Can we talk about how Hairspray is a story where a not-conventionally-attractive girl gets the hot guy in the end without having to Become “Pretty.” Because we need more stories like that.
It’s also story about breaking down the barriers of racism which we also need more of.
And it’s about nice hair and cheesy dance moves, more things we need more of
It’s a movie where John Travolta plays a chic, which we need more of
No. We don’t need more of men in roles which should have gone to plus size women.
Actually, the role was written as a man playing a woman because it’s a pantomime technique so it’s not like the movie purposely discriminated, It was literally just written that way and it’s probably one of my favourite comedic techniques.
Actually, the role was written as a man playing a woman because in the original Hairspray movie the role was played by Divine, a radical and influential plus-size drag queen. It is in honor of that original casting and in Divine’s memory that more recent stage and movie adaptations of Hairspray have continued to cast Mrs. Turnblad as a man in drag.
The problem I still have with Hairspray (and the latest movie adaptation), is that while Divine played her and was certainly hilarious, radical etc etc. her comedy was derived majorly from the fact that she was genuinely funny. But now, instead of getting actual drag queens/genderqueer people to play the role, you have people like John Travolta and thousands of high schools across the country getting men who think the reason it’s funny is because “lol haha man in dress!” which is and forever always will be transmisogynistic, no matter how bad y’all wish it wasn’t.