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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Had a Perfect Potential Lesbian Reveal, And They Fucking Fluffed It

By Rebecca Pahle | Film | April 17, 2017 | Comments ()

By Rebecca Pahle | Film | April 17, 2017 |


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This year has been hit or miss as far as LGBT representation in major Hollywood films is concerned. Sure, we’ve had some—which is something that can’t be said of some other years up to this point—but the year that added the term “exclusively gay moment” to our pop culture lexicon has been tentative regarding, y’know, actual gay moments. LeFou’s infatuation with Gaston in Beauty and the Beast caught fire from some corners for being treated as comedy, as did actor Josh Gad’s fey-adjacent mannerisms. Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) being asked whether she has boyfriend and “girlfriend troubles” in Power Rangers: Points! Her going the enigmatic silence route and never actually confirming she’s a member of the Bisexual Brigade: No. Give your points back. At least she didn’t say she “doesn’t like labels.”

Which makes it all the more disappointing that The Fate of the Furious had the perfect lesbian reveal moment right there, and they didn’t bite. Let me set the stage for you: After two hours of vehicular mayhem and a be-dreadlocked Charlize Theron whispertalking about crocodiles, our heroes have gathered for their requisite end-of-movie meal. (No Corona present.) Bickering besties Roman (Tyese Gibson) and Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), who have been fighting over hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) for a movie and a half, throw down the gauntlet and ask her which of them she prefers.

In an ideal world, she would respond “Neither, I’m a lesbian and am involved in a long-distance relationship with Kara the bodyguard” before YOLOing off on a Segway. I was all but chanting under my breath: “Please be a lesbian, please be a lesbian.” BUT NO. Instead she says she likes them both and challenges them to figure out what her last name is, setting the stage for the trio’s love triangle plotline to keep rolling until the end of the franchise or the eventual heat death of the universe, whichever comes first.

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This is frustrating on multiple levels. Ramsey, one of the newest members of Dom’s “family,” isn’t particularly defined as a character yet: Her things are Look Hot and Be a Hacker. And “be the fulcrum of a dick-measuring contest between two men,” which isn’t so much about her as it is about men’s boners. C’mon! Give Ramsey a girlfriend! Putting her in a relationship would add layers to her character—would give us a hint that she has one, other than “eye candy” and “techobabble-spouting plot device generator.” And it would be great to see Roman and Tej—neither of whom are a particularly great catch, by the way—to be taken down a peg. A boring old multi-movie love triangle: No. A slight puncturing of The Fast and the Furious franchise’s omnipresent machismo: Yes, please!

This would be even more welcome when you consider the fact that female representation in the Fast and Furious franchise has kind of fallen on its bikini-clad ass lately. We used to have Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Mia (Jordana Brewster), who had eye candy elements (what is the Fast and Furious without ass shots?) but also agency and action scenes. In The Fate of the Furious, [major spoilers] Dom’s ex Elena (Elsa Pataky) is brought back only to be fridged for the sake of Dom’s character development. We’re left with Letty, Ramsey, Charlize Theron’s villain character, Hobbs’ occasionally seen daughter, a five-minute cameo from Helen Mirren and a whole lot of disembodied, miniskirt-wearing asses. Maybe some of those belong to non-straight women?

It’s past time for an LGBT character in the Fast and the Furious series, especially when you consider its origins as a low-key homoromantic Point Break remake. (“I owe you a ten-second car” is the “You. Complete. Me.” of the racing movie set.) This is a franchise that has proven to studio execs—who are, sadly, a bit slow to pick up on the message—that diversity sells. When Furious 7 came out in 2015, 75 percent of its massive $147.1 million North American opening weekend came from non-Caucasian ticket buyers, which, per The Hollywood Reporter, was “generally in line with previous installments.” Universal exec Nicholas Carpou noted at the time that, “Someone that I admire quite a lot recently said this is a franchise that really looks like America, and there are characters that everyone can relate to. I think that’s a big plus.” Well, there are non-straight people in America, too—and some of them are even watching the Fast and Furious movies! Bring back Han and make Ramsey a lesbian. I don’t ask for much.


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