Pam Beesly on The Office is one of the characters who weren’t always completely over the top. She provided some stability and normalcy to Dunder Mifflin. While she might not have always gotten her due, she was an important anchor that helped her co-workers in a lot of ways. Despite the fact that Pam was overall a decent person, she was often treated rather poorly by many of the people around her, especially while at work. There were definitely moments where it was uncomfortable to see how people interacted with her.
Here are ten times that Pam Beesly was treated way worse than she deserves.
10 HOW DWIGHT CONTINUALLY INSULTED HER
Now, Dwight wasn’t ever exactly that kind of complementary to anyone around him. So, it’s not as if he was singling Pam out as he was judgemental and harsh towards pretty much everyone. However, considering the fact that Dwight and Pam grew somewhat of a friendship over the years, his insults seem a little more personal. He would often say things about her appearance such as that she was frumpy or make comments on things like her not finishing art school.
9 ANGELA CALLING HER A SLUT
Angela is another Dunder Mifflin employee who isn’t known for her kindness. She was very judgemental of others and rarely had a positive thing to say to anyone. However, there were many times when Pam was kind to her and tried to be her friend. So, the fact that Angela often alluded to the fact that she thought Pam was a slut was quite mean. This is an outdated way of thinking anyway, and Pam was not even close to being promiscuous.
8 THE WAY MICHAEL EXPECTED HER TO DO THINGS OUTSIDE OF HER JOB DESCRIPTION
Working for Michael Scott would not be an easy task. Most of the employees had to find ways to get their work done while dealing with Micahel’s antics. However, often it was the most difficult for Pam. Since she was the secretary, Micahel seemed to have in his mind that Pam was his personal assistant.
She was also often a bit of a pushover, so Michael would use this to his advantage. He would try to make her do things like bring him coffee and even wash his hair when he got gum stuck in it.
7 WHEN NO ONE CAME TO HER ART SHOW
While this isn’t completely accurate as Michael did come to her art show and show support, none of her coworkers did. During beach day she tells everyone that she was disappointed and hurt when not one of them showed up. Clearly, Pam does try to be friends or at least kind to some of her coworkers, so the fact that none of them could even stop by was definitely a rude thing. It’s no wonder she felt a bit let down.
6 PEOPLE ALWAYS ASSUMING SHE WASN’T CAPABLE
Pam is a character who definitely struggled with a lot of self-doubts. She didn’t seem to believe that she could do much more than being a secretary at Dunder Mifflin. Throughout the seasons of The Office, however, she did become more confident and self-assured. So, when people would assume she was dumb or not capable of doing anything, it was hard to watch. While her skills might not have been in sales or being a famous artist, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t good at other things such as office managing.
5 MICHAEL MAKING INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS ABOUT HER BODY
This point is probably one of the most uncomfortable on the list. Michael Scott was often extremely inappropriate with his employees. His comments could range from being racially insensitive to being sexist to borderline sexual harassment.
He often made comments about Pam’s appearance when he thought she was looking hot or when he thought she wasn’t looking hot enough. These kinds of comments are definitely not acceptable for a boss to make.
4 HOW SHE WAS TREATED ON BEACH DAY
Beach day is probably one of the most iconic episodes from The Office. This is a big moment for Pam as she finds some of her own inner power and uses that to call people out for treating her poorly. However, before she gets to this moment, she’s treated unfairly. Michale makes her spend the whole day taking notes, and no one seems to take her seriously at all.
3 WHEN JIM MADE DECISIONS WITHOUT HER INPUT
Jim and Pam might be a television couple that many people love and think of as being romantic goals. However, they definitely weren’t a perfect couple. There were many times where Jim made decisions for them as a couple without talking to Pam first. While these features might have been meant to be romantic or for the best, it does seem a bit like he didn’t really respect Pam’s insight and agency.
2 HER ENTIRE RELATIONSHIP WITH ROY
Her relationship with Roy is extremely hard to watch. Roy didn’t treat her well at all. He was always dismissive of her feelings and what she wanted to do. It was always all about Roy and what he wanted.
Then, when they get back together after Pam calls off their wedding, Roy reveals even more of his true colors. He shows that he has a violent streak which he directs at Jim and also at trashing a bar in front of Pam. Thankfully, Pam breaks up with him for good.
1 JIM INSISTING ON CHANGING THEIR LIVES AND THEN GETTING MAD AT PAM WHEN SHE DISAGREED
While there might have been a lot of cute moments between Jim and Pam where he treated her well, the final season was rough between them. Jim basically decides to start a new business without telling Pam. Then, when the business takes off, he makes plans for their family’s future that include moving to Philadelphia. He doesn’t ever ask Pam what she wants, and then he gets mad when she just doesn’t go along with his dreams happily.
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