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#ByeFelicia gets an uncomfortable new origin story in 'Straight Outta Compton'



The phrase "Bye, Felicia" was first heard in Ice Cube's 1995 cult-classic film Friday, and it eventually went on to become a popular Internet meme. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.'s biopic, provides a fictionalized version of the moment that phrase was first uttered.

Per NYMag: "A young Dr. Dre is in his room while a party rages in the crew's hotel suite. Suddenly, two armed men start pounding on the door — one of them is looking for his girl, Felicia. Dre slams the door, walks into the next room looking for Felicia, whom he finds fellating Eazy-E. Ice Cube, Dre, and Eazy-E grab some guns, reopen the door to confront the two intruders, and inform them that Felicia was too busy sucking someone else's dick to come to the door. After the two intruders run down the hall, Eazy-E grabs Felicia — who is wearing nothing but a hot-pink thong — and pushes her out into the hotel corridor by the head. As the door slams, Ice Cube deploys the very first 'Bye, Felicia.'"

The author of the article stated that the audience at her screening thought it was hilarious and the scene was "met with major laughs." She called director F. Gary Gray to ask how the scene came to be.

Apparently it was Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr's, idea and the scene was shot spontaneously one night. Gray's response: "That just happened to be a fun moment that we capitalized on during the process of shooting. Some people may feel like it’s the origin of 'Bye, Felicia,' but it’s a fun moment, a wink and a nod to the original Friday and a little bit of fun. It's one of the funniest moments in the movie."

She asked Gray how he was able to "reconcile the fun pop-culture reference with a moment of degradation" and he replied: "I wouldn’t try to reconcile it at all. If you're looking to be politically correct in entertainment, especially as it relates to comedy, that's the end of entertainment. If people want us to make entertainment in a certain way, you tell me how we should have shot the scene. That’s just an awful question. You know. It's like, if Oprah says it's a powerful movie, and we know how she feels about how women are depicted in film and entertainment and things like that — I feel like you're digging. We should be focusing on how the police are treating innocent American citizens. What about that? Let's talk about something as important, if not more important, if you really want to go there."

Read the whole article at the source.

credit to mistress_f for bringing this up in another post

Tags: black celebrities, bye felicia, sexism
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