You’re just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That’s what you are. A bee charmer.
Two differing contemporary reviews of the film:
“The…trouble is the script’s implicit cowardice. Every attribute of the story of these two young women implies a lesbian attachment. For that lesbian love, Masterson rescues Parker, and that love warms their subsequent lives…But the screenplay omits any mention of this implied component.” - Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic
“[The filmmakers] show commendable tact and subtlety in the extraordinary friendship between Idgie and Ruth, allowing viewers to make up their own minds about the precise nature of the relationship.” - Abbie Bernstein, Hollywood Drama-Logue
FGT is a landmark film for many a queer viewer, presenting what appears to be a clear romantic storyline. It’s a nice change from the way lesbians are often presented in fetishized/oversexed ways in mainstream media, but in this case it may have been reigned in too much. It had to be watered down enough from its source material to qualify as a “women’s movie,” which is to say straight women, who the studio couldn’t afford to alienate. imo, the first reviewer is right - this is not commendable tact, it’s enforced cowardice.
My English II class is reading Fried Green Tomatoes and my teacher was trying to explain that the author never really says that the Idgie and Ruth were in love with each other.
Bitch….I’ve written about a married lesbian running for president in your class, the least you can do is say they gay. It literally says that Idgie loves Ruth. Loves her. IDGIE COMPARES THEIR LOVE TO RUTH’S SUPPOSED LOVE FOR A MAN.
Ruth and Idgie here were a surprise for jetgirl - if you don’t follow her, you should. You’re welcome in advance. She’s been dealing the fangirl to me and countless others for years. YEARS. Bask in the write-ups of her girlcrushes and discover shows/movies you had know idea you needed in your life. You’ll also be hard-pressed to find funnier, more endearing tags.