Writer Hanna Rosin has apologized after one of her now-deleted tweets criticized Hulu’s “Fire Island” for failing to adequately portray women.
“Fire Island,” directed by Andrew Ahn, centers on two Asian gay men (comedians Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) and their group of queer friends as they travel to the iconic LGBTQ beach just off Long Island in New York.
The film is a modern, queer take on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” that also stars cast members Conrad Ricamora, Matt Rogers, Tomas Matos and Torian Miller. Margaret Cho also stars in the film as the lesbian owner of the house on Fire Island where the group of friends are staying. Rosin seemed to take issue with the character of Cho and the lack of female characters in general.
“#FireIslandMovie scores an F- on the Bechdel test in a whole new way,” Rosin wrote in a now-deleted tweet on Monday. “Are we just ignoring the dull lesbian stereotypes of cute gay Asian boys? Is this revenge for all those gay best friend years?”
On Twitter, Rosin was met with backlash.
Some on the platform called her out for using a measure of female portrayal in a film about gay male relationships.
“Can’t we do this, please?” a person tweeted. “This film presents several queer Asian men – who are vastly underrepresented in the media and presented only as flat, stereotypical supporting characters when sporadically present – as complex and nuanced leads.”
Several others joked about the failed Bechdel test.
“sold out,” wrote the official Twitter account of Grindr, an LGBTQ dating app, in a Tweeter. “I was up all night studying for the Bechdel test”
Another person joking tweeted: “couples of homosexual men do not pass the Bechdel test and are inherently sexist”
Even Cho replied to the tweet, saying, “Didn’t realize I was dull. I don’t identify as dull. B—- I’m fabulous!”
A day after being publicly reprimanded on Twitter, Rosin – who is also the editorial director of audio at New York Magazine – apologized on Twitterattaching a screenshot of his original tweet.
“I deleted a tweet that many of you rightly called offensive,” Rosin wrote in his series of tweets. “I read your responses and I hear you. My tweet was careless and thoughtless. Really. The film told a story of gay AAPI men, whose experiences don’t come up enough in the movies or anywhere else”
She continued, “What I had to say was irrelevant, let alone a buzzkill about a fun summer movie. It’s a cliche but the fact that I didn’t see it coming means I have a lot to learn.”
Hours after Rosin apologized, Alison Bechdel herself delivered the final verdict on the test she created.
“Okay, I just added a corollary to the Bechdel test,” Bechdel tweeted Tuesday night. “Two men talk to each other about the female protagonist of an Alice Munro story in a script structured on a Jane Austen novel = happening.”
In response, the official Twitter account of “Fire Island” had only two words to share: “WE PASSED!!!!!”