Update:Buttigieg walks back his criticism of LGBTQ+ media. The hammer, apparently, came down, or his advisors pointed out that LGBTQ+ media has been pivotal in gearing up gay fundraising for him. Others of us stand by our criticism, as below.
Books, Media, & the Arts
Dishonest and dissembling:
Will & Grace was a show about teaching tolerance. Today these people have zero tolerance for those who don’t think like them as Will calls for publication of a Hollywood enemies list. https://t.co/UcjGEVBgU0— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) August 31, 2019
McCormack’s original tweet: “Report on everyone attending the [Trump fundraiser], so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.” Not misinterpreted. https://t.co/dIqykZGcXM— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 4, 2019
When you contributed, nobody demanded you be put on a list so they could avoid employing you, did they, @Debramessing? Because that would be black-listing, wouldn’t it?— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 1, 2019
The hypocrisy is truly stunning. This is true fascism. https://t.co/Z4ClEHwmpl
You’ve become what you say you hate. https://t.co/56HJbiwPdO— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 9, 2019
Nice to see the university prez standing up to the social justice warriors.
“Not now, not at UArts.”— Caitlin Flanagan (@CaitlinPacific) April 13, 2019
This man is literally risking his job to stand up for our shared ideals.
Dr. Paglia, who identifies as a lesbian and had lived with a female partner for years, should be replaced by a queer person?— Steven Volynets (@StevenVolynets) April 13, 2019
Foolishness indeed. https://t.co/r4GEFoQzA1
Inept crew who protested Camille Paglia were not able to stop her lecture. Only a few protesters made it into hall. Must have been mystifying for them. Had to listen to her scholarly lecture on Nefertiti’s massive wig crown & 18th Dynasty Egyptian design. https://t.co/AJvU7MaMp8— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) April 13, 2019
“Homosexuality and disease and the closet isn’t the point, suffering and victimhood is not at their center, and ideology is pushed back in favor of simple storytelling. These are films in which a character’s sexuality doesn’t become the whole pathetic reason for the movie to exist. This is, remarkably, in American movies, a new thing.”
Last week’s live performance of the early ‘90s musical “Rent” on Fox TV made some changes to the original stage script by the late Jonathan Larson. Foremost among these, the character “Angel,” who Larson had written as a drag queen, was changed to a transwoman, which New York magazine’s Vulture site confirms.
In the original, Angel’s lover, Collins, referred to Angel as “he” in several pivotal scenes, including after Angel’s death, although in the original characters did use “she” when referring to Angel in drag.
As Vulture reports:
Again in an effort to fully establish Angel as a female-identifying character, Collins interrupted the bickering of “Goodbye Love” last night to express his sorrow: “I can’t believe she’s gone; I can’t believe you’re going,” he says, turning to Roger. In the original, he says of Angel, “I can’t believe he’s gone.”
There’s nothing wrong with having a transwoman as a character, but that’s not who Angel was. Collins, Angel’s lover, identifies himself a gay man who likes guys even if they like to cross dress.
A few years ago, a Fox TV version of “The Rocky Horror Show” cast a transwoman, Laverne Cox, as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, another character who was famously a drag queen transvestite and not, in fact, a transwoman. Which raises the issue of whether it is now too politically incorrect to allow presentations of gay men who are drag queens, even if that’s who they were originally meant to be.
As Andrew Sullivan wrote recently, “Contemporary transgender ideology is not a complement to gay rights; in some ways it is in active opposition to them.”
Matt Latimer writes:
At first, the film shows [Dick Cheney] lovingly accepting his daughter Mary as she tells him of her sexual orientation and even giving up his presidential aspirations to protect her. But later, in a scene that was clearly invented, the Mary accuses her parents of coldly throwing her under the bus on the issue of gay marriage when it suits their other daughter’s political purposes. The true backstory is this: Liz, running for office in Wyoming in 2013, was being attacked by fellow Republicans for supporting gay marriage, since she had a gay sister. Liz expressed opposition to same-sex marriage, putting her at odds with Mary’s view. While Dick Cheney himself had supported gay marriage since 2000, he issued a statement defending Liz’s differing stance. Same-sex marriage was a difficult topic for many people, so it wasn’t unusual for one daughter to have a different view of it than another and for a parent to still love them both. Not long before that, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party had opposed same-sex marriage, too. It was also perfectly understandable for a father to want to help his other daughter any way he could, and Liz was losing the race badly. This clearly painful, anguishing dilemma is not explained to viewers at all. Instead, we are shown Cheney, looking down absently, while a tearful Mary accuses him of betrayal.
In a 2015 profile for Rolling Stone, he once said one of his “biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”Also:
“Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic… Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will,” he previously explained.
Another Twitter user went to the great lengths of searching every time Kevin used the words “Fag,” “homo” or “gay.” They realized the comedian “seems to have basically stopped tweeting those words after 2011 — i.e. the year his first stand-up movie became a hit.”As CNN reported, after withdrawing from the Oscars, Hart posted an Instagram video in which he said:
“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. … If you don’t believe people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”Hart’s statement unleashed further controversy over whether this met the demands of a ritual apology, and the consensus was that it did not. The tweets from years past were homophobic and hateful, but Hollywood seems to offer a pass for past homophobia to those who are otherwise active social justice warriors and Democrats in good standing. Also, the issue of homophobia being more acute in the African-American community, perhaps especially among black men, is one about which honest discussion is not allowed (in 2008, when the anti-gay-marriage Prop 8 passed in California, those who pointed out that African-Americans voted overwhelmingly for Obama and for Prop. 8 where denounced for their racism).
“If Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars then no black comic is” https://t.co/pUrlK2ZbIF— Vulture (@vulture) December 9, 2018
More. Another day, another black guy who has to apologize: Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets. Is this helping or hurting black support for lesbian and gay equality and inclusion?
Forgive @KevinHart4real for no knowing the rules. After all, @JoyAnnReid made anti gay comments on her old blog. First, she apologized, then said–wait–she’d been hacked and hadn’t written the slams!; then said, ok, she wrote them–apologized again. And she has a show on @MSNBC!— Larry Elder (@larryelder) December 9, 2018
Imagine being angry at the discovery that acting involves actors pretending to be people they aren’t. https://t.co/JaRObC2Lve
— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) August 13, 2018