After Easter, I kept mostly offline, just enjoying my time 🙂 Then I went into a brief rabbit hole of The Breakfast Club (1985) YouTube clips 😁 It’s such a cute, guilty-pleasure kind of movie for me, and I hadn’t seen it in a while!
I purchased it on Amazon, and was delighted to see a recent interview with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy on YouTube.
Molly spoke about the movie still having relevance and connecting with audiences. It was such a fun interview! That is, until Molly sighed deeply and said, “But it was soooooo white.”
My good mood crashed and my smile faded. It was… “so white”?
I mean, I’m Puerto Rican and I loved the movie. I could relate most with Emilio Estevez’s character, Andrew Clark– because of all the crippling pressure his father was putting on him. I will always remember his monologue scene, which was quite amazing. I actually relate most to Andrew, even though he was playing a jock, and I was a huge nerd in school. Oh, and he’s a guy.
Let’s say they wanted less “white” actors and threw in a Puerto Rican. (We have more actresses than J-Lo…) What would have changed in the story? What’s a “Puerto Rican” problem as opposed to a “white” problem?
I returned the movie on Amazon and got a refund. It just kinda killed my mood. Broke my heart, really.
Issues I encountered in high school:
* Feeling like a social outcast.
* Parental pressure to succeed at all costs.
* That crush that didn’t know I existed.
* Fear and stress about colleges and the future.
* Acne. So… much acne!
* Trying to figure out who I was and how I belonged in the world.
☝️ Are we all that different, you and I?
안녕! Bye! Ciao!