Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the iconic teen movie “Mean Girls” (roughly based off of my hometown Evanston) and to celebrate, I wanted to spotlight some of my favorite moments. I don’t know about you, but I quote this film at least once a week because it is so applicable to life at ALL times. I like to think of ‘Mean Girls’ as this generation’s shadier version of ‘Clueless’ (minus having a fly black girl as one of the leads.) Whether you’re trying to give someone praise or put them in their place, “Mean Girls” has provided us with a catalog of content that will forever be relevant. But the truth of the matter is, “Mean Girls” was what life was like before doing it for the Vine, ‘Gram and ‘Book became cool. These chicks created a BURN books to not only throw shade, but drag people too! And while it is never nice to spread rumors about people, this movie reminded us that none of us are perfect — especially in high school.
Without further adieu, here are five life lessons we can all learn from ‘Mean Girls’ – enjoy!
1. “She doesn’t even go here.” — You ever have those people that try to join the kumbaya circle of feelings knowing good and well they have no business even being near it? This is when you can call their bluff. People love to have comments on things that don’t concern them when the truth of the matter is, you’re all in the Kool-aid and don’t know the flavor. “I just have a lot of feelings!” Oh. Okay. 😒
2. “Four for you Glen Coco — you go Glen Coco!” — We all know that Glen didn’t even care about receiving those holiday grams, but Gretchen sure was pressed and salty when she didn’t receive any! This particular moment in the movie demonstrates that we shouldn’t need validation for every move we make in life. Yes, we live in the era of who can get the most likes, shares and double-taps, but Glen Coco’s cool response let’s us further know that we should be our own biggest fan. You go Glen Coco!
3. “Oh my God Karen, you can’t just ask people why they are white!” — Or Black, Latino, Asian or of mixed race. I know Karen was clearly confused as to why Cady was white and from Africa, but there have been too many times I’ve seen this same scenario play out in real life. First of all, it’s rude; and secondly, if that individual didn’t explicitly say their nationality or race, you have no business asking! End if discussion.
4. “Irregardless, ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean that’s just like the rules of feminism!” — Gretchen totally used the word ‘regardless’ incorrectly, but the truth of the matter is girl code does exist, and if you violate it you’re bound to get called out. Trust me, I’ve had to pull a few ladies to the side in my day to give them a quick refresher on what is and is not acceptable. You’re making the world a better place when you do.
5. “You can’t sit with us.” — By far, my favorite line of the entire film. Women (and some men) have the tendency to be very protective of their circle of friends. I’m not saying to join team #NoNewFriends, but just be mindful of who you associate yourself with. It helps to also be tactful when you are informing someone that they ‘can’t sit with you’, and give valid reason for your decision too.
What are some of your favorite moments from ‘Mean Girls’? Sound off in the comments below, or tweet me!
Because you’ve got to stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen,