I may be completely missing the boat on the whole Gossip Girl thing. I hear folks describe it as a guilty pleasure, full of wit, and trashy fun. I just don’t see it. Maybe I’m taking Josh Schwarz’s teensploitation soap a little too seriously. It’s Dynasty for today’s teen set, rich people looking good while behaving badly. The kind of night time escapism that will never go out of style. The plotlines are practically beside the point—endless revenge, back-stabbing, and hooking up—with viewers needing a scorecard to keep up with the shenanigans. As I said in my review of season one, “maybe watching lily white, privileged teens cavort and struggle doesn’t do it for me.”

It’s easy to grant that some people are disadvantaged, but more difficult to admit that some people are privileged. Privilege would be the set of advantages that are enjoyed by some people beyond those commonly experienced by other people in the same social, political, and economic class. Something of value possessed by certain members of society, some sort of social, political and cultural advantages accorded. This privilege is “an invisible package of unearned assets” as Peggy McIntosh defined it, denied and protected.

Privilege is the shiny coat on a culture of oppression which had became ingrained in some peoples’ souls, part of the character of who they were. A mentality which insinuated itself as part and parcel of their identity; a part of a systemic evil of financial ascendancy, money, power, and politics. Money can be a means of oppression. At the same time we need reminding that God is for the oppressed, the marginalized, and the forgotten.

The Gospel speaks to the disinherited, the poor, the disenfranchised , the oppression of the weak by the powerful. The Gospel is an offense to the rich and powerful. It’s the death of their ideas of wealth and power, those priorities. Part of the societal pathology that has us sweeping the poor under the rug. If we’re going to be judged, it will be on how we treat, in Jesus’ words, “the least of these”. The poor. The disadvantaged. The non-privileged.

So another season of Gossip Girl is upon us, as if teens couldn’t be portrayed as even more vapid, self-involved and obsessed with surface beauty and trends. With an air of campy ridiculousness with no shortage of teenage and emo nonsense, I’m sure some folks will enjoy.