What Would Lorelai Make of Taylor Swift?


It’s been 7 years since we last saw Lorelai and Rory, swigging coffee and referencing pop culture faster than Road Runner could meep-meep.


Part of the (many many) magnetic charms of the show were the references that made me feel like they were talking directly into my soul. Some examples…

Francie: What’s your damage, Gilmore? [Heathers]

Lorelai: You don’t care at all, do you?
Michel: To me, you are the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoon. [Sounded like a muted trumpet – ‘WAH wAH waah’]

Rory: Got it. Hey, how come we don’t have a tiki bar?
Lorelai: Well, we are not two wild and crazy guys. [Steve Martin’s characters on Saturday Night Live]
Rory: You like pina coladas.
Lorelai: And getting lost in the rain. [Rupert Holmes’ Escape – The Pina Colada song]

What were your stand-out pop culture references?

In the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie, Cap keeps a notepad of modern things that he missed on during his 65 year sleep, to catch up on. The list in the movie differed from country to country so in US theaters, it included ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Pisco’ whereas in the UK it included ‘The Beatles’ and ‘World Cup Final (1966)’. Italy’s listed ‘Roberto Benigni’, Mexico had ‘Shakira’ and Korea had ‘Oldboy’. Gizmodo has a compilation of the different lists here.

Today’s loosely related daydreaming has me pondering… if she was on our screens today, what would Lorelai be referencing – and how?

Facebook only started in 2004. We didn’t have Twitter or tablets. Would she have been an uncontrollable Twitter-er? Perhaps they’d have gone totally post-modern, Rory and Lorelai sitting on their sofa remarking on how often Lauren Graham appeared on Ellen. Or the travesty of Bunheads being cancelled.

I can see Mark Wahlberg moving to Stars Hollow, playing Marky Mark in his early 40’s. He’d be flirting with Lorelai:

Marky Mark: Hey, I just met you… and this is crazy, but here’s my number. Call me, maybe?

I think there’d be some sisterly love too for (the lovely) Taylor Swift, but what do you think Stars Hollow would be gabbing about today?

Here’s something to listen to while you think about it…

Pic c/o TheWB, Tune c/o Rupert Holmes’ and that moment when the chic 70’s became the sweater-laden 80’s



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

6 thoughts on “What Would Lorelai Make of Taylor Swift?

  • October 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I think they would lovingly mock Taylor Swifts numerous break-ups and the inevitable song that would go with it. I think they would love Lady Gaga (or Michel would, right? He seems like he would like her), Lorelai never liked computers (remember when she was trying to get a loan for her house she said and I quote “I hate using the computer!”) so I cannot really see her embracing the whole social media/smartphone revolution. I would say she still has a flip phone. I think shows they would reference are, American Horror Story, Walking Dead, Dancing with the Stars, Orange is the New Black, Dexter. Moves, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, American Hustle. They would have probably commented on Blagoavich (sp?), Anthony Weiner, Hilary running in 2016, Britney Spears trying to make a comeback…

    • October 19, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Brilliant list! Also, making money by cooking meth / using a car wash to launder money, Mad Men and Robert Downey Jr. Man, I love flip phones…

  • October 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Lets see: 1] Taylor’s crazy town hall meeting behavior being decreed as Malfoyian if not quite as bad as Voldemort, and since L&L are back together an occasional complement to Luke for the elder wand [dirty]. 2] Chris’s turn to the dark side in starting an affilated bike chapter for SAMCRO [Sons of Anarchy]. 3] Kirk taking over a new job as the town constable and going all Raylon Givens [Justified] on speeding motorists.

  • October 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Funny you associated Gilmore Girls and Taylor Swift :) I discovered both haphazardly! I won’t say that I love all Taylor Swift songs, whereas I love almost all episodes of Gilmore Girls… Yet, I improvised a sound track for a video of Gilmore Girls I made. Years later, discovering Taylor Swift made me studying the piano and music seriously again, something I had given up years ago…
    Yes, art is really mysterious. Why do we discover and love some, and not others? The fact is, that it’s always a good thing when art inspires us to try to improve ourselves the best we can of what we are… That’s the message we can find in Gilmore Girls and some of Taylor Swift songs :)

  • February 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I bet Lorelai and Rory would reference TS’s many high-profile relationships and esp how she writes songs about her ex’s. Or maybe about how she’s “country,” but not really.

    I’d also love to see them reference Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s relationship and brood of kids, since they made so many mentions of Brad and Jennifer Aniston back in the day!

    The whole town might have a very serious meeting over whether or not a Starbucks opening in town would be a good thing.

  • February 16, 2015 at 5:35 am

    There’s a long list Starbucks lovers…


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