Musings in the Dark: Horror 103: Iconography—Kia Waterson


Horror 103: Iconography—Kia Waterson

Kia Waterson (Kelly Rowland) plays a stereotypical Black girl in Freddy vs. Jason with ONE major exception: she survives until the end. Hence me showing her just a little bit of love.

Everything about Kia’s characterization is typical: she’s the sassy Black best friend of the lead character, who is White, of course. Kia is obsessed with her nose; for some reason that is never expounded upon, she wants to get a nose job.

Kia does more than her fair share in terms of heavy lifting, including distracting Freddy from the protagonist. This loyalty ultimately costs Kia her life; while she’s shading Freddy, comparing him to Jason, Jason comes up behind her and kills her. But at least Kia made it to the end; she’s the last human to die. We don’t get many opportunities where this happens.


  1. I totally forgot about Kelly Rowland playing this role. I didn't like the way they offed her at all. Nothing about her character impressed me at all.

    All I can say is, get your paycheck girl.

  2. Precisely. She was written to be a pure stereotype. I hope she got paid well.


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