GOSSIP Girl fans are none too happy after watching a teacher, Rafa, hook up with his student, Max, in the newest episode of the HBO Max reboot.
Viewers slammed the romance as “f***ing disgusting” and begged the show to stop “romanticizing” student-teacher relationships.
Gossip Girl fans slammed the student-teacher romance in the rebootCredit: HBO Max
Student Max (Thomas Doherty) and teacher Rafa (Jason Gotay) hooked up in the newest episode of the seriesCredit: HBO Max
On the new Gossip Girl, Max (Thomas Doherty) has been trying for a few episodes now to get his teacher Rafa (Jason Gotay) to sleep with him, with them appearing naked in front of each other a few times.
Max found out Rafa would be at a bath house and showed up there to try to make his very naked teacher jealous and did so by stripping down himself and kissing fellow student Aki (Evan Mock).
Fans took issue enough with this and were unhappy Rafa eventually let Max know he was even attracted to him, by saying they wouldn’t hook up until Max graduated from school, despite the student trying to convince him by saying he’s legal.
In Thursday’s episode 4, Max once again saw Rafa naked when he followed him into their school’s shower room, and, high on pills, he said the teacher should sleep with him or he’ll tell everyone he did anyway.
Rafa was able to get him out of there, but the two, who had been getting close due to the teacher helping Max emotionally work through his dads’ crumbling marriage and cheating scandal, eventually gave in to each other.
At the end of the episode, Thomas’ character went to see Rafa at his apartment, crying because his dad blames him for revealing his cheating and looking for comfort, which the teacher gave him, saying “f*** it.”
Fans slammed the two of them getting together because no matter Max’s age, he’s still Rafa’s student and there’s still a major power disparity between them.
“Bc even if Max is 18 that’s still so nasty bc why is a grown a** man interested in a high school student,” one angered viewer tweeted. “Someone give these teachers a hobby, it’s obvious teaching isn’t enough for them.”
Another wrote: “This teacher student relationship is such a big no. Why let max hook up with the teacher #GossipGirl”
A third said: “Teacher / Student relationships are f***ing disgusting I’ve had enough stop romanticising this gross sh*t #GossipGirl”
Others blasted the romance as “creepy and predatory,” saying the “student-teacher romance/sex trope needs to die by fire.”
One viewer said they won’t be “supporting Max’s fling w/ that teacher,” while another hoped it will be “exposed” by Gossip Girl.
Max went there crying over family problems and wanted Rafa both emotionally and physicallyCredit: HBO Max
Rafa pushed him away at first but then gave in, and fans called the student-teacher relationship ‘gross’ and ‘disgusting’Credit: HBO Max