Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I'm in gay-rights activist mode

This article about Bareback Mountain from Charles Karel Bouley II in The Advocate resonated with me today. Here's an excerpt:

Seems Hollywood is full of more cowards than heroes. So yes, kudos to Jake and Heath and Ang. But let’s get to a point where we can talk about the movie itself, not the sexuality of the characters playing the roles, as Jake and Heath have been trying to do. And let’s also get to a point where playing a gay person is not more courageous than playing a child molester or murdering mob boss.

And to all you straight actors who want pats on the back for playing gay: Until you’ve lived gay, until you’ve been denied a job because of it, or had to hide in a Hollywood closet; until you’ve had your jaw smashed or watched a generation of your friends die of a disease while government did nothing (like in the Reagan era), don’t speak to me of courage.

It takes courage to be gay and out, not to play it.


At 3:12 PM, Blogger QuiQ said...

Wow. I'm glad I came across your blog. Your post is right on!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Genet said...

Thanks, quiq.

I'm sure the film is faboo and all, but the press about it is nauseating.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger QuiQ said...

You should know that the movie was mostly filmed in Alberta. Canada, as usual, made its contribution.

I know what you mean about the press. I suppose I see things differently since I've spent enough time in Texas and other ultra conservative parts of this country.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger PDD said...

Although I'm not gay, the Advocate article makes a fantastical point. And it's true, now a days playing gay is playing a hero or playing for an oscar. We are still very very young and behind.

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sausage has word : word

At 12:29 PM, Blogger PDD said...

... to ya brotha...


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