Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald
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[BRIEF NOTE] Another's cracked review of Brokeback Mountain

I tend to be rather amused by crazy right-wing people, in the sense of finding them and their positions laughable. (Left-wingers too, but different question.) It's for this reason that I was pleased to come across David Kupelian's review of Brokeback Mountain at World Net Daily, daringly entitled "'Brokeback Mountain': Rape of the Marlboro Man".

Kupelian actually managed to touch upon many of the major themes in Brokeback Mountain, like the profound alienation and disconnection experienced by the protagonists I noted in my review. This alienation and disconnection, harmig the protagonists (if they survive) and theirs is actually fairly common. If you'd like, compare Solomon and Gaenor, or perhaps the more famous Romeo and Juliet. True love thwarted ends up curdling life, and this seems to be common across orientations. I'm not sure where Kupelian got his idea that the film didn't show the suffering of Jack and Ennis' loved ones--anyone who saw Michelle Williams' potentially Oscar-winning portrayal of Ennis' wife would know that Kupelian was wrong.

I stopped being amused by Kupelian when I got to these paragraphs.

A "Brokeback"-type movie could easily be made, for instance, to portray a female school teacher's affair with a 14-year-old student as "a magnificent love story." And I'm not talking about the 2000 made-for-TV potboiler, "All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story," about the Seattle school teacher who seduced a sixth-grade student, went to prison for statutory rape, and later married the boy having had two children by him. I'm talking about a big-budget, big-name Hollywood masterpiece aimed at transforming America through film, just as Hitler relied on master filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to make propaganda films to manipulate the emotions of an entire nation.

In place of "Brokeback Mountain's" scene with the castrated homosexual, the "adult-child love story" could have a similar scene in which, as a young girl, the future teacher's mother took her to see the body of a woman who had fallen in consensual "love" with a 14-year-old boy, only to be brutalized, her breasts cut off, and bludgeoned to death – all by Nazi-like bigoted neighbors. (So that's why she couldn't be honest and open about her later relationship with her student.)


To this, I'd like to point the casual reader to Doug Janoff's Pink Blood, described in the Montreal Mirror, Metro News, and The Fulcrum, provides a superlative overview of homophobic assaults and murders in Canada. I can't speak to the situation in the US West, but I'd be surprised if things differed overmuch.

It is funny, isn't it, how much some people try to miss the point?
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