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Legally Blonde Wasn't Supposed to Have a Queer Ending After All

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We hate to be the crusher of dreams, but it looks like all of those news stories you've probably seen circulating online about how Legally Blonde was "supposed to" have a super queer ending are, in fact, not that true.

According to tweets from writer and author Karen McCullah, one of the screenwriters of the classic 2001 comedy film that helped launched Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon into superstardom, accounts of there being a queer ending to the movie are simply not true. 

Last week, the New York Times published a feature on Legally Blonde in honor of the film's 20th anniversary, and in the piece, they spoke to many of the movie's original actors who recounted what it was like creating and being a part of such a hilarious and empowering instant classic. One of the stars, Jessica Cauffiel (who played one of Elle's sorority sisters Margot) spilled all sorts of tea about how the "original" ending of the film saw Witherspoon's Elle and her enemy-turned-best-friend Vivian (Selma Blair) getting together while on vacation in Hawaii — and it was that small tidbit of info that had many media outlets writing about the queer potential Legally Blonde had. 

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

Unfortunately, that's not what the screenwriters remember. 

Karen McCulluah, who co-wrote other classic late '90s and early '00s hits like 10 Things I Hate About You, Ella EnchantedThe House Bunny, and She's the Man with her screenwriting partner Kirsten Smith, has been taking to Twitter to clear up any confusion about Elle and Vivian's relationship and an ending that never was, and when asked by a fan if she had any sources, she had a simple response: she IS the source. 

"I wrote the movie," she replied. "I'm in the picture you just posted. The actress quoted was incorrect."

While we're sad to hear that one of our favorite early '00s comedy films was not as queer as we thought it was (or was gonna be), Legally Blonde is still a very empowering and positive film and has a huge, undeniable LGBTQ+ following all these years later for a reason, so we'll still be happy to bend and snap whenever we see it playing on TV.

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