In the wake of Wonder Woman’s continuing success at the box office, Hollywood seems to be waking up to the potential for female-led and directed action movies. With Fate of the Furious out on DVD this week, star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to reiterate a message she’s been sending for some time to the producers, demanding that they “show some love” to the women of the franchise.
“I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” Rodriguez posted, adding, “Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”
“It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years,” she added, perhaps softening the blow for producers, though her message was clear.
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F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It's been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love 🤘🏼❤️🤗🙏🦄✨🌍🙊🤔
Ok, maybe not *that* clear. That’s a lot of emojis, and we don’t know what they mean. But on the subject of women in the Fast and Furious films, it’s definitely clear. And this isn’t the first time Rodriguez has brought it up, either. Back in May, Rodriguez was interviewed as part of a feature on the women of the franchise by Entertainment Weekly, she laid out exactly what she’d like to see happen:
“First and foremost, bringing some more women on the good team, not just bringing an amazing actress to play the bad guy, and having more female camaraderie, having women do things independently outside of what the boys are doing — that is truly the voice of female independence,” she said when asked how the movies could be more inclusive of women. “Now, having girls run around and do a bunch of really cool stuff, that’s great, it’s wonderful, but we never talk to each other. It’s very rare that they even look at each other. I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her. I think that’s pathetic and it’s lack of creativity. Guys don’t know what girls talk about. They think that girls just sit around talking about guys and it’s a sad truth of men being the dominant writers in Hollywood.”
Later, Rodriguez said that changing the way Hollywood treats women is a cultural responsibility: “That’s what I’m imploring with the studio because these franchise films go to the hardest markets on women. What I mean by hardest markets on women, I’m talking about territories where women, culturally, are treated like trash. I do not feel comfortable not sending an opposing message to that kind of thing. When you are benefiting so much from all this money that’s coming at you, I think you should be sending out some subliminal messaging to balance out that energy between man and woman in these territories, where culturally they’re not evolving out of it.”