressive at least not any more so than other T.V. show characters, although maybe I didn't see them that way because I didn't want to. However, a couple months ago I watched an episode from a couple years ago for a second time and noticed something I didn't see before. In a scene in Rory's college dorm room there was a prominently displayed poster that said, "Stop the war on Choice" in large letters then in smaller letters underneath it said, "Planned Parenthood". This really caught me off guard. I know it seems small, but it totally changed my idea about who this character of Rory was. Then, in an attempt to redeem her in my opinion, I wondered if maybe it was just the set decorator trying to make a statement and I forgot about it. That was until yesterday when I saw that Season 1 of Veronica Mars was available to watch online on Netflix and I thought, "Huh, I've never seen this before, but I've heard a lot about it, why not give it a try." I only got two episodes in when I noticed a scene in the high school girl's bathroom where there is one big red and white poster on the wall, it reads, "Stand up for Choice!" in large letters and underneath, "Planned Parenthood." I started thinking and realized both episodes aired in the fall of 2004 and now I'm curious if is really is a coincidence or not. I sort of understood it in a college dorm room, but what high school is going to put political messages on their bathroom walls? I watched very few WB shows then so I don't know if this occurred in other shows and I couldn't find anything on the internet about a partnership between the two companies. Maybe I was right the first time, maybe it's just a random set decorator wanting to be edgy, but somehow I don't think so. I would bet that similar messages appear in other WB shows that aired around the same time. Just in time for the November elections. Just saying...

UPDATE: Apparently the Stand up for Choice campaign was in fact begun to help elect John Kerry in 2004.

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