Mean Girls | Insensitive joke cut from the film’s digital release

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The new Mean Girls film is heading to digital but Paramount has wisely removed a joke that offended original star Lindsay Lohan. More below. 

Despite mixed reviews and trailers, which didn’t really make it clear it was a musical, Mean Girls has had a very successful run at the global box office. The film has grossed over $100 million worldwide, but it also caused some controversy upon release. 

Lindsay Lohan, who played the main role of Cady Heron in the original 2004 film, was said to have been “hurt” by a joke in the film. 

The “joke” in question happens during a montage which showcases online videos made in Cady’s (played by Angourie Rice in the new film) support. 

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, playing herself, is shown in a video saying “We are going back red. Y2K fire crotch is back!”

The term “fire crotch” was famously used as a derogatory nickname for the red-haired Lohan in the early 2000s after socialite Brandon Davis used the term while making comments about Lohan’s body. At the time of Mean Girls’ release in January, the line garnered a lot of criticism and Lohan’s representative commented on it. 

“Lindsay was very hurt and disappointed by the reference in the film,” Leslie Sloane told The Messenger in January. Lohan also appears in the new Mean Girls as the moderator of the Mathletes competition, but was seemingly unaware of the line. 

Now, as Mean Girls is heading to digital, Paramount has removed the line altogether. As reported by Variety, the film now cuts to Megan Thee Stallion laughing after saying “We are going back red.”

Variety has seemingly seen the new version of the film, but Paramount hasn’t officially commented on the matter. Entertainment journalist Kristen Maldonado has tweeted a video of the scene. 

Lohan hasn’t commented on the removal of the joke either, but it does seem to have been in very bad taste to leave such a line in the film.

There’s no word on when Mean Girls might be available on digital in the UK, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

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