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16 Movie & TV Characters That Are Now Seen As “Problematic”

Some of our favorite shows and movies had some characters that were particularly selfish, inconsiderate, and showed hurtful behavior. We may not have noticed that at that time, but, with growing awareness, they can be seen as really problematic. Here is a list of 16 Movie & TV characters that are now seen as “problematic.”

1. Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother was a sex-obsessed womanizer who treated women like objects.

Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother was a sex-obsessed womanizer who treated women like objects.
Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother.

2. Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City she was a bad friend and very selfish.

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City she was a bad friend and very selfish.
Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City.

3. Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl attempts to rape Jenny in the first episode and it’s never addressed again. 

Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl attempts to rape Jenny in the first episode and it's never addressed again. 
Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl.

4. Ezra Fitz, Pretty Little Liars preyed on teenage girls.

Ezra Fitz, Pretty Little Liars preyed on teenage girls.
Ezra Fitz from Pretty Little Liars.

5. Edward Cullen, Twilight wanted to possess his girlfriend and control her life.

Edward Cullen, Twilight wanted to possess his girlfriend and control her life.
Edward Cullen from Twilight.

6. Ron Weasley, Harry Potter slut-shames Ginny and punishes Hermione for dating Krum.

Ron Weasley, Harry Potter slut-shames Ginny and punishes Hermione for dating Krum.
Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.

7. John Bender, The Breakfast Club repeatedly sexually harassed Claire, almost to the point of assault.

John Bender, The Breakfast Club repeatedly sexually harassed Claire, almost to the point of assault.
John Bender from The Breakfast Club.

8. Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother was selfish and rude.

Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother was selfish and rude.
Lily Aldrin from How I Met Your Mother.

9. Zack Morris, Saved by the Bell disrespects Native American culture in one episode.

Zack Morris, Saved by the Bell disrespects Native American culture in one episode.
Zach Morris from Saved by the Bell.

10. Patty Bladell, Insatiable tried to break up the marriage of her coach who was 20 years older than her.

Patty Bladell, Insatiable tried to break up the marriage of her coach who was 20 years older than her.
Patty Bladell from Insatiable.

11. Olivia Pope, Scandal had no regard for her staff’s feelings.

Olivia Pope, Scandal had no regard for her staff's feelings.
Olivia Pope from Scandal.

12. Lucas Scott, One Tree Hill was self-centered and hurt people who cared about him.

Lucas Scott, One Tree Hill was self-centered and hurt people who cared about him.
Lucas Scott from One Tree Hill.

13. Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls was entitled and self-centered. 

Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls was entitled and self-centered. 
Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls.

14. Jim Halpert, The Office bullies Dwight.

Jim Halpert, The Office bullies Dwight.
Jim Halpert from The Office.

15. Paige McCullers, Pretty Little Liars said homophobic things to Emily then ended up kissing her.

Paige McCullers, Pretty Little Liars said homophobic things to Emily then ended up kissing her.
Paige McCullers from Pretty Little Liars.

16. April Kepner, Grey’s Anatomy makes impulsive decisions, gives ultimatums, and forces her beliefs on people.

April Kepner, Grey's Anatomy makes impulsive decisions, gives ultimatums, and forces her beliefs on people.
April Kepner from Grey’s Anatomy.

These characters are problematic for so many reasons. Did you find these characters problematic too? Tell us if you in the comments if they are more such characters that you now find to be “problematic”.

Written by FandomWire Staff