Is Brokeback Mountain a gay movie or isn't it?

That is the question. The critics are saying it's not, really. "I wouldn't even really call it a gay movie," Jeffrey Friedman, co-director of "The Celluloid Closet," a 1995 documentary about homosexuality in Hollywood, summed it up for the San Francisco Chronicle. And furthermore: "Calling this a gay cowboy movie really diminishes it." Ouch.

So the critics are saying it's about star-crossed lovers who just happen to both be men. And so far as I know, no one involved in the movie identifies as gay. Annie Proulx, the author of the short story on which the movie's based isn't, that I know of. Nor is Larry McMurtry, the screenwriter. Ang Lee, the director isn't. Heath Ledger isn't, either. I mean, come on, he's Australian. And married. And neither is Jake Gyllenhaal (according to Jake Gyllenhaal, at least). But still, it sure feels like a gay movie, somehow, to some folks.

Here are some reasons why it's probably not, though:

1) It's not called Bareback Mountain.
2) Beans. A lot of beans. Way too many beans.
3) No lube.
4) No product.
5) No waxing.
6) No chaps.
7) Doesn't Prada make a pup tent?
8) No Gloria Gaynor on the soundtrack.
9) Lots of Willie Nelson on the soundtrack.
10) Whatever happened to romance? Kissing first, then swapping blowjobs, then fucking?
11) Oh, and where's the money shot?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of your reasons Brokeback Mt. isn't gay, it's "3) No lube." that's most telling...

You see, the movie is best explained in a genre of fan fiction called "Slash" (look it up in the Wikipedia) which is traditionally written about two men by straight women for straight womens' enjoyment. Some 20-odd years ago science fiction writer Joanna Russ wrote a fascinating essay about Slash in which she explained her interpretation that one of the men was "coded" female and was standing in for the heterosexual women who wanted to read about sexual relations between two powerful equals. Lesbian sex wouldn't do since women weren't felt to be powerful, and an overtly heterosexual couple wouldn't work because of the skewed power dynamic between men and women.

So, Slash (given that name because of the "/" put between the two male characters' names) fulfilled hetero womens' fantasies...

Back to "No lube"... When these women wrote about sex between two men they left out the essential lube because in heterosex, with which they were familiar and which they were actually writing about, females have natural lubrication... Get it?

Do you get why this is being marketed as a women's movie like Titanic?

Do you get why the stars are being interviewed and written up as wonderful husbands and fathers? This is a Hetero-Woman's Fantasy big time...

Poor gay men... When are they going to make real movies made about them, for them?

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