March 20, 2008

Sean Penn wraps up filming about gay martyr ...

... then makes a "gay" joke. And it's OK. How so typical for "progressives," eh?

"Harvey will be coming out soon," an extra assured the crowd in front of City Hall on a recent Sunday. They had gathered to be in a scene in "Milk"- the movie about the life and death of Harvey Milk - in which the San Francisco supervisor delivers an impassioned speech. It was really Sean Penn, of course, who plays the martyred supervisor, who would be appearing. But, this extra explained, because he's a "method actor," he wants to be called Harvey.

Appearing on the City Hall steps to deafening applause, Penn looked shockingly like Milk. He had his almost Grecian nose and dark wavy hair parted to one side and wore a tight T-shirt that showed off his muscles.

"Brothers and sisters, you must come out to your parents," Penn/Harvey shouted, pronouncing his vowels distinctly to sound like a New Yorker. "It may hurt them. But think how they could hurt you in the voting booth."

Penn would do eight takes of this speech all to loud applause from an indefatigable crowd, including people who had stood in the same spot 30 years ago listening to Milk urge gays to protect their rights from those trying to get gay-friendly legislation repealed.

"I almost wish Jerry Falwell were alive to see this. Almost," Penn shouted to the crowd. After dropping some names of conservatives who are still with us - "Bill O'Reilly, who is too stupid to talk about," and "Sean Hannity, the butt boy of Rupert Murdoch," Penn said, "We know something more. We know their end is near." (Link.)

Now why is that acceptable? In this context, "butt boy" is a slur not only of a gay relationship, but one of total subservience. Why weren't the homosexuals in attendance (whom I assume were quite numerous) angry at this comment by Penn? Why didn't they denounce his homophobia and insensitivity?

Answer: He is a "progressive."

Posted by Hube at March 20, 2008 07:14 PM | TrackBack

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Could it be that both Penn and the gays in attendance recognize that there is something wrong -- dare I suggest morally and biologically deviant -- about the particular act that Penn referred to?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 20, 2008 09:45 PM

Interesting psychological makeup you have there. You like to preach about true tolerance and acceptance, yet are so obviously bigoted. Yes, your words constitute bigotry.

I thought we were supposed to "Vote Republican" to get away from all of that?

Well, I do vote Republican. And I hope that Democrats understand that people like you do not represent what this party is truly about. Or at least, what it will be about in the decades ahead, as the Religious Right comes to realize that the war of intolerance it is waging is the fight of a previous generation. And it's a fight that is now all but lost. Good riddance.

Posted by: Regis at March 21, 2008 02:33 PM

Are you directing that comment to my post, or RWR's comment, Regis.

Posted by: Hube at March 21, 2008 03:20 PM

The comment, and its author.

As to your post: First, I never even thought of "butt boy" as being a homosexual slur. It has come to mean "brown-noser" more than anything.

Secondly, why would the lack of an angry response be surprising? Jokes/comments aren't taken as offensive when the messenger is either "one of them" or has a history of being a friend. And that seems sensible to me. Words can - and should - be taken more than one way. Words are not simply words.

Do you take offense when a member of your race or religious group makes fun of that race/group? Do you take offense when outsiders do? What factors would you take into account when distinguishing?

Take the example of your commenter, G. Rex, in another recent post. If his story is true, what happened to him was very wrong. The person he was speaking with about Ghandi took the measure of him as a man, and knew he meant no harm. The outsider did not. The outsider is wrong.

Posted by: Regis at March 21, 2008 03:41 PM

You never even thought ...? Are you serious? I understand the brown noser part, but its homosexual implications are quite clear.

At any rate, those were far-left liberals in attendance at Penn's speech, regis. These folks are the originators of PC speech control. These are the folks who want to ban the "N" word from use anywhere, etc. Just as conservatives who get nabbed in situations like Larry Craig did, these people are hypocrites of the highest order.

And yes -- I might take offense at something said about my own ethnic/religious group by same. It would depend on what was said.

Posted by: Hube at March 21, 2008 03:56 PM

Odd -- there is something bigoted about recognizing the correctness of traditional sexual morality? Or the fact that it is bizarre and deviates from the basic biological design of the human body to attempt to use the anus as a replacement for the vagina?

Interesting notion of tolerance you have there -- we all have the right to believe exactly as you do!

By the way -- I am not at all a part of the Religious Right.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 21, 2008 07:39 PM

Hube is just trying to make something out of nothing--typical conservative move. To set the record straight, "butt boy" means a person who brown noses and who is servile to another...Now, do you really want to try to convince us that "brown noser" is a homophobic slur too, Hube? come on, save us from such stupidity in reasoning.

Posted by: lakshimi at December 14, 2008 08:44 PM

No, I'm pointing out the hypocrisy of phony "progressives" on the issue of sensitivity and tolerance. Sorry, but "butt boy," despite the "brown-noser" analogy, is a reference to gay males as I noted and you know it.

Spare US your silly excuses, OK?

Posted by: Hube at December 14, 2008 08:48 PM