What would the Fast and Furious movies be without Letty?
Think of the two main components that made the original Fast and Furious movies so popular and you're likely to dream up the modified Japanese cars covered in body kits and neon lights first and then the girls dancing in the background clad in, well, just about nothing, as the second main ingredient. In that sense, the franchise has always mixed women into its testosterone-laden plots, but it wasn't until later in the series that these women took leading roles. Actress Michelle Rodriguez isn’t too happy about that.
We know her best as the stiff upper lipped Letty who likes her cars, guns, and tank tops just as much as Dominick Toretto does. She recently took to Instagram to advertise the digital release of The Fate of the Furious, but in the process she was sure to let off some steam over the lack of love the franchise has shown women in the movie. Her caption read, “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.” Let’s be honest here, the girl has a point.
Decry us for not sticking with the PC side of the argument, but preference in movie genres for the majority of people can be predicted by gender whether that phenomenon comes about by nature or because it’s nurtured by society's norms. So yes, bikini-clad women and lead male actors that play into the macho stereotypes are going to resonate with the less mature and more primal parts of the male psyche, but the point is that we should demand more. Why stay a neanderthal if you can evolve? And that’s just what Rodriguez seems to be advocating. Why not keep the strong-willed male characters but make it a point to include strong women too?
It’s better for everyone that way, even the men. Strength, courage, and all-round badassery are traits that are not exclusive to penises or vaginas, and the world would be a better place if everyone has room to exhibit those qualities. Rodriguez certainly does, and it’s literally half of why her and Toretto pull off the whole power couple thing so effortlessly.