Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World


Posted by zaphriel on March 6, 2006

While I am on this long trip to nowhere, as with all of my business trips, I get a chance to see the world from a different perspective. On this trip, to beautiful Hampton Virginia, there is a strange mix of Northern and Southern culture. The people are pleasant and the weather is erratic, another true slice of America. And still even here, Hollywood is completely out of touch.

Speaking of Hollywood, I found the Oscars to be Under-Whelming, almost more than usual. One saving grace, they revered artificial and “powerful” race relations over forced acceptance of cowboy love. Narnia won one, and Clooney expressed his pride in being out of touch, inferring that because Hollywood once gave and award to a black person, that it has ever since always been right.

It’s not their fault really, in the most PC of traditions, I blame us. Not that we have a choice, other than to continue to patronize movies we do like and then sit in awe as they continue to award awards to those that don’t do so well, just so they feel better about themselves.

I am away from home, but I am still watching.

6 Responses to “Away…”

  1. Mark said

    Matt, you had a stronger stomach than I did. Even with a glass or two of Merlot under my belt, I couldn’t watch more than a few minutes of the Oscars. The son and I ended up watching Arena Football. A much better way to spend an evening, don’t you think?

  2. Gayle said


    “…forced acceptance of cowboy love” is a strong statement. An outstanding director, Ang Lee, made an outstanding movie. It was a very moving love story, from the great short story, which just happened to be about two men. People are free to watch the movie or not, as they choose. What is “forced” about that?

    There’s been lots of media attention, but there usually is over major motion pictures, especially those nominated for Oscars. This movie broke new ground because it WAS about two men in love. But, if you look beyond that, it was simply a well-made, well-acted movie, which deserved the honors it received. I can’t understand why everyone gets so up in arms over that.

  3. Matthew said

    Gayle, it’s a culture in Hollywood, everything PC is browbeaten into all who live there. I know, I used to live there. Making a movie and then applauding it to a pinnacle just because it has gay characters as the central theme, in Hollywood is forced. You are right in two aspects.

    I do have a right not to go see it; however its initial marketing did not betray its true theme. I originally saw previews for this movie, and knew it was a western love story, but was lead to believe it was of the traditional kind.

    Also, yes this movie was noticed mainly because it was about gay cowboys, and I believe that if it had been let to stand on it’s own merits it would have fallen flat on it’s box-office butt… however that could be just me.

    If it is such a good movie then it should have done well at the box office as well as with the critics. I am personally one who does not appreciate the academy awards; I think the public pretty much determines “Best Film” by their pocket books. No awards academy is required. And without the academy and their self patting backs, this movie that was soooo great would have languished in obscurity.

    So as for me, no I have no problem with the films existence, I have a problem with a self important organization that tells us what we should think, or more specifically what we should tolerate as “normal”.

  4. Mark said

    In all honesty, my problem with Brokeback was not so much the gay issue. That recieved the headlines of course. My issue was the glorification of adultery, and the message that “true love” allows one to do whatever one “feels” like, regardless of consequences.

    Imagine if the lead characters had not been gay, and one of the characters left his wife and children for another woman. Is that something to be glorified in the “name of love?” I don’t think so. Marriage is as much about committment as about love. Hollywood refuses to see this.

  5. Gayle said


    The public determining “best film” by their pocketbooks is about entertainment value and not artistic value. And there is artistic value in films, as well as in painting, music, sculpture, writing and lots of other areas.

    Most industries have some way of recognizing those outstanding in their field. Why should the film industry be any different. I think the awards show, in and of itself, is only a big deal for those who make it one.

    I, too, saw the original previews and thought this was a standard male-female love story. But now that I look back, I have to wonder if we weren’t just as responsible for that impression as the previews were. After all, love stories with gay themes are very rare. We expected to see a traditional love story, and so we did.

    Organizations tell us to believe things through their marketing every day. It’s not just the film industry. So, no matter what they tell you, it’s still up to you what to believe and disbelieve. Basically, all they do is put it out there.


    You’re right about marriage being as much about commitment as about love. However, a marriage that has one but not the other(no matter which is not present) can be a pretty empty thing. Having been in the field of psychology and counseling (and I remember that you are, too), I could hardly counsel any couple to remain together if they had no love in their marriage, but only commitment.

  6. Mark said

    Gayle, that’s interesting, and may be worth a couple of emails back and forth, to avoid boring the readers here at LJiC with “shoptalk.” While I agree with you up to a point, I’ve come to believe that “love” in a marriage is a subjective thing. A couple that believes they are committed to each other, regardless of feelings, can maintain a strong marriage through the worst crises.

    My problem with Brokeback was the message that it’s “okay” to leave your wife and kids because you feel like it. It wouldn’t matter to me if he was gay or straight. Leaving a marriage should be a hard decision, especially when there are children involved.

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