The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s Season 1 Episode 3, “Friend or Woe,” now streaming on Netflix.
In its center, the addams family it is intellectual property that thrives on the satirical inversion of conservative values. It does this by presenting its titular family as the polar opposite of what a traditional family in America is expected to be. For example, conservative families enforce power systems, repress sexual expression, and prioritize conformity and obedience over individuality. The Addams Family subverts all of these expectations by actively dismantling power systems, openly expressing sexuality, and practicing acceptance of individual differences.
Although each iteration of the addams family has stayed true to its satirical roots, the 1990s film franchise tapped into them in some very bold ways. First addams family The 1991 film satirized the concept of family, while its 1993 sequel satirized marriage as an institution. Despite many memorable moments from both films, one scene has consistently survived the test of time: the Camp Chippewa scene in which the iconic Wednesday Addams, with the help of other outcast campers, sabotages the camp’s Thanksgiving play. after criticizing the institutionalized celebration of the settlers in the United States. colonialism. With Wednesday starring in her own Netflix series, he single-handedly replicated this iconic scene with an equally powerful message.
Addams Family Values Expose Thanksgiving Myth
In the original 1993 film, Addams Family ValuesWednesday (played by Christina Ricci) and her brother Pugsley are forced to attend summer camp at the suggestion of an evil babysitter. During their time there, the Addams brothers are exposed to the pretensions of American society, namely in the form of feigning acceptance of marginalized groups, while at the same time participating in their oppression. Wednesday and Pugsley found themselves on the receiving end of this behavior from their white camp counselors and the other white children who camped with them.
At one point in the film, the Addams brothers, along with another camper named Joel, are forced to watch family-friendly movies as a way to get them to conform to camp rules. This turned out to be a torturous day for the Addams brothers as they plotted their revenge on Wednesday for the camp Thanksgiving play. After being cast as a Chippewa maiden with the other outcast children also as Native Americans, Wednesday used the play’s white supremacist narrative and anti-Native racism as ammunition for her attack. At a pivotal moment in the play, where a white European settler named Sarah Miller invites the natives to dine with her group, Wednesday changes the script to expose the myth of the First Thanksgiving.
Instead of subscribing to the false narrative that white European settlers broke bread peacefully with the indigenous population, on Wednesday he detailed the tragic fate that befell the natives as a result of the European invasion. While white Europeans amassed their wealth through land theft and illegal resource exploitation, the natives experienced literal cultural genocide at their hands. The surviving populations were then relegated to reservations where they were forced to live in mobile homes and sell bracelets on the side of the road. Wednesday then set fire to the play’s sets with the help of other outcast children as a way to fool his own oppressors.
Netflix Wednesday Boldly Rejects Settler Colonialism
on netflix Wednesday, rejecting settler colonialism is a major theme of the series, so much so that an entire episode is dedicated to making this thesis. In episode 3, “Friend or Woe,” the show does its own version of the Camp Chippewa scene, only this time the fictional town of Jericho serves as the setting for Wednesday Addams (played by Jenna Ortega) to make her bold. . statement.
In “Friend or Woe”. Nevermore Academy students are invited to participate in Outreach Day, an event celebrating the settlement of Jericho by the infamous settler Joseph Crackstone. Recognizing the settlement for what it is, Wednesday wastes no time sabotaging the town’s main tourist attraction, Pilgrim World, where she is forced to work in the candy store. While interacting with potential customers, Wednesday details the truth of the product she’s selling: “Enjoy your ‘authentic’ pilgrim sweet made with cacao beans purchased by oppressed indigenous peoples of the Amazon,” she says. “All proceeds go to defending this pathetic whitewashing of American history.” This naturally causes customers to stop supporting the business.
Later in the episode, Wednesday learns that the founder of the town had murdered his ancestor’s mother, Goody Addams, by burning her alive inside a house, along with many other people who were convicted of witchcraft. This motivates Wednesday to destroy Crackstone’s newly christened statue as revenge for his murdered ancestor. She accomplishes this with the help of the Thing, who douses the fountain with gasoline and sets it on fire, effectively melting the Crackstone statue in the center. Naturally, this lands Wednesday in trouble with the principal of her school, Larissa Weems (played by the Sandman Gwendoline Christie), but defends her actions as a rejection of settler colonialism. Since Weems capitalizes on the whitewashing of the town’s American history, there’s a subtle comment about Weems not being the best person to come forward.
To see Wednesday Addams push back against settler colonialism, all eight episodes of Wednesday are now streaming on Netflix.