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Monday, March 6, 2006

It's Hard Out Here For A Homo

I am amazed, but not surprised, by the martyr like caterwauling of the homosexuals who had their entire sense of self-worth wrapped up in how well Brokeback Mountain did at the Academy Awards.

Not only are they screeching about BBM not winning Best Movie, they are tearing down the other gay themed movie, Capote, that won an award for Best Acting with Philip Seymour Hoffman! Read some of their dramatic ranting here. Some selected comments:
I was furious. I am biased but Crash was not better. Best Director for Ang but not best film? Pah!
--Posted by: Rob (lrdarystar) | Mar 6, 2006 12:11:59 AM

im upset...but wasn't it tony curtis who said a few weeks back that john wayne would be in his grave if he saw "brokeback?" i think that about sums up the reasons "crash" won. homophobia is alive and well, even in "liberal" hollywood.

--Posted by: cafegogo | Mar 6, 2006 12:21:04 AM

They didn't want to give it to a movie that showed Gay Men as normal human beings. They like to reinforce stereotypes. (Hoffman played Capote as an evil, conniving, asexual freak who would not even kiss his life partner.) It is homophobia at is worst.

And Crash was not even a good movie.
--Posted by: Maxstar | Mar 6, 2006 12:24:21 AM

I think the Academy played it safe. If Brokeback won BEST PICTURE, could you imagine the backlash on Hollywood from very vocal anti-gay establishment? With the administration as it is and several states considering further anti-gay legislation, I think business won over artistry and that is a crime. The safest way to acknowledge this piece of art was to award BEST DIRECTOR to a straight man...to award screenplay and score...but no acting awards, because that would be pushing it as well. Just my opinion.
--Posted by: Gregory A. Tittle | Mar 6, 2006 1:12:21 AM

5 comments:

Chad 3/06/2006 12:45:00 PM  

Bigotry! Oppression! Homophobia! Fascists! It's Bush's fault!

Oh Downtown Lad... where are you when we need you most!!?!?!

Kevin 3/06/2006 02:04:00 PM  

Look! Up in the sky! It's a poofter, it's a pixie, it's Downtown Lad!

Downtown Lad is on the way!
Here she comes to save the gay!

Shawmut 3/07/2006 11:08:00 AM  

Perhaps it's a more signal example of how mercenary Hollywood really is. They'll ride on any theme: if it's moving, they'll race it; if it slows down, they'll kick it. The Academy, et al., have the industry to consider. And that means what the market will bear.
It's not as though the social message isn't ledger-based. Superstars and wide angle directors don't live in quonset huts.

Jimmi 3/08/2006 12:02:00 PM  

I have to agree I don't think that Crash was "Best Movie of the Year" material, however I asked myself honestly, was Brokeback? It was a good movie however “Best Movie of the Year” I am thinking it probably wasn’t. I haven't seen Capote, however I can imagine that Seymour did a great job as I think he is a brilliant actor. What to say other than I think that people hold stuff like this so dear because they need something to make themselves feel part of society. Myself? I just live and enjoy what I have. It is 200 times better than when I was gay youth. The academy is a joke anyway but that is another story.

Patrick 3/08/2006 11:24:00 PM  

It's not as though the social message isn't ledger-based.

Haha. He said "ledger-based." get it? Ledger? Heath Ledger.

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