The Plastics: Sayonara! Regina George.

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The Plastics: Sayonara! Regina George.

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Coco Standley, Staff Writer

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When I first watched the movie Mean Girls, I kept thinking, “Why would I want to be like any of them? All they do is obsess over themselves, spread rumors, and ruin people’s lives.” More importantly, why would I want to be friends with people like this? The answer? An emphatic, “I don’t.”

The Clapback

gossip | ˈɡäsəp | noun casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true: he became the subject of much local gossip.

Let’s get one thing straight, by definition, if you talk about someone (and it doesn’t matter if it is good or bad,) you are flat out guilty of gossiping. And this, my friends, is how rumors start.

The worst part about it? The “talkers” think they look really cool because they know something. Why on Earth would anyone want to be cool if it makes you look so obnoxious and desperate? This just doesn’t make sense. It’s a classic case of narcissism. They don’t care who they hurt, and which relationships they tear apart, for the sake of self-gratification. To them, it’s all about heightening their social status and trying to stay relevant by sharing info about someone else’s life.

Someone once said, “Power is having information and not using it.” And it’s true. When you slowly peel back the layers of gossip, it’s sad because the seed is planted out of jealousy.

Stay Away from the “A” Group

My mom’s friend says, “Stay away from the ‘A’ group.” Not only is she 100% right, but she’s so cool. She’s so smart, very beautiful, and I’d be a fool not to listen to her. Life is much for fun when you include more people. The more the merrier.

“That’s against the rules and you can’t sit with us.”
Karen, Mean Girls

Why are these matchy-patchies so cruel? I guess they never heard of Karma or Newton’s Third Law. Karma will get you every time. And Newton’s Law is: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Put it this way: what goes around, comes around, and it claps back extra hard.

 

FOMO: Don’t Believe the Hype

I highly recommend this movie to any person feeling like things aren’t getting any better. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real, and can be hurtful, but don’t let it ruin your life. Every day is one step closer to healing.

I’m guilty! Many times, I’ve let my curiosity get the best of me, and I’ll peek over the fence to check out what the “Pops” kids are up to. I’ve noticed it’s a combination of an inflated ego with big-time insecurity and jealousy issues. Plus, the mean ones rarely smile! This gets me in check, and I’m immediately happy exactly where I am, and I stay put. I don’t want to live in a world where it’s only cool to smile when you have a piece of gossip.

But sadly, they don’t care. In their world, they would rather be cruel than be kind for personal gain, so I have a message for them: It’s time to pack up your receipts, put away that Burn Book, and take your clown circus somewhere else. No one is interested in your toxicity. People, we need to lift others up! Don’t preach about friendship drama when you can’t even keep your side of the street drama-free. That’s called hypocrisy.

Kindness is Gangster

For those who have never seen this movie, The Plastics, are a nickname given to a group of superficial girls, who are more interested in gaining clout and popularity than having any real substance. When you think about it, status is not forever, but how you act is what you’ll always be remembered for.

So in the end, you’re going to have ups and downs, encounters with “Plastics” are inevitable, and chances are, more than one Regina George will attempt to ruin your life. But just chalk it up to a bad day when things don’t go right and count on your real friends to lift you up. The movie really does teach a value lesson: DON’T BE A PLASTIC! YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF LATER.

Celebrate who you are, and why you are special. Any true friends worth having won’t tell you what to do, how to act, where to shop, or who you can and cannot be friends with. And they certainly wouldn’t talk behind your back. Not even once. Oh, and remember, once a gossip, always a gossip, so it’s just a matter of time before they turn on you as well.

If you’re going through rough patches in life or school, they aren’t going to last. I promise. Even though each day may seem like it lasts for a billion years.

Don’t lose hope, have faith, and believe. And don’t be afraid to seek help from a teacher or staff member. They are great at deciding how to proceed, and what type of action needs to happen next.

No one wants to feel alone. It’s a horrible feeling. And I’m always here if you need a friend. Just come find me and say, “Hi.”

 

Bye, Felicia! I mean Regina George.

Maybe you are reading this, and you are a Regina George, or think the Plastics are cool, then I wish you a lot of luck because as they say, “The higher you climb, the harder you fall.”