Brokeback Mountain.....No thanks
see "'Brokeback Mountain' leads Oscar field with eight nominations" (AP via SignOnSanDiego, 1/31/06)
I have two gay relatives (that I know of). I went to college in Manhattan and lived in Amsterdam and Sydney...all bastions of live-and-let-live non-judgmentalism. I am absolutely not homophobic, and I don't think there are any moral issues involved in someone's sexual preference (as long as it's with consenting adults). But at the same time I have less than no interest in seeing two guys kissing, much less whatever counts as "getting to second or third base" in that world.
So, I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain and it's unlikely that I will see it. It's like asking someone who doesn't like the sight of blood to watch surgery. He doesn't morally disapprove of surgery but that doesn't mean he wants to watch it. The idea of two guys fooling around gives me the willies. I'd rather watch surgery.
I can't be alone in this view. I bet it's the most common position of most heterosexual males.
I believe the movie received more oscar nominations than any other film because Hollywood is tweaking our noses and saying "Look how cool and open-minded we are!"
Here's my prediction: Enough straight men (and women) will have so little interest in seeing two cowboys in bed (or sleeping bag or corral or wherever) that Brokeback Mountain will have a much lower ticket sales jump than the average multi-nominated film.
It may be a good movie, but I don't need to see something which was apparently made specifically to test whether I'm "open-minded" enough to meet Hollywood's standards. They could have just asked me if I wanted to see Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out...and the answer is a fairly uncomfortable "No, thanks".
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