Also.Also.Also: Legally Blonde Came THIS CLOSE to Having a Gay Ending, What like It’s Hard?

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What, like it’s hard?

Elle Woods saying the iconic line "What like it's hard?" in a gif from Legally Blonde

Today The NY Times published an oral history of the making of Legally Blonde, and this tidbit that the original movie almost had a (subtly) gay ending has sent our networks aflame and maybe yours, too? Here’s the deal:

“The first ending was Elle and Vivian in Hawaii in beach chairs, drinking margaritas and holding hands. The insinuation was either they were best friends or they had gotten together romantically”

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Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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  1. I love Legally Blonde, I’ve seen it so many times I can quote it! I wish that ending or something similar could’ve happened. Also, this might be kinda silly I’d love to be Vivian one Halloween. All I need is a girlfriend who wants to be Elle!

  2. i have been hollering for YEARS that elle and vivian are the true romantic arc of the legally blonde cinematic universe!!

    they’re even gayer in the musical- professor stromwell was cut and the salon scene was given to vivian, meaning that she’s the one that encourages elle to go back to court. she literally sings “you’re my new muse” which is impossible to say heterosexually

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