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‘Gaslight’ sparks debate after Roxane Gay slams Nicole Kidman’s Lucy


Has the time period “gaslight” itself been gaslit?

Feminist writer Roxane Gay took to Twitter to complain that Lucille Ball — performed by Nicole Kidman, 54 — makes use of the time period “gaslight” in Amazon’s new movie “Being the Ricardos.”

Gay, recognized for her best-selling guide “The Bad Feminist,” appeared to assert that the time period wasn’t used within the Fifties when the film was set.

“There is no way she would have said that in the 1950s. How did that get through?” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, which has since amassed greater than 1,300 replies and almost 10,000 retweets.

But many weren’t in assist. Instead, customers tried to appropriate her, saying the term was actually inspired by the 1944 film “Gaslight.”

Author Roxane Gay sparked debate on Twitter when she complained that Lucille Ball — performed by Nicole Kidman, 54 — used the time period “gaslight” in Amazon’s new movie “Being the Ricardos.”
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Nicole Kidman in "Being the Ricardos"
Kidman performs Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos,” a brand new, Amazon-made movie.
Glen Wilson/Amazon Studios

“Does anyone check tweets before firing one off? Let me be the 234 person to say there was this 1944 film called Gaslight,” wrote one user.

“There was an episode of The Lucy Show where she got Mr. Mooney fired. She and her friend watch the movie and she gaslight’s Mooney’s boss to get the job back,” tweeted someone else, referencing this 1956 episode of “I Love Lucy.”

And for some time Gay, 47, caught to her level, even calling it “a bad screenplay, period” in one other since-deleted tweet.

“Guys come on. It wasn’t part of the vernacular then,” Gay responded, including in a later post, “The audacity of y’all defining gaslighting to me. Really just that’s the straw breaking this camels back.”

Other individuals on Twitter jumped to Gay’s protection, claiming the time period wasn’t generally used within the ’50s.

Gaslight movie
Twitter customers claimed the time period “gaslight” got here from the 1944 film.
Courtesy Everett Collection

Journalist Evie Nagy chimed in, saying it wasn’t launched into vernacular till later and that the Twitter stir Gay’s remark brought on turned a “gaslighting inception.”

One consumer additionally discovered a Google pattern chart exhibiting that using the time period “gaslight” didn’t acquire reputation till the 2000s.

Even TV host Andy Cohen, 53, gave his two cents, tweeting, “I brought this up on the radio yesterday – I one hundred percent agree! People called in mentioning the movie “Gaslight” however NO.”

However, in the end, Gay chided commenters for inflicting an “absurd” firestorm and supplied a half-hearted mea culpa.

“While I’ve been sleeping you guys have made gaslight trend. This is absurd,” she wrote late Thursday morning. “You want me to say I am wrong so you can put me in my place? That’s fine. I’m wrong. You experts on I Love Lucy and gaslighting are right. Thanks for the education. Happy Holidays and stay safe out there.”



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