While posting an Instagram update on June 28 celebrating the digital release of The Fate of the Furious – the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise – actress Michelle Rodriguez threatened to quit the series unless she and the other women in the films were shown “some love,” reports Fusion.
“F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise,” wrote Rodriguez in her post.
“It’s been a good ride & I’m grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”
It’s not clear if the actress made famous by the car-enthusiast-bred movie series is claiming abject sexism has occurred in the workplace or if she is seeking greater remuneration for herself and fellow actresses on set.
A previous statement made by Rodriguez to Entertainment Weekly appears to add context to the actress’ concerns, however, pointing toward sex-based workplace grievances rather than pay.
“On day one, I [changed] the character from being something that I could not do in front of millions of people into a character that I’m actually proud of, but at the end of the day, what message are we sending out there for women? It does weigh heavy on my head—especially in the male-dominated environment that I work in,” said Rodriguez in the interview.
It’s not clear if the Fast & Furious franchise will issue a statement pertaining to Rodriguez’ remark, but we’ll be sure to update this post if it does.
(Fusion, Entertainment Weekly, and Instagram)