On February 14, 2018 -- Valentine's Day -- a gunman terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in one of the deadliest school massacres in history. The event has already sparked a quantifiable amount of activist momentum, with surviving teens organizing the March For Our Lives rally, a nationwide anti-gun demonstration on March 24. The Parkland shooting has also had an effect on pop culture: This week, the Paramount Network announced that it would delay the release of its upcoming Heathers TV series, a reboot of the 1989 cult classic film ripe with student-on-student violence.
The choice to adapt the film for TV was a contentious decision even before the Parkland massacre, with several critics asking the question: How is this a good idea? In the original film, high school bad boy J.D. (Christian Slater) casually wields a gun at school. He fires blanks at two students in the lunchroom and is barely punished for it. Later, he shoots and kills two jocks, and poisons the popular and titular Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), framing their deaths as suicides. But J.D.'s sociopathic desire to disrupt the status quo backfires, as Heather's popularity only grows once she's dead, setting off a suicide trend at their Ohio-set high school.