If you’ve ever scrolled through Netflix, you probably noticed that all of its shows and movies have brief descriptions. For example, the description for The Princess Switch is: “Stacy makes delicious confections. Her look-alike has royal connections. Swapping lives gives both a taste of what they’re missing.” Pretty standard right? Well, the Gossip Girl description is shady af, but also appropriately shady.
The Netflix description for Gossip Girl is: “Rich, unreasonably attractive private school students do horrible, scandalous things to each other. Repeatedly.” For comparison, here’s the Gossip Girl synopsis on IMDB, which is always very PR-friendly: “Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching.”
Lane Moore noticed the savage Gossip Girl logline and shared it on Twitter where it went viral.
Thought the description is a tad salty, it’s not wrong.
Netflix’s response to the viral tweet is even better.
Here’s the thing, Gossip Girl was a show about attractive teens doing horrible things to one another. In no particular order, here are some of those things:
- Serena van der Woodsen was drugged (twice) by two different women.
- Dan Humphries wrote a tell-all book about his friend’s lives without asking their permission.
- Dan and Serena both slept with their teachers, but only Dan slut-shamed Serena for it.
- Everyone cheated on everyone, all the time, always.
- Dan spread STD rumors about his ex-girlfriend and supposed “best friend” Serena.
- Blair Waldorf told the Dean of Admissions at Yale that Serena was a murderer.
In many ways, that Netflix description is the only description that would suffice. Thanks for keeping it 100% real, anonymous logline writer.