Mean Girls has been recreated as a forbidden lesbian epic, and it’s amazing
Mean Girls is a fantastic film, with a fair sprinkling of LGBT representation. At the heart of Tina Fey’s classic creation – which will be opening soon as a musical – is Janis Ian and Damian Leigh. While Damian is characterised as “too gay to function” and happily embraces his sexuality, Janis faces repeated homophobic abuse. Regina George famously asks “Why are you so obsessed with me?” about Janis, before revealing that she didn’t invite her then-best friend to her birthday party for homophobic reasons. “I couldn’t have a lesbian at my party – there could be girls there in their bathing suits!” she tells Lindsay Lohan’s Cady. Of course, Janis gets her own back when she reveals to the entire school all the ways in which Regina’s new friend Cady secretly helped her take Regina down. “I don’t know why I did it,” she says, before hitting Regina with the ultimate verbal sucker-punch. “I guess it’s probably because I’ve got a big lesbian crush on you! Suck on that!” But what if Janis had been even more central to the plot? What if she was out and proud for the entire film? What if she and Cady had
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