Fire Island, the gay rom-com starring Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang about a group of friends who embark on a weeklong vacation to the infamous gay village hotspot, was released on Hulu for the start of Pride Month last Friday to rave reviews. But despite the fact that the film, which seems to be nearly universally beloved, doesn’t mean that it’s immune to controversy.
The Bechdel test, for the uninitiated, rates the representation of women in fiction. Originating from cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s 1985 comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, the criteria boils down to three rules: that a piece of work features at least two women, that those women who talk to each other, and that they have to talk about something other than a man.
“So [Hulu’s Fire Island] gets an F- on the Bechdel test in a whole new way,” Rosin tweeted on Monday. “Do we just ignore the drab lesbian stereotypes [because of] cute gay Asian boys? Is this revenge for all those years of the gay boy best friend?”
So @hulu #FireIslandMovie gets an F- on the Bechdel test in a whole new way. Do we just ignore the drab lesbian stereotypes bc cute gay Asian boys? Is this revenge for all those years of the gay boy best friend?