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11/6/2005

The Gay Cowboy Movie

Filed under: General,Media,Society — Dangerous Dan @ 11:10 pm

Having not seen the independent film Brokeback Mountain, I really don't have an opinion on the movie itself or the quality of it. But when I read that it will have explicit sex scenes, it doesn't make me want to see it. It's not because they're gay sex scenes (although I'll admit, that doesn't help), but because I'm not a big fan of movie sex scenes in general. I don't think this out of prudery so much as that they rarely add anything substantive to the film. Showing a full-out love-making session hardly ever advances the plot or helps develop the characters in any meaningful way that a substantially shorn down or intimated version couldn’t impart. Some people excuse them by saying that's real life, which to me doesn't help considering that 95% of movies don't portray real life. Nor do sex scenes portray how real sex is had. There are also plenty of real-life events (some of which I may do) that I don’t care to see. I’m familiar with the real-life experience of taking a dump, for example, and so is nearly everybody else on the planet, but that doesn’t mean that I care to see it portrayed in the theatre (except, perhaps for comedic effect).

Movie-makers don’t normally use sex scenes for the story’s sake, they instead use them as an opportunity to spark popular interest in their film through prurient interest, or to create buzz in that somebody is being honest about sex! That's why this movie is already irritating me.

And there's this:

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS critic Jack Mathews predicts the gay cowboy movie, which takes place in Wyoming, may be "too much for red-state audiences, but it gives the liberal-leaning Academy a great chance to stick its thumb in conservatives' eyes."

Gosh, considering how low the box office revenues have been, it seems like a great idea to poke red states in the eye. Brokeback Mountain certainly seems like an idea right out of the liberal playbook. Take a manly icon, turn him gay (which is not traditionally seen as manly), show that they're still manly, and throw in explicit sex scenes on the excuse of being "real" and "honest." Then wag fingers at anybody who doesn't like it and accuse them of being intolerant. We can soon expect similar films about bikers, policemen, construction workers, and Indian chiefs. Then all the Village People will have been worked through and the manly icons they mocked brought low for the sake of realism. There have certainly been gay cowboys, but that’s not the point of this film. The choice of a manly icon that is representative of country folks and rural red state America (not to mention the current White House occupant) was not coincidental. This is liberals taking a shot at the red stater’s perception of themselves.

There's also this prescient bit from a South Park episode:

Cartman: No dude, independent films are those black and white hippie movies. They're always about gay cowboys eating pudding.

Wendy: No they're not. Independent films are produced outside the Hollywood system. They're movies without all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Cartman: Well, you show me one independent film that isn't about gay cowboys eating pudding.

No word on if there's pudding in the movie.

1 Comment »

  1. Mmm … pudding …

    Comment by Robbie — 11/7/2005 @ 9:39 pm

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