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Today’s bulletin includes reports on speech on BookTwitterreactions to a pretty wild post on r/AmITheAssholeand yet another follow up on Representative Barry Loudermilk and the 2020 election (summer scoop alert!)
After that, our Culture Reporter Michelle breaks down some online discussions on fire island in our weeklyNow streaming” column.
RESERVE: A discussion on the ethics of returning ebooks has reappeared online, with authors highlighting how TikTok was one of the reasons behind a increase in people returning ebooks to Amazon, but actually prepare the whole thing first. The problem? Authors are charged a fee to restock the book.
DISNEY WEDDING: A post on the r/AmITheAsshole community on Reddit went viral after they said they did not provide catering at their wedding and instead chose to use the money to have Mickey and Minnie appear at their reception. As you can probably guess, the post garnered a ton of responses. Our cultural reporter Michelle breaks it down here.
CONSPIRACY: According to a recorded call between a Georgian conspiratorial lobbyist and her supporters, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) called former representative. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in her name, shortly before she documents delivered to the staff of Nunes falsely stating that Italian satellites helped elect President Joe Biden. The use of “Italian satellites” was a common conspiracy theory among Trump supporters after the 2020 election.
“Fire Island” isn’t just a great Jane Austen adaptation. It’s also a great romantic comedy.
It’s the truth universally recognized that the Jane Austen adaptive industrial complex is a beast in itself.
You have yours more traditional adaptations (the 1995 Pride and Prejudice BBC mini-series and the 2005 Joe Wright film, Ang Lee’s Sense and sensitivity, Wilde’s Autumn EmmaUpcoming Netflix Persuasion Carrie Cracknell’s film). There is the modern spin (clueless, Bridget Jones Diary). Some adaptations take more inventive turns (Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries), while others use Austen’s story as starting point out of necessity (PBS sandit). And then there are far too many books to quote that use plots or characters Austen’s novels as a basis.
Thus, the results can sometimes be a mixed bag before you get bogged down in the eternal arguments about which adaptation reign supreme Where debate your favorite Darcy on Twitter.
It may be a good movie, but Iit’s also a good adaptation of Austen? And if it’s a successful adaptation of Austen, it does not always guarantee the movie itself is good. Fortunately, fire islandthe gay and modern version of Pride and Prejudice with Asian Americans front and center, from star writer Joel Kim Booster and director Andrew Ahn, is one of those examples where it’s not just a great movie, it’s also a great adaptation of Austen. (It’s streaming on Hulu.)
In interviews, Booster said he noticed how the class structure rooted in Pride and Prejudice‘s Regency England and the story itself plotted on his experience visiting Fire Island as a gay Asian-American man. And even if you’re unfamiliar with Fire Island itself, it’s easy to see where the parallels come in. Instead of the five Bennet sisters, fire island centered on a family found what could be their last pilgrimage at Fire Island Pines – a hotspot just off the south shore of New York’s Long Island that has been a haven for gay men for decades – after Erin (Margaret Cho), the group’s de facto lesbian mother, either forced to sell her house. Noah (Booster) is determined to help his best friend Howie (SNL‘s Bowen Yang) get laid. This brings them into the orbit of Charlie (James Scully), his group of much wealthier friends who find ways to judge Noah and Howie’s band at every turn, and his best friend Will (Conrad Ricamora), with whom Noah instantly collides.
The film don’t stray too far from Pride and Prejudice we know, but Booster finds clever ways to nod, pay tribute and even subvert some of the expected tropes woven into the story and the wider rom-com genre. (There’s even a letter from Darcy!)
This is smart and horny as hell (without use femininity as a punchline), and the chemistry sizzles onscreen. But it’s also a film that puts gay Americans of Asian descent at the center of a epic romance while not being afraid of microaggressions, exclusionor the fetishization they face from predominantly gay white men.
The film collected lots of praise since its debut on June 3, a response Booster said leave him “completely and utterly outdated.” But over the past day, a tweet from New York magazineby Hanna Rosin panoramic fire island chatter dominated on the film after giving the film a “F-minus in the Bechdel testand asked if people were ignoring “dull lesbian stereotypes of cute gay asian boys?” Her tweet, which she eventually deleted and apologized to be offensive, was immediately proportionate after 2,000 quotes-retweets.
The Bechdel test, which asks if a movie features two female characters having a conversation about something other than a manis often considered as a reference when it comes to female representation. In reality, it’s really closer to being a bar nailed to the ground which a lot great movies still stumble.
But the Bechdel test isn’t an end in itself when it comes to representation: as Decider noted in April after the Netflix release. 365: Todaysome really misogynistic garbage can still pass the test.
As people chastised Rosin for what was seen as peak of white feminismthey argued that she used emasculating language to describe the stars of the film and pointed out that she was to apply the Bechdel test dishonest, especially when it was a movie centered on Asian gay people. (“How come this movie about gay Asians (a group never centered in a mainstream movie before) isn’t also about MEEEE?!?” one person answered in a summary of Rosin’s answer.)
On Tuesday, the phrase “F- on the Bechdel test” unleashed a meme in its own right, as people used images from LGBTQ+ movies, gay porn, male-dominated TV shows, and other pop culture entities to illustrate other properties that, like fire island, would also fail the Bechdel test. But by meme metrics, it’s an A+.
— michelle jaworski
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