Faye’s bebop cowboy outfit is more complicated than it looks
We just got our first look at Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, and as you might expect, the conversation immediately landed on Faye. In the original anime, Faye shows off a lot of skin, wearing cropped shorts, a plunging crop top, and a jacket that hangs down from her shoulders and is tied to her stomach. In the new show, her crop top is taller, her shorts are longer and she wears the jacket correctly, plus her ankle boots have been replaced with thigh high boots and she wears tights underneath. Simply put, Faye wears more clothes.
I have to admit that my first reaction was to be flippant. I thought of inviting you into my garden, where there is grass to touch. Maybe I would share my secret internet hack, where typing “boobies” in the search bar brings up naked women. If you’re still bubbling over with rage that the nude anime chick wears pantyhose, I’ll point you to the two insults above, but there are more nuances than it seems at first glance.
I understand why Faye’s outfit was changed. I’ve seen a lot (a lot, a lot) of cosplayers dress up as Faye over the years, and while many of them deliberately sexualized her, it’s hard to accurately translate her outfit and make her look like anything. that a real woman would consciously choose. carry. It’s the future and fashion is different and everything in between, but Spike wears a suit. Jet wears standard worker’s overalls with the sleeves cut off. Sure, Faye is younger and more fashionable, but her anime look would seem out of place if recreated straight away.
Having said that, the Netflix adaptation has gone in a different direction, and I can see the nuance in people getting pissed off. Faye is a character who deliberately wears light clothing to subconsciously disarm opponents. She both revels in her underdog status and complains about not being taken seriously, and the way she dresses is a big part of that. It wouldn’t need to be a literal one-on-one of her outfit, but Daniella Pineda’s Faye doesn’t like skimpy outfits at all. We see a small slice of belly, then nothing above the neck.
Of course, even talking about Faye in this way is disgusting and humiliating for Pineda. As we’ve only seen stills, we have no idea what the moving costume looks like or how Pineda captured the character. While her outfit was a key part of who she was, it seems insulting to Pineda to suggest that she hasn’t fully captured Faye’s full shade because she keeps her thighs, stomach, or elbow covered.
Realistically, even without giving us the exact outfit in the anime, the live-action adaptation could have relied on the idea of Faye wearing revealing clothes and doing something with that idea. I understand the fear of sexualizing the character and playing in the male gaze, but avoiding a clear part of Faye’s character on that fear only underscores the idea that women are not free to dress as they like. Whether wearing revealing clothes they are bitches looking for attention, male approval, sex, or teasing. That Faye doesn’t have the freedom to dress as she wishes implies, in the darkest interpretation, that women who dress like Faye “ask.”
Many celebrities have suffered the same indignity. Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Bella Thorne, Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Ariel Winter, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Ratajkowski … wearing outfits that show a similar amount of skin.
It’s hard to criticize Netflix for choosing to change Faye’s outfit. Ed isn’t there at all, and while it makes sense that Ed wasn’t there from the start, if you shout about precision, an entire character missing is more important than some pantyhose. The outfit needed to change, it probably didn’t need to change that much. Pineda is still instantly recognizable as Faye, but by being covered up we lose some of her visual characterization. It is a difficult line to walk.
Mostly, the problem with the change criticism means that I cast my voice with vagina bone lovers, and… no. No, I won’t do that. Again, there are weeds that need to be touched and boobies that need to be googled. Faye’s outfit probably didn’t need to change that much, but she’s still clearly Faye Valentine, and I’m more excited than ever for the live action Cowboy Bebop.
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