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Chosen One of the Day: Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched

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May 21, 2018

With the recent memetic focus on white ladies who can't mind their own damn business, I can't help but think of the far less threatening televised version, Gladys Kravitz.

Gladys and her husband Abner lived next door to Samantha and Darren Stephens. Samantha was a witch who did witch stuff in the privacy of her own home, hurting no one but Darren usually, and that's fine because Darren was an absolute knob. The only real hero of this show was Endora, Samantha's mother who thought Darren was useless dull trash and told her daughter so repeatedly. I mean, witchy women pointing out male worthlessness is kind of our mission statement. 

But Gladys ascended beyond the show as an icon of nosy shrillness, becoming a shorthand for putting her nose where it doesn't belong and being generally the worst kind of neighbor and human, basically making her the most realistic part of the show. And she's the only one who suffers consequences for it! She's constantly screaming about something she saw through her window LIKE A CREEP and being wholly ignored. She's the TV version of that person in your Twitter mentions yelling some nonsense while you're just like *mute this person* and they're still out there rambling into the ether.

Sure, in a better version of events, Samantha would have turned Darren into a houseplant or dropkicked him into whatever part of the recycling bin is designated for boring condescending males, but barring that, we'll take the prolonged suffering of a very annoying neighbor. Especially one SO GOOD at being annoying.