Discontent in Gay Hollywood
Stereotypes About Gay Men
I know that I could see the movie and not make assumptions about all gay men. I realized, after the information today, that it is possible that not all viewers will be that way.
How Will You See It?
I hope that those who see this movie will see it as an over-the-top set of gags based on stereotypes and not as an accurate portrayal of gay people. That seems obvious to me, but I guess for people who don’t actually know (that they know) anyone who is gay, it could be problematic.
Do You Know (that you know) Anyone Who Is Gay?
You Know (and probably love) Someone Who Is Gay
I do believe that the more people realize that everyone knows (and, probably loves) someone who is gay, there will be more and more acceptance and eventually equal rights for all.
Is Bruno Queerface?
That’s the question asked in these videos. Is Bruno too extreme in its stereotypes? Is it ‘Queerface’ (a new word for the English language, similar to Blackface).
Maybe I Was Wrong
I expected it to be funny, in the way that over-the-top Southern movies are funny. But, I understand that it’s all a matter of perception. I know that over-the-top Southern movies play on stereotypes, but they are not an accurate portrayal of everyday life in the South. People who did not grow up here might not experience the humor from the same perspective.
Laughing With or Laughing At?
Some of the people in the videos expressed a concern about whether the audience will be laughing with gay people or at gay people. Now that my attention has been drawn to this point, I can see this concern.
Will Bruno Mean a Slide Backwards for Equality?
That’s another concern that was voiced in the Queerface videos. Is the stereotyping used in the movie simply funny, or will it reinforce prejudices against gay people?
What do you think?
UPDATE: July 14, 2009 More about Bruno:Brüno, Marvin and Me Bruno Iz Hot Or Not?// <![CDATA[//
// <![CDATA[//Barbara Walters Reviews ‘Bruno’: ‘Pornographic’ With ‘Close Ups Of Penises’ (VIDEO)