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YMMV / The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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  • Awesome Music: The gang performs "I Will Survive" for a group of Aboriginal people, with native instruments playing in the background, complete with didgeridoo.
  • Broken Base:
    • The film has come under criticism for the portrayal of the Filipina character, Cynthia. Melba Margison of the Centre for Filipino Concerns stated that Cynthia was portrayed as "a gold-digger, a prostitute, an entertainer whose expertise is popping out ping-pong balls from her sex-organ, a manic depressive, loud and vulgar. The worst stereotype of the Filipina." The creators have defended this but it's still very clearly sexist and racist. To make things worse, Cynthia is Filipino because she speaks Tagalog but the other characters see her as Japanese and her tape has her name written in katakana.
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  • I Am Not Shazam: Before watching the film, a lot of people mistakenly assume that Priscilla is the name of one of the characters rather than the bus.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Aboriginal man, Alan, performing with the gang during "I Will Survive" is onscreen for maybe a minute, but steals the show with his fabulous disco drag.
    • Cynthia, the Filipino stripper/prostitute.
  • Pop-Culture Isolation: Only Australians and Japanese will get how significant the Frilled Lizard is in Australian culture, and why they wear costumes made up like them.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Part of the entertainment since 1999 is seeing Ed Exley and Agent Smith (plus General Zod) as drag queens.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The scene where "AIDS, fuckers, go home!" is graffitied onto the bus. As Tick puts it, "No matter how tough I think I'm getting, it still hurts."
    • Tick re-closeting himself, looking horribly awkward dressed as a stereotypical straight man.
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  • Values Resonance: Deadnaming, in which a person is still called by their birth name despite considering their chosen name for their new identity the real one, has become much better understood as a serious breach of etiquette in the trans community, making Bernadette’s issues with it very sympathetic.


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