Everyone Hates The New "Heathers" TV Show Already And It Hasn't Even Aired Yet

22 January 2018, 16:15 | Updated: 22 January 2018, 16:18

By Katie Louise Smith

"I can’t stop thinking about how someone green lit a “heathers but the minorities are the sh*tty kids” show in 2018."

In case you missed it, the trailer for the brand new Heathers TV show reboot dropped last week... and eeeeeveryone seems to hate it already for one pretty problematic reason.

In the iconic original Winona Ryder-led film of 1988, the Heathers were a bunch of privileged white girls who act like the evil dictators at the school. They were the original Mean Girls. Whatever they say or do, goes. Whatever they wear, is what's in. Whatever they say has the power to make you or absolutely break you.

But in this remake of the classic, the Heathers are comprised of marginalised minorities... which many are calling problematic to say the least.

The show is clearly attempting to flip the stereotype that the only popular girls in school are all cis and white. At the end of the day, the message of Heathers is that everyone is capable of doing bad things, no matter who you are.

In the original movie, JD is the one true villain but to some extent, the Heathers are villains too. And by turning the Heathers - who are still powerful, shitty, condescending, judgemental bullies at their core - into the same minorities that are still targeted in real life at schools in 2018, people think that the show (whether it intended to or not) is giving off the wrong message.

Basically, everyone just hates it already.

Jason Micallef, the series showrunner, has defended the show's flipped narrative and explained it all in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“The main thing to really take away is I don’t view the Heathers as the villains,” Micallef told EW. “The three Heathers are incredibly powerful and ruling the school; they’re the people you would want to be. In the original film, the Heathers were the ones I always loved, and it’s the same with the series. The Heathers are the aspirational characters. [That the Heathers are the villains is] the underlying thesis of the small segment of people that have an issue with it. The villain is J.D. — and that’s the same in the movie and same in our show.”

“The reason I changed the Heathers surface identities is I think today [the characterization] rings true," he continued. "Today, all different types of people are more aspirational. People that wouldn’t have necessarily been considered the most popular kids in school in 1988 could very well be — and probably most likely are — the more popular kids today."

So, there you have it. In the meantime, we'll be sitting here dreaming about the REAL Heathers remake that we all need and deserve.


Heathers premieres March 7 at 10 p.m. on Paramount.