Why Kelly Rowland’s Controversial Freddy Vs Jason Line Is Still Debated 20 Years Later – /Film

Shannon and Swift’s decision not to confirm the origin of the line seems to be two-fold. On one hand, if Kelly Rowland did improvise the line, putting the blame on her would be throwing a Black woman under the bus for a line that would ultimately have to have had approval from the editor, director, and producers to stay in the final product. Putting it all on her would have allowed the rest of those involved to use her as a scapegoat, which reeks of anti-Blackness.

On the other hand, the line could have very well been at the suggestion of a producer or someone in a higher-up role, and calling them out publicly could have irreversible effects on the writers’ careers because we know how petty studio execs can be with writers seeking just treatment. There’s no definitive answer as to how this line got into the film, and regardless of whose idea it was, there is no singular person to blame for its inclusion.

I can only speak for myself, but I have happily worn a Freddy Krueger sweater to many Ugly Christmas Sweater parties over the years, a way to “don my gay apparel,” if you will. And without fail, whenever I enter the room, there has consistently been at least one fellow gay person who immediately realizes why I’m wearing the sweater for a Christmas party — a sign that this line has become “iconic” in queer circles. As is the case with any word used to harm a marginalized group, there’s no universally accepted way to handle or feel about a slur being used in a mainstream movie, which means there’s no right/wrong way to feel about it. 

And it is for this reason that slasher fans, especially queer ones, will never stop debating this line.

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