Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A Comment on The Golden Globes

I am the last guy in the world who should comment on show-biz awards shows. Tell you the truth, I don't watch many movies. It usually just seems like there are better things to do with my time. And ... I don't really know what the Golden Globes are. I know the Grammies, of course, the Oscars ... of course. I try to catch the CMA Awards, but I miss it sometimes. I have some idea what the Emmys are, that's for TV shows, right? But the Golden Globes, I dunno, but it's obviously a big deal in Hollywood.

Last night my wife and I watched some of the Golden Globes presentations. Well, she fell asleep before the "big" ones at the end, but I saw them.

Felicity Huffman (who I never heard of before, I guess she's on "Desperate Housewives," which I've never seen) won Best Actress in a Drama for her role as a male to female transsexual in "Transamerica." Then Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for playing Truman Capote -- it seems to me Capote was one of the first obvious, unabashedly gay people to appear on national television, if you old-timers remember the days of Dick Cavett -- in "Capote." And then, Best Drama was "Brokeback Mountain," which is about a love affair between two cowboys. Of course, I haven't seen any of these movies, just like every other year.

But, even I can see ... this was remarkable.

Here in Montgomery County, we have this little group complaining about "pro-homosexual" this and that, anytime anybody gay does something they have to make some big deal out of how horrible it is. They insist you can't talk about it in school, they'll tell you that gay people spread germs and eat poop, that they molest children, they'll tell you that transgender people are mentally ill, homosexuality should be a mental illness except for the gay agenda taking over the APA ... It's weird. They are so paranoid about anybody different from them, and it's so irrational, but they make so much noise that you have to spend time and energy dealing with it.

Let me point out to you: the revolution has happened already.

Straight people might not know much about sexual variations, and may be uncomfortable with some of it, but the fact is, people understand that some of their friends and neighbors are ... just ... that ... way. It doesn't matter what science says, or what some Bible verse says, Joe down the street is an OK guy, and so is his "friend" Allen. And they have pretty good kids, too.

The schools are lagging, because they are afraid to offend anybody. But society has leapt past this prejudice; people really just don't care any more about freaking out over somebody's sexual identity or orientation. It'll be okay now to tell students what's going on.

The world has gotten over it, now it's time for Montgomery County.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I saw Brokeback Mountain over the weekend. It was a compelling story of the sadness that comes when people are forced, or feel forced, to hide their true selves. Not just the two main protagonists, but the women they marry, as well.

It would be such a tragedy if people were pushed back into the closets which have caused so much unhappiness.

Still, with all the sadness, Brokeback Mountain is worth seeing. It is a story beautifully and skillfully told. We saw Good Night and Good Luck, and it was a fine movie. But Brokeback Mountain was exceptional.

January 17, 2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

It would be such a tragedy if people were pushed back into the closets which have caused so much unhappiness.

David, I think the revolution has happened already. Word is out: gay people are people. All the Family Blah Blah groups in the world can't undo that.


January 17, 2006 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But society has leapt past this prejudice;"

Yes, I always notice how much the movies in Hollywood seem like real life. If I want to know where society is, the first I do is watch the Golden Globes.

Jim, the Golden Globes are a lowbrow version of the Oscars. They're well attended by actors, though, because unlike the Oscars, you can get drunk while you watch the presentation. Apparently, it's common while voting too.

Brokeback Mountain is very unrealistic. It's hard to believe someone as aggressive as JG would be the passive partner and also would not be promiscuous. A fairy tale for the gay agenda dreamers.

January 17, 2006 8:04 PM  
Blogger Kay2898 said...

anonymous said,It's hard to believe someone as aggressive as JG would be the passive partner and also would not be promiscuous


Assumptions...??????? Reminds me of the assumptions CRC would like to have taught about gays, etc.

January 17, 2006 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, get over it. Nobbody but you care if somebodys gay. It really doesnt matter.

January 17, 2006 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous, get over it. Nobbody but you care if somebodys gay. It really doesnt matter."

I don't care either. People can do what they want. We don't need to teach kids lies about it. I also don't think it's anyone's "true self", as David does.

Some people still have integrity and won't lie about science to push a social agenda. Get over it.

January 17, 2006 10:54 PM  
Blogger Alex K. said...

These people talking about homosexuality being a disease...

Sounds a little like what the Nazis said, doesn't it?

January 17, 2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon the idiot said:
Some people still have integrity

uhh... that would not be you.


January 17, 2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger digger said...

Anonymous' comments about brokeback mountain (the stereotype about the "aggressive" JG not being believable as the "passive" partner, and not being promiscuous, clearly shows that he knows nothing, absolutely nothing, about gay men. Just nothing. We're really not like what they tell you wherever you get your information.

Anonymous prates on and on about science, proof, studies, investigations, and all that, asking for others to prove his opinions wrong. I'm not sure if he really wants to know. There a simple solution to finding out whether being gay is a choice or not: ask gay people. Go to events where there are a lot of gay people (gay rodeo, softball, tennis, gay games, roller skating, bowling, etc.), talk to people, and just ask them "when did you first know", or as one of my students once asked me "when did you choose to be gay." Almost all of the people will tell him it's not a choice, I knew ever since I was a little kid.

Or, if anonymous doesn't want to meet actual gay people, he or she can read the hundreds (thousands?) of books written on coming out. All his arguments about science, proof, his unkind comments about hypocricy and integrity, are just silly. All he has to do is ask people. Not everyone will tell him it's a choice (not everyone believes the world is round), but almost everyone will. Most gay people are not activists (most can't be, given work and family situations), but they can describe their own feelings and experiences.

I tell you what, my friend anonymous: send me an email, and we can get together and talk about this, rather than debate endlessly and unkindly online. I'll take you to lunch or dinner (I have a great deal on sushi, if you like that). If you really want to know something about gay people, take me up on the offer. I'm afraid you won't (I think the debating online is too much fun), but maybe you will.

By the way, I enjoy reading this blog, for much the same reason that I enjoy reading the Washington Times and the National Review. It's good to see what other people think.



January 18, 2006 7:43 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

The Golden Globes are not voted for by drunk actors. It is the foreign press. I am sure anon will find some rude silly thing to say about that as well.

As to integrity, anon- well, I know it still exists but it is not something I would credit you with having. Somehow, hiding behind anon(which makes me sure you are a CRCer or a certain former Einstein parent), calls your integrity into question.

January 21, 2006 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Haven't been reading the site for the last week or so but I see you asked me out to dinner. Let me know your e-mail address and we can discuss.

Somewhere Man

January 23, 2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger digger said...


My email is rrigbyjr@yahoo.com. I'm looking forward to it. I tend to be much more available on Fridays and weekends than during the week.


January 23, 2006 2:56 PM  

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