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Teacher Layoffs Go Hollywood: Zooey Deschanel's 'New Girl' Character to Be Pink Slipped

She'll follow in the footsteps of 150,000 other laid off teachers.


It looks like the most popular elementary school teacher on network television, Zooey Deschanel's quirky, manic pixie dream girl character Jess on the hit Fox TV show "New Girl", will experience what over 150,000 other American educators have over the past two years. Jess is about to be laid off due to budget cuts.

Indeed, executive producer Liz Meriwether told Entertainment Weekly that Jess will have "to restart her life and figure out who she is and what she wants to do." And, says Meriwether, the show plans to let Jess "have a moment of questioning who she is, why she's a teacher, and if that's really what she wants to do."

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What New Girl Says About the New Recession-Era Man

The feminized dudes of New Girl fit perfectly into the economic zeitgeist.

“Sex with a new person is like starting a new job with a really weird interview,” Jess says, lying in bed with a new BF after a failed attempt. “Tomorrow,” she assures him, “your v-bomb on my p-bomb.” The couple looks fearfully at the ceiling, realizing Jess’ slip, a moment of gender confusion central to the sexual politics on the show. Fox’s New Girl suggests it’s not only women of the 21st century who are changing, but straight men, too: in a recession-era America, they’re learning to be, or have already become, more like women.

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Why Can't Hollywood Get Education Right?

The real problems in America's schools are hard to dramatize, so the entertainment industry gives us Cameron Diaz's breasts instead.

If the slate of upcoming movies and TV shows is any indication, the education drama may be the new cop drama. Several new films and series about teachers and schools are set to be unleashed on the masses. Unfortunately, the entertainment industry isn't exactly known for its accurate portrayals of American schools.

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