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Monday, March 13, 2006

"No Stories About Us, Without Us"

In his commentary, "When The Best Picture Is Not The Best Pick," writer Jeremy Bishop says many things with which I agree about this year's Best Picture Oscar going to "Crash" instead of "Brokeback Mountain." Before the ceremony, I told my friends I thought "Crash" was the better movie and wouldn't be disappointed if it won over "Brokeback." But, when that happened, I actually didn't feel content. I truly was disappointed.

Bishop hits right on the reason why:
"...After years of invisibility and misrepresentation of our community on the silver screen, once we finally, after (more than) 100 years of cinema history, have a film that has an honest and poignant tale of our love, without the typical Hollywood “gay plotline” requirements of either death by AIDS, LGBT people as serial killers or the wacky best friend to the straight couple in love, we want to see our relationships recognized."
And his call to action is spot on:
"It’s time to turn our sadness into action. It’s time we wait not for Hollywood to push itself, but we give Hollywood a nice little kick in the ass.… (O)ur mantra should be a simple one, 'No stories about us, without us.' It’s time for Hollywood to recognize our relationships, with us in them."
Read his entire article on PageOneQ, here.

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