Thursday, March 6, 2014

In & Out

I saw Steve Martin on a talk show. He was asked if others in his family had their hair go grey at a young age. He said he couldn't answer because some had grey hair, but didn't have grey hair.

Contrast that with the guy I saw on a daytime talk show hosted by a doctor. The show discussed medical issues. A guy in the audience stood up. He asked if hemorrhoids were hereditary because his father had really bad hemorrhoids and he hoped he didn't get them, too.

You've just got to use your head about these things. Don't blurt out things on national TV about friends and family that they may not want the general public to know about.

Now I'm sitting here with In & Out on TV, the comedy starring Kevin Kline, inspired by Tom Hanks' Oscar acceptance speech for Philadelphia. Hanks thanked his old teacher-----who is gay.

Kevin Kline plays a high school teacher whose former student wins an Oscar for playing a gay character and makes a similar acceptance speech. He thanks his old drama teacher and adds, "And he's gay." Except that Kevin Kline is about to get married----to a woman.

That's the set up.

The movie was sort of big at the time, but it faded fast.

It seemed like a mainstream comedy, but it's under "Gay & Lesbian Movies" on Netflix.

With Bob Newhart, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck. Debbie Reynolds. Wilford Brimley.

I don't know if any of the people involved in the production were gay---some must have been just by random chance---but all the gay jokes, all the gay stereotypes, started to annoy me. I've heard that kind of thing from hetrosexuals who don't know any gays and have never been interested in gay issues. Now that gay rights are big, they want to show how hip they are to the gays. They start claiming they can spot gays, like Michelle Bachmann's husband. I heard one ostensibly pro-gay liberal point out Mitt Romney's mincing gait. I've heard Democrats, in the name of Russian gay rights, declare that Vladimir Putin must be gay because he hung around his dacha in the summer without a shirt. They think denouncing a man by calling him gay is funny when they do it.

I don't know if they think this sort of thing is a boon to gay youth. One of the guys behind the "It Gets Better" thing, telling gay teenagers that even if things are bad in high school, things will be better once they're out of that hellhole, was one of the people calling Marcus Bachmann gay for dancing with his wife.

Of all the things you can attack Bachmann for, why would you attack him for that?

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