amensisterfriend May 19, 2015 Author Share May 19, 2015 I guess I can understand that on some level, but Rory missing Lorelai's graduation really wasn't Jess's fault in any way, shape or form. It's not even like he tried to persuade her to stay in the city longer than she had intended. (Though even if he had and Rory had acquiesced, that would be on Rory, not on Jess.) I think maybe since Rory is sometimes kind of passive and washy-washy, people tend to blame the stronger personalities in her life---Lorelai, Emily, Jess, Logan, even Paris, etc.---for Rory's own questionable choices and missteps. And, trust me, as someone who's lived in NYC for most of my life---transportation delays happen no matter how carefully you try to guard against them! The other thing Jess was most blamed for that really bugs me is the car accident...emphasis on ACCIDENT. He wasn't drinking or even speeding at the time. It was the sort of accident that can and does happen to most drivers at some point, and the town's subsequent vilification of him was so wildly over the top even by typically exaggerated GG standards. There's so much for which Jess could be legitimately faulted---why act like he's a soulless sociopath over a minor car accident?! I guess maybe it was just to show that once we relegate people to the role of 'bad guy', we can always find ample justifications for keeping someone in that box and claiming that he's living down to our expectations of him. (Conversely, Rory was the firmly ensconced 'good girl' in SH who could do no wrong!) As much as I like Rory/Jess, I'm very quick to point out the flaws in him and in their relationship---I just don't see the incidents I mentioned above as indicative of them at all! 5 Link to comment
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