The Gossip Girl reboot scripts are about 85% pop culture references, “woke” buzzwords, and sharp zingers, but one line in a recent episode of the HBO Max series really didn’t sit right with Suki Waterhouse.
On July 29, the model took to Twitter to scold the reboot over a disparaging comment made at her expense. For context: In the third episode of Gossip Girl, Constance Billard’s resident mean girls Monet (Savannah Lee Smith) and Luna (Zión Moreno) are in the throes of trying to salvage the image of queen bee Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander), who recently broke up with her rich boyfriend and seems to be sabotaging her image on social media.
But as any truly talented schemer knows, you always need a backup plan. Just in case Julien continues to go off script, the pair decide to help the competition: Julien’s half-sister, Zoya (Whitney Peak), who just so happens to be dating the Instagrammer’s ex-boyfriend. “Might as well get in with the new world order,” Luna tells Monet over drinks.
Later that episode, which aired on July 22, Luna attempts to school Zoya on the importance of image and style after she and Obie (Eli Brown) are dubbed The Prince and the Popo by a gossip blog. “When are you going to get it?” Luna asks Zoya. “As far as the press is concerned, he’s R-Patz and you’re Suki Nobody.”
Well, as you can imagine, Waterhouse took offense to this comparison. The model, who has been linked to Robert Pattinson since 2018, tweeted about the joke a week later. “Another day to be reminded that women can also be the patriarchy,” Waterhouse tweeted over a screen grab of Monet and Luna proclaiming, “Fuck the patriarchy,” in an earlier scene from the same episode. She also tagged Gossip Girl writer, Lila Feinberg.
“Seeing critiques of the patriarchy and sexism, then I get name-checked as somebody’s nobody girlfriend,” she continued in a second tweet. “Make it make sense.” Both tweets have since been deleted.