The Netflix series "Wednesday" introduces a new wave of Addams family followers to a socially conscious, proud Latina heroine. Through the experiences of Wednesday Addams and her peers, Wednesday examines discrimination and profiling by "normies," something every minority population throughout history can relate to.
Wednesday symbolizes a rejection of the social norm.
The history of “normies” perpetrating hate crimes against outsiders is all too prevalent.
The story's overarching theme is the pervasiveness of bigotry.
Nevermore Academy is a school for the world's "outcasts."
In the series, the concept of "outcasts" is expanded to encompass discrimination and generational prejudice.
Wednesday was created with the present political climate in mind. The narrative of normies committing hate crimes against outsiders is all too common. Whether it is femicide, homophobic violence, apartheid, the holocaust, or genocide in Rwanda, history is replete with examples of brutal hate crimes committed against so-called outcasts. Wednesday paints a harsh but simultaneously tender portrait of reality in its depiction of the outsider.
Nevermore for outcasts
"Have you ever been told you're unusual, weird, or just don't fit in?" "Do you feel like an outcast in a world full of normies?" So says Larissa Weems (Gwendoline Cristie), principal of Nevermore Academy.
Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) gets expelled from a normie public school for the ninth time, this time for castrating the local jock and school bully. She is brought to Nevermore Academy, a school for the world's "outcasts." Included among these outcasts are witches, werewolves, vampires, and virtually anyone with supernatural traits. The early scenes of the series reveal Wednesday's psychic visions; therefore, Nevermore is the perfect fit for her. In a series based on one of cinema's most legendary goth girls, this school for the "gifted" becomes the backdrop for mischief, murder, and mayhem.
The people she befriends are often the outsiders among the outcasts, and she makes a conscious choice to refuse to join secret groups. Enid, her roommate, is a werewolf who has not yet completed her transformation.
While settling into her new school, Wednesday explores the nearby town of Jericho, which has a reputation for prejudice against Nevermore pupils and its "freaks, outcasts, and monsters."
Students from Nevermore are the major suspects in the ongoing murder spree in Jericho. A creature has been hunting and killing villagers. Wednesday receives a psychic vision regarding the beast and resolves to devote her efforts to tracking it down.
The Vermont community of Jericho, where much of the action takes place, is created by a fictitious founder named Joseph Crackstone, who is central to the pilgrim storyline. Nevermore Academy is located adjacent to Jericho. Pilgrim World is a contemporary living-history museum that hosts daily witch trials and characterizes Crackstone as "loving and pious,"
On Outreach Day, which is meant to bring "outcasts" from Nevermore and "normies" from Jericho closer together, Wednesday and her classmates have to give out free samples of fudge at Pilgrim World.
"Enjoy your 'genuine' pilgrim fudge, produced with cocoa beans gathered by the persecuted Indigenous people of the Amazon," Wednesday says in excellent German to a group of tourists. "All earnings support this pitiful revision of American history. Also, fudge was not invented until 258 years later. Any takers?"
During the season-ending play at her summer camp, an epic deconstruction of Thanksgiving was intended to honor the occasion. She deviates from the script and tells the pilgrims after being made to wear a culturally inappropriate Native American outfit. “We are unable to share a meal with you. "You have illegally seized land that belongs to us.".
Hate, fear, and bigotry
Similar to the paranormal figures in Harry Potter, Wednesday also features division based on hate and fear. In the script, the magical people are called "outcasts," while the other people are called "normies."
The story's overarching theme is the pervasiveness of bigotry, yet it isn't always the prominent focus. The school is always in danger since Jericho is full of bigots, and, throughout history, bigotry is essentially one-sided. Despite the normies' history of hate crimes, outcasts hold no collective hatred against them. For them, the only sort of vendetta is personal.
Outcasts don't have a protected place in the world, which is why Principal Weems makes questionable decisions from a moral standpoint and covers up crimes to make sure that no one can sue to stop Nevermore, the only real safe place for outcasts.
In its representation of politics, Wednesday paints a cruel yet equally tender portrait of reality. And in keeping with the narrative's theme of inclusivity, the series' crew and actors are also multicultural. Even though the Addams family is Latina, most of the roles in the previous versions were played by white actors. The show fixes this by giving the roles of Wednesday and Gomez Addams to Latino actors Jenna Ortega and Luis Guzman.
Most of Wednesday's important characters are from different species. Wednesday, Enid, Ajax, Bianca, and Yoko all represent different groups of Nevermore Academy students. From people with psychic powers to werewolves and gorgons, here is a list of every type of outcast at Nevermore Academy.
Psychics - the psychics tend to be the most prevalent species at Nevermore Academy. These psychics have a wide range of abilities, many of which are passed down through families.
Sirens - another important species at Nevermore Academy is the siren, which includes the school's "queen bee," Bianca Barclay. The sirens are mermaid beings who can influence others with their songs, and Bianca used her music to manipulate her way into Nevermore.
Gorgons - Ajax, whom Enid has a crush on, is the most prominent gorgon. The Gorgons all have to wear beanies to hide their snakes because anyone who looks at them turns into stone for a short time.
Werewolves - Wednesday's roommate, Enid, is a werewolf, and her group is known as the "Furs." Werewolves are well-known for "wolfing out" during full moons.
Vampires - the "Fangs" are a group of vampire classmates. The vampires are able to venture outside during the day, but they must wear sunglasses to protect their eyes. They are also allergic to garlic.
In all previous versions of the Addams Family, Wednesday has stood for the rejection of the established norm, but the new show puts that outsider spirit front and center. Wednesday, like most of Burton's work, is about people who don't fit in, just like Wednesday and her eerie family, as well as people who don't belong in society or social groups. With the conflict between the Nevermore school and the "normie" people of the town of Jericho, Wednesday broadens the definition of outcasts to include discrimination and generational prejudice.