MIllennials are killing everything. We killed Applebee’s and then turned on Hooters, we killed the napkin and the light beer and the plate. And now the latest victim on the millennial spree appears to be TV: Big Little Lies star and noted millennial Shailene Woodley took to the Emmys red carpet last night and dropped a serious bombshell on one unassuming reporter when the 25-year-old actress announced that she doesn’t really watch TV and would rather curl up at home with a good book. Like some kind of literate nerd.

In an article perhaps overstating the gravity of Woodley’s comments, the Los Angeles Times related her “epic faux pas,” describing it as “something worse” than “the single most out-of-sync anecdote a person could drop.” This was on a night in which Sean Spicer appeared onstage, and history shows us that not giving an eff about awards shows has only ever made actors cooler, but okay. Woodley went on to expand on these comments, saying, “All my friends watch TV. I just ask them when they have time to. When do people have time to? I’m a reader. So I always read a book instead of turning on my TV.” She then added, “I actually haven’t had a TV since I moved out of my parents’ house at 18,” which doubles as a pretty subtle own. Were you moving out of your mom and dad’s place at 18 to star on a smash teen soap opera? No, you were probably watching TV.

I say good for you, Shailene Woodley. Books may be on the way out, but it’s nice to see someone with a platform championing them anyway. And all things considered, at least you were never a spokesperson for the current Commander-in-Chief.


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