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Golden Globe winners spark righteous anger
Times Online ^ | 1/18/06 | Chris Ayres

Posted on 01/17/2006 5:23:00 PM PST by madprof98

CHRISTIAN groups led a furious campaign against Hollywood yesterday, accusing the Golden Globe Awards of promoting films with gay or “leftist” themes to serve a political agenda.

The criticism was made after Brokeback Mountain, a film about the forbidden love between gay Wyoming cowboys, won four awards. Other winners included Philip Seymour Hoffman, named Best Actor for his portrayal of the homosexual writer Truman Capote; and Felicity Huffman, the Desperate Housewives actress who played a transsexual with a gay prostitute son in Transamerica.

“Once again, the media elites are proving that their pet projects are more important than profit,” Janice Crouse, of Concerned Women for America, said. “None of the three movies — Capote, Transamerica or Brokeback Mountain — is a box office hit. Brokeback Mountain has barely topped $25 million (£14.2 million) in ticket sales. If America isn’t watching these films, why are they winning the awards?”

The criticism from the American heartland carried more weight than usual this year because Hollywood suffered the biggest decline in attendance in two decades last year. Some of the few box office hits of the year were films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which appealed strongly to Christian audiences.

Oscar pundits are now questioning whether the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will also reward Brokeback Mountain, potentially souring Hollywood’s relationship with the American ticketbuying public even further. Members of the Academy must hand in their nomination forms by Saturday. The shortlist will be announced on January 31 and the ceremony will be held on March 5.

Religious groups also pointed to the alleged political agenda of winners including George Clooney, who won for his supporting role in Syriana, a film about the ethical pitfalls of the oil business; and Mary Louise Parker, who was rewarded for her performance in Weeds, a television comedy about a suburban mother turned marijuana dealer.

Much of the anger was directed at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the group of 92 journalists from non-American publications who hand out the Golden Globe Awards. The Times, along with many other large overseas publications, is not represented at the HFPA.

The non-profit HFPA collects as much as $5.7 million from selling the broadcast rights to the ceremony, which is consistently one of the three highest-rated awards shows in the United States, along with the Academy Awards and the Grammys. However, reports alleging cronyism at the HFPA were thought to contribute to a 40 per cent decline in viewership last year.

Right-wing radio talk show hosts also took pot shots at the Globes yesterday. Stephen Bennett, of Straight Talk Radio, said: “When Hollywood is pumping out anti-family movies with sexually explicit, twisted and perverse themes that glorify homosexuality, transsexuality and every other kind of sexual immorality — then awarding itself for doing so — Middle America better take note.

“Last night Hollywood exposed its own corrupt agenda. [It] is no doubt out on a mission to homosexualise America.” The British winners at the Globes were some of the most conventional, with Hugh Laurie, 47, winning Best Actor in a Television Series for House. The other big British winner of the night was Rachel Weisz, 35, who collected the award for Best Supporting Dramatic Actress for The Constant Gardener, an adaptation of the bestselling John le Carr é novel.

Britons who failed to win their categories included Polly Walker, 40, a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who starred in the BBC/HBO joint venture Rome. She lost the Best Actress in a TV Drama award to Geena Davis, who played a female US president in Commander in Chief.

Reese Witherspoon’s performance as June Carter in Walk the Line won her the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical award, for which Keira Knightley, 21, had been nominated for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: brokebuttmountain; christians; gayagenda; goldenglobes; hollyweird; homoontherange; homosexualagenda; narnia; yrthesheepnervous
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1 posted on 01/17/2006 5:23:01 PM PST by madprof98
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To: madprof98
with Hugh Laurie, 47, winning Best Actor in a Television Series for House

I'm Happy.

2 posted on 01/17/2006 5:25:24 PM PST by Fawn
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To: madprof98

I for one am banning the trash. I haven't been to a movie in over 2 years. Let them watch their filth. I won't.


3 posted on 01/17/2006 5:25:40 PM PST by BigFinn
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To: madprof98
America isn’t watching these films, why are they winning the awards...

Charles Krauthammer nailed it the other day....he said that probably 18 people actually seen "buttcrack mountain"...but they were the "right" people.

4 posted on 01/17/2006 5:27:02 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Islam, liberalism and abortions are terminal..)
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To: madprof98

Fox News' Bill McCuddy said he got the cold shoulder on the red carpet when he asked them (the "stars") if they thought they were appealing to mainstream America with the movies that were being celebrated that evening. I wish I had seen the whole thing. Took guts for him to ask - even as an "entertainment reporter."


5 posted on 01/17/2006 5:28:34 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: BigFinn

Stay at home and control what you watch.

6 posted on 01/17/2006 5:29:27 PM PST by bmwcyle (As the left takes to the streets the too many lazy Freeper sleep)
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To: madprof98

"If America isn’t watching these films, why are they winning the awards?”

My question: Who decides who/what films win the awards?


7 posted on 01/17/2006 5:30:29 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: madprof98
The "crowned heads" of award-dom wanted to bestow tons of awards on Michael Moore last year, but his Fahrenheit 911 wasn't a good enough product.

I think they are over-correcting with BM.

8 posted on 01/17/2006 5:30:33 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: B.O. Plenty
Next two "blockbusters":

"Kitty" Carson: How the West was Fun

and

"Wyetta" Erp: Drop 'Um Partner!

9 posted on 01/17/2006 5:31:42 PM PST by xcamel (Exposing clandestine operations is treason. 13 knots make a noose.)
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To: BigFinn

And good for you. Being true to your personal standards is a truly wonderful thing, and I don't think anyone in the world would fault you for it. The problem arises when one group of people wants to dictate what another group may read and/or watch.


10 posted on 01/17/2006 5:32:07 PM PST by Melas (What!? Read or learn something? Why would anyone do that, when they can just go on being stupid)
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To: madprof98

I would prefer to read a good book. To hell with movies. Most of them are garbage that I wouldn't see in the first place and the rest aren't worth the ticket price.


11 posted on 01/17/2006 5:33:49 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Native Texan)
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To: madprof98
Great!

These trashy movies winning GG awards should put yet more folks off watching the Oscars.

Hollyweird may well be self-destructing.

12 posted on 01/17/2006 5:34:12 PM PST by Churchillspirit (Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series Champions)
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To: madprof98
If America isn’t watching these films, why are they winning the awards?

Because America doesn't give awards, unless you count the People's Choice Awards. The Golden Globes are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Oscars by AMPAS.

The real question is why so many people think that these awards are important in some way.

13 posted on 01/17/2006 5:35:20 PM PST by Heyworth
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To: Churchillspirit
Hollyweird may well be self-destructing...

We would hope so...I would love to see Babs Streisand living on the streets...or Alex Baldwin picking up my trash.

Seriously...these people are so hateful that I believe they are actually cutting off their nose....

They put out unwatchable trash for most people, instead of making uplifting family movies. It has been demonstrated over and over that family type movies make ga-zillions of dollars, and blatently perverted movies like buttcrack mountain lose.

Note to "buttcrack mountain" muckety mucks:

If any of you lunatics are listening..I am not going to spend a dime on your fag propaganda. Nobody that I know are not either. If you think that there is something uplifting about the destruction of two families just because two people can't control themselves, then you are stupider than I could ever imagine. I sincerely hope that this movie bankrupts you personally and any business that is associated with this piece of homo trash.....

14 posted on 01/17/2006 5:53:59 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Islam, liberalism and abortions are terminal..)
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To: madprof98
Though in all seriousness, I really don't give two bits about which snobby and rather airheaded starlets give their friends what.

There are more important things to worry about--like the filth they shamelessly produce.

I don't see very many movies for the very reason that said products of Hollyweird can be attributed as a classic example to Sturgeon's Law.

15 posted on 01/17/2006 5:56:42 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (This is a darkroom. Keep the door closed or you'll let all the dark out...)
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To: B.O. Plenty

I second that :)


16 posted on 01/17/2006 5:57:41 PM PST by Roverman2K
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To: madprof98

When Liberal-wacko movies don't make a profit, those footing the $$ for them may get a tad ticked. How many millions have to go down the drain before they figure that out?


17 posted on 01/17/2006 5:59:31 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Fawn

My wife loves House too. She was watching CBS and they were doing pre-show interviews etc. Two blonde women were standing there, one cute one kinda ugly. Then I saw the name of one of them was Steve. I thought, what a strange name for a woman, then it spoke. It about turned my stomach. Since when do they let cross dressers into the mainstream? I called my sister, I guess he is a fixture on the Today show......If it wasn't for House, Lost and sports, I would throw my tube in the bay.


18 posted on 01/17/2006 6:01:35 PM PST by jeremiah (People wake up, the water is getting hot)
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To: madprof98
I never even heard of "The Golden Globes" before this year, and I'm old enough to remember Sputnik.

But the "Golden Globes", "Grammies", "Emmies" and all the rest of that... I have never watched them. Certain, ahem, activities should be done (if they need to be done at all) in private. It's embarrassing to see them done in public. But then, Hollywood has no shame.

And no discernment, either. Which is why they're releasing loser after loser that just simply... fails at the box office.

My biggest personal complaint is that too many clueless airlines air this trash on their long-haul flights. Did I say "Clueless?" Imagine an airline presenting "The Terminal (Man?)" --I do not recall the title, it's about a guy trapped in an airline terminal-- on a flight frequented by some of us too-frequent flyers? Not funny, just a reminder of why we hate air travel.

19 posted on 01/17/2006 6:02:17 PM PST by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Libs: Celebrate MY diversity! | Iran Azadi 2006 | Is it February yet?)
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To: madprof98
Ya'll know what? Brokeback Mountain may cause a run of gay films in all genres...

Such as Star Trek: The Rinse & Set Generation

"I tell you, Jim, those shampoo boys are all just bitches!"

There could be The Odd Species

"Kermit, I knew that pig would drive you back to me!"

In the tradition of from TV to the big screen, there will be Male Call - The Movie

"Oh hell, just drop!"

Political thrillers like Baghdad Mountain: The Early Years

"Hill don't have a clue, Saddam!"

And even war films like Baa Baa White Sheep

"Ramming speed!"

Gad! Who knows where it will end...

"You just had to come out and ruin the Western genre, didn't you?"

20 posted on 01/17/2006 6:03:53 PM PST by Bender2 (Even dirty old robots need love!)
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To: madprof98
"Brokeback Mountain", etc. are cynically called "smart" movies in Tinseltown.
If you happen to hear Ebert & Roeper say, "It's a smart movie"---beware. That's your cue to take along some Lysol to the theater.
21 posted on 01/17/2006 6:09:03 PM PST by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: Melas

Even though I choose to not view these movies, I don't tell you what you should do. You have to stand in front of your maker someday and give an explanation. As it says, we will all give account. I have just choosen to side with what I know is good. And this ain't it.


22 posted on 01/17/2006 6:10:41 PM PST by BigFinn
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To: jeremiah
You must be talking about CoJo
LOL
23 posted on 01/17/2006 6:14:59 PM PST by Fawn
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To: madprof98

“When Hollywood is pumping out anti-family movies with sexually explicit, twisted and perverse themes that glorify homosexuality, transsexuality and every other kind of sexual immorality — then awarding itself for doing so — Middle America better take note.

“Last night Hollywood exposed its own corrupt agenda. [It] is no doubt out on a mission to homosexualise America.”

Obviously there is an ongoing mission to corrupt America. But why? And I hate to sound tin hat here, but who? There is just no way that this sort of agenda has just materialized out of thin air.

Is it just the Hellyweird left bashing the religious right because of same sex marriage being voted down? Is it in retalian? Or is there something even more profound that is behind it? Somebody tell me. I'd like to know.


24 posted on 01/17/2006 6:16:03 PM PST by sasportas
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To: jeremiah

Try....Medium, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, CSI and of course Law & Orders.


25 posted on 01/17/2006 6:16:47 PM PST by Fawn
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To: madprof98

Last night, I was watching some sports show with Charles Barkley, and another guy-Kenny-anyway, they were making Broke butt Mountain jokes, and totally trashing the film, and it's audience appeal. The other guy on the show wouldn't join in because it wasn't PC, but Barkley was hilarious.


26 posted on 01/17/2006 6:19:53 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: madprof98

I don't care about all those movies...what I care about was the best foreign film...nobody is talking about...PARADISE NOW...the story of a boy and his explosives from Palestine. Did anyone catch that? Again, all the jews in the audience just clapped away.


27 posted on 01/17/2006 6:20:00 PM PST by Hildy (Spielberg spends his spare time memorializing the last Holocaust while working to justify the next.)
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To: sasportas

retaliation = retalian


28 posted on 01/17/2006 6:20:58 PM PST by sasportas
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To: bmwcyle
Show off.

(is that a cat scratching post?)

29 posted on 01/17/2006 6:26:21 PM PST by Trust but Verify (( ))
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To: Deb

say what?


30 posted on 01/17/2006 6:28:38 PM PST by bellas_sister (www.bracketfish.org)
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To: madprof98

The new motto for UnHolywood and Beverly Hells:

"All gay, all the time."


31 posted on 01/17/2006 6:31:35 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: sockmonkey

You ought to tune in to the "Black" radio stations in Dallas. The jokes about "Brokeback Mountain" are terrific. Let's face it, "Hollywood" doesn't have a clue!!! For goodness sakes, George Clooney's two films, "Good Night & Good Luck" and "Syriana" are both box office flops, and so is Spielberg's "Munich"! These idiots are dead, and they don't know it.


32 posted on 01/17/2006 6:33:25 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: madprof98
“Once again, the media elites are proving that their pet projects are more important than profit,” Janice Crouse, of Concerned Women for America, said

Wrong angle Janice (and everybody else who thinks that popularity and $$$ equal quality, when exactly the opposite is true nearly always. Ever hoid of the lowest common denominator?) You appear like a philistine, Janice, sorry. If awards are to recognize artistic achievements, then the popcorn sales don't count, and why do we even have to state it? So, let's attack these fag pics on moral and artistic grounds instead. But as far as lucky simpleton millionaires awarding fellow millionaires in an orgy of self-congratulation? Who cares?!

33 posted on 01/17/2006 6:40:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Bender2
They can't ruin the western genre...cause that crap isn't in that group. This is in the polution genre.
34 posted on 01/17/2006 6:44:46 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Heyworth
The real question is why so many people think that these awards are important in some way.
After another one of these awards ceremonies, I think American viewership of this farce will decline. Same for the Oscars. Americans are getting fed up with it. I haven't watched an Oscars since the abortion/gayfest a couple of years back when Hillary Swank stood up and told America how important her gay movie was. Jay Leno nailed it that night..."They waited till the Christians went to bed before handing out the awards to abortionists and gays".
35 posted on 01/17/2006 6:46:09 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: Fawn

I'm happy too....I went to the Johnny Cash movie, Walk the Line. I loved it. I thought all the winners from that movie (3) deserved their awards.

Past that, I didn't have a clue. I had seen Kung Fu Hustle, which was an all time first for me: having seen a foreign film that had been nominated.

I don't think there was anything else that was nominated that I had seen. Oh, King Kong.


36 posted on 01/17/2006 6:56:28 PM PST by didi
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To: Melas
The problem arises when one group of people wants to dictate what another group may read and/or watch.

iWould you favor the showing of those Nazi pre-war movies comparing Jews to rats scurrying across the floor;

Favor movies showing the blacks in a Sambo-esque way?

The problem with your statement is that you view criticism of a movie's message as one group" dictating" to others, abridging the freedom to view a film.

Please give us instances where one such group attempted to stop the showing of a film.

37 posted on 01/17/2006 7:01:49 PM PST by Zechariah11 (30 shekels -- a contemptible price for the Good Shepherd of Israel)
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To: Old Grumpy
The Uneducated actors judge each other,talk about the blind leading the blind!
38 posted on 01/17/2006 7:05:25 PM PST by pitbully (Let Freedom Ring ! Loud and Proud From So Cal !!)
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To: Zechariah11
Please give us instances where one such group attempted to stop the showing of a film.

Born yesterday? Welcome to the planet. Please look up the history of Samuel Fuller's film White Dog. It wasn't "attempted" in that case, it was succeeded!

39 posted on 01/17/2006 7:05:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Fawn

"with Hugh Laurie, 47, winning Best Actor in a Television Series for House....
I'm Happy."

Me too. I like that show. As far as the movies: Leave it alone. They're getting killed at the box office. They are self-destructing. The best way to protest is just stay home. Even if there's a movie you want to see, wait until it's at your neighborhood Blockbuster.


40 posted on 01/17/2006 7:08:19 PM PST by no dems ("99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name." Steven Wright)
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To: madprof98

Hollywierd gave the US the finger last night. Of course they have been doing it for years.

They aren't getting the idea that we are returning the favor.


41 posted on 01/17/2006 7:10:55 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Democrats value the privacy of terrorists higher than the lives of Americans.)
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To: Revolting cat!

An epidemic of these Bible thumpers are afoot!!! Now they are blockading people by the hundreds from seeing Brokeback Mountain. They are trying to dictate to all of us!!!!! White Dog!!! Yes, my God! I forgot about White Dog!


42 posted on 01/17/2006 7:12:12 PM PST by Zechariah11 (30 shekels -- a contemptible price for the Good Shepherd of Israel)
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To: BigFinn

Narnia is a wonderful movie... and I will support the movies that are worthy to further make a statement against the likes of Brokeback Mountain...


43 posted on 01/17/2006 7:17:09 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Old Grumpy

Foreign Press is 89 people. That is who decided.


44 posted on 01/17/2006 7:18:21 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Churchillspirit

Someone told Savage today that Hollywood is still living the Cold War and the McCarthy era and haven't a clue of the dangers facing us in this day and age.


45 posted on 01/17/2006 7:19:56 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: rzeznikj at stout

I wish they would quit sensationalizing Brittney, Paris, etc... too many young girls (really young girls) are emulating them...


46 posted on 01/17/2006 7:21:00 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn
You and me both...
47 posted on 01/17/2006 7:45:32 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (This is a darkroom. Keep the door closed or you'll let all the dark out...)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
haven't a clue of the dangers facing us in this day and age.

Or are ignorant and stupid enough to not realize it.

Where I live (metro Milwaukee), Savage isn't on until midnight, so I'll have to tape this one...

48 posted on 01/17/2006 7:48:29 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (This is a darkroom. Keep the door closed or you'll let all the dark out...)
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To: no dems

I tripped over "House" by accident, but I will see it again, good show. Then I tried "Book of Daniel" due to all the noise. Did not make over an hour, it is just a poor piece of work. "Brokeback" is another, not as bad as Daniel, but too long, just plain not a really good movie.

My main objection to "Brokeback" is the publicity over the "gay cowboy movie". I'm in West Texas, the "sheep and goat capitol of America", our Chamber of Commerce used to call it. Them ain't cowboys, they's SHEEPHERDERS, dammit! At least in this movie the sheep don't have to worry about the preverts.


49 posted on 01/17/2006 7:53:03 PM PST by barkeep
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To: rfreedom4u

With the fall in revenues in Hollywood, it appears others feel the same as you....I know I do! The only movies I've seen recently are "Narnia," The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Pride and Prejudice....


50 posted on 01/17/2006 8:22:15 PM PST by t2buckeye
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