Legally Blonde writer, Karren McCullah Lutz, slams New York Times article that claims original movie was about lesbian romance but was ultimately cut because homophobia.
New York Times published fake news about a early noughties chick-flick Legally Blonde claiming that it was originally a lesbian love story that was shutdown by bigoted Hollywoood producers — however — the screenplay writer says that’s just not true at all.
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film written by Karen McCullah. It was initially based on Amanda Brown’s 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge. However, New York Times reached out to lesser known actress, Jessica Cauffiel, who was also in the film and alleged that the movie was originally about lesbian romance.
“The first ending was Elle and Vivian in Hawaii in beach chairs, drinking margaritas and holding hands,” she shared. “The insinuation was either they were best friends or they had gotten together romantically,” Cauffiel said.
The New York Times article implies that this scene didn’t make it into the final final cut because of sexism and homophobia and that it was changed to just show that the two main characters became friends. The Legally Blonde screenwriter responded to the article and said that quoted actress wasn’t correct.
“This isn’t true. I wrote the movie. I’m in the picture you just posted. The actress quoted in the article [Jessica Cauffiel] is incorrect,” McCullah responded.
McCullah also responded to people who were “enraged” that a homophobic audience were too offended with “original ending” by debunking the rumours.
This rumor is untrue so don’t be enraged— Karen McCullah (@KarenMcCullah1) July 8, 2021
There’s a chance that some are confusing the movie for the 2007 Legally Blonde musical which featured a lot more LGBTQ friendly scenes.
Karen McCullah is also famously known for writing other classic rom-coms such as 10 Things I Hate About You (the movie that turned Australia’s late, great and dearest actor Heath Ledger into a Hollywood heartthrob), She’s The Man (starring Amanda Byrnes), House Bunny, and The Ugly Truth.