The Heat may have been women-centric and it was great seeing a film focusing on female friendship between two career-driven, successful women. But I couldn’t enjoy it with its rampant racism, ableism & transphobia:
"I adore Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, and I loved seeing them on-screen together. They possessed an effortless chemistry…What really tainted the movie for me was its preponderance of ableist, racist and transphobic humor. I was horrified when I saw these jokes continually occur one after another. Fuck that noise…
"…Sadly I wasn’t a huge fan of The Heat. I wish I had been. But I just couldn’t get past the extremely problematic humor. Sigh. I wish it hadn’t been so racist, ableist or transphobic. I wanted to like this, especially because it was written by Katie Dippold, a writer and producer of my fave feminist TV show Parks and Rec.
"But feminism isn’t just about gender equality and putting more women in film. Although that’s a huge start. It’s about combating all forms of institutional discrimination and oppression. And not perpetuating prejudice."
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