We knew they were going to eff this show up royally!
basterdization reimagining of UK smash series Skins hasn't even finished filming, and yet there's already some pretty HOrrific news regarding some changes made to the characters!
Almost all of the main characters from the first season of the series have been kept the same, with a few name changes (Sid is now Stanley, Anwar is now Abbud, Jal is now Korean and named Cho, and Cassie is Cadie).
Early casting sides also described the Maxxie character as an openly gay Latino boy, Teo.
However, we've gotten wind that somewhere down the line, Teo was changed into a LESBIAN cheerleader named Tea!
And worse yet, according to a recent version of the pilot episode - which they're directly ripping off from the first one in the UK series - they haven't even bothered to redefine Maxxie's relationship with Chris and Anwar now that it's a lady.
Here's an excerpt:
INT. SPORTS HALL. MORNING
Cheerleaders are rehearsing a stupid, but intangibly arresting routine in an otherwise empty hall. Track down the line of loveliness. Somewhere a phone is ringing.
CHEERLEADERS: (CHANTING) Roundview… We love you!!! Aha! Ahu! Love you, Roundview!! Say what?!! Say Huh!!! Say what! Say huh!! Say who! Roundview…!
The camera comes to rest on TEA (17), an unusual looking but nevertheless beautiful girl.
The CHEERLEADERS spin out into immaculately coreographed individual spins and group turns. TEA presses a BLUETOOTH RECEIVER. Cheerleader continues around her.
TEA: Hey Tony…
TONY: [PHONE] Forget the big gay night out Tea. We need you.
TEA: Sorry Tony, I promised Chris and Abs I’d take them on a voyage of wonder and discovery…
Once again, we feel as though this is another case of the US unable to handle an honest depiction of a male gay teen character!
What do U think?? Should Maxxie have been changed to a girl??
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