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Sunday, November 20, 2005


Oscar: Out of the Closet

In what will probably become the most hysterical media chant of the season, the New York Times waxes rhapsodic about the bevy of LGBT performances by straight actors in contention for this year's Oscars. And by "bevy", I mean:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Peter Sarsgaard, The Dying Gaul

That's it...all of them. Six measly performances. That's the tsunami of queerness sweeping over Hollywood right now. Somebody call out the national guard, there's an invasion goin' on.

Don't get me wrong...I'll be thrilled to see these performances get nominated (except for Huffman's, which I didn't care for). But there's an insidious, subtextual gay panic at work in this article, that somehow gays are taking over and ruling the multiplex. There will be THOUSANDS of eligible performances this year for Oscar nominations, and to see six of them as a "trend" is unbelievably ridiculous.

Also driving me crazy: how every article on this trend makes sure to mention that the actors are heterosexual in 'real-life'. (Don't worry, Mr. and Mrs. America, we're not really queer! We're just acting!) While I don't want to deny a heterosexual's right to voice their sexuality, the need to state it is rooted in concerns of future marketability...the idea that a media star being gay is unacceptable to America. (Despite much evidence to the contrary...Ellen, Ian, Elton, etc.)
The flipside of this unacceptability is the media's voracious desire to keep closeted stars closeted -- no one goes on the record about Latifah, or Missy, or Tom, or Eddie. Because they're terrified of the repercussions.

Anyway...enjoy the Gay Trend, kids. Because once they establish us as a trend, they can declare us "over" in 2006 and beyond.


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