January 07, 2006

Maybe he'll get arrested for "hate speech"

Film critic Gene Shalit apparently panned the gay cowboy flick "Brokeback Mountain," and now the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is pissed off:

The veteran "Today" show critic has been taken to task by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation over his negative review of the gay cowboy western, in which he referred to Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack, as a "sexual predator" who "tracks Ennis down and coaxes him into sporadic trysts."

The group claimed that Shalit's statements, delivered during his "Critic's Choice" segment on Thursday's "Today" show, promoted "defamatory anti-gay prejudice to a national audience," (See? Told 'ya!) and criticized NBC News for providing the eccentric critic with a platform from which to air his views.

Indeed! How dare a major news organization provide a film critic with a platform to air his views! I mean, critics -- voicing their opinion?? Who ever heard of such a thing?

UPDATE (1/8 at 6:57pm): Dopey Jaime over at Down With Absolutes whines "I do not believe this resolves Mr. Shalit of his culpability in this":

Mr. Shalit may have indirectly contributed to these false notions of the “danger” related to homosexuality with his comments about sexually “predatory” behavior on the behalf of the amazing Jake Gyllenhal’s character.

In the comments, she goes on to note "... everyone is entitled to their opinions, as long as they aren’t clearly inflammatory or hate-directed."

Isn't that nice? We can all have opinions, but if someone -- whoever that may be -- deems them "inflammatory" or "hate-directed," you're NOT entitled to them. Hello Mr. Orwell. Jaime is a perfect example of the modern Left in action, people.

Elsewhere, a sensible lefty, Dan, offers his thoughts on "Brokeback."

UPDATE (1/9 at 7:12pm): Dan notes that Gene Shalit's son is gay, and that Shalit wrote a "loving op-ed" about him for the Advocate.

Posted by Felix at January 7, 2006 03:59 PM | TrackBack

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Yeah, I was kinda bummed over at DWA. I was doing a kinky, pretend to be a guy named woody thing and Jaime reveals my identity.
Now Ryan knows it was me calling him out for his left-wing conspiracy BS.
Who really thinks that the entertainment business has a "rock the culture" agenda? Not me. I think that they are capitalists going for the buck. Homo on the range? Maybe Ang Lee was going for the shock and awe factor but I just don't see the hidden plot to re-form hearts and minds in America. That is paranoid.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at January 8, 2006 09:31 PM

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