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'Brokeback' backlash against 'Crash'? That's progress (liberals bickering over Oscar)
Chicago Tribune syndicated columnists via Houston Chronicle ^ | March 10, 2006, 9:26PM | By CLARENCE PAGE

Posted on 03/12/2006 10:19:32 PM PST by weegee

Fate is indeed fickle. Who would have guessed that in this year's Oscar voting, Brokeback Mountain, a fine, risky movie about a gay love affair, would surge ahead of Capote, a movie about a gay journalist, only to be edged out for the Best Picture Oscar by a fine, risky movie about racism?

Is this a sign of our times, or what? If conservatives needed any evidence that liberal impulses have taken over the Motion Picture Academy, this is it. Right? But, alas, in some folks' minds, every silver lining has its cloud. Instead of celebrating, many fans of Brokeback Mountain are singing the blues, charging that their favorite flick was denied its rightful Oscar by ... guess what?

"I think that's an absolute horror," Brad Bruner, a leader in the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's an outright sign of homophobia in our country. (Crash) won no awards before this. It makes me sick." That's right. "Homophobia." There's just no pleasing some folks. Critic Kenneth Turan expressed similar sentiments in the Los Angeles Times, writing that "Crash provided the perfect safe harbor" for those who were "discomfited" by Brokeback Mountain but wanted to "feel like they were good, productive liberals."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 1snap; academyawards; analism; brokebackmountain; buttachemountain; crash; hityouwithpurse; hollyweird; homolurve; homoracism; lavendarmafia; liberalbigots; oscar; oscars; pc; politicalcorrectness; putsomeiceinit; racebaiting; racialdivision; racism; specialinterests; whataremovies

1 posted on 03/12/2006 10:19:39 PM PST by weegee
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To: weegee

Some people place too much importance on the film industry and pop culture in general. Its just the movies. Tell the Brokeback fans to get over it.


2 posted on 03/12/2006 10:26:46 PM PST by QwertyKPH (I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything!)
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To: QwertyKPH

A friend forwarded me this email:

BLUSHING with SHAME

Oscar is red-faced at having to go home with this year's winners. The best film is "Trash," and pretty much so is every other Academy-Award winner from Sunday night's decollate-studded event. A song glorifying pimps, a veritable panoply of films praising sodomy in one way or another, and hours of tiresome, uninspired acceptance speeches.

All this glamour was interspersed with self-aggrandizing interludes about how it's heroic and brave to make movies (geez, as if these over-dressed, gushing stars were soldiers in the trenches), how the actors and crews are incredibly dedicated (yeah, like they're not getting paid a gajillion bucks), and how meaningful all these ego-driven and politicized films are to art, art, ART!

It seems the only creativity left in Hollywood is coming up with more ways to be perverse and amoral, and not even try to be subtle about it. Not only trash, but crass trash.

But there was a ray of light. As one award-winner humbly suggested, let's not forget about the wonderful world of books. Those were the best words spoken all night. If we replaced fifty percent of movie theatres with bookstores, we would all be better off, less jaded, possibly thinner, and probably happier too.


3 posted on 03/12/2006 10:32:08 PM PST by baa39
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To: weegee

as far as my money went, all three lost out.


4 posted on 03/12/2006 10:32:55 PM PST by fish hawk (TU)
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To: weegee

I think I might not see any of this year's best picture nominees ever!


5 posted on 03/12/2006 10:32:59 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: weegee
There's the young black male played by hip-hop artist "Ludacris" complaining about white people's fear of young black males — just before he pulls out a gun and carjacks two white yuppies played by Brendan Frazer and Sandra Bullock.

Calling Jesse Jackson! How about blacks can't be racist?

I don't bother going to movies. When I saw clips of Crash and Haggis on the Charlie Rose Show, I thought it had a good chance to beat Brokeback for best movie. Brokeback had the most pretentious advertising campaign that I have ever witnessed.

6 posted on 03/12/2006 10:36:09 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: weegee

What's an Oscar?

What's a movie theater?


7 posted on 03/12/2006 10:37:51 PM PST by Gabz (Smokers are the beta version)
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To: weegee


lol


8 posted on 03/12/2006 10:39:48 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: weegee

I peeked at the Oscars that night....(PIP)...and overheard "them" bashing DVDs.....


9 posted on 03/12/2006 10:42:09 PM PST by Dallas59 (ALLAH DOES NOT EXIST - MOHAMMED LIED)
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To: weegee

You know if that's all some people have to write, fuss over and obsess (notice I didn't say 'think about') about, then they must have a pretty stress-free life. Wussies!


10 posted on 03/12/2006 10:43:37 PM PST by Looking4Truth (We in the U.S. know the rest of the world is nearly useless and we're sick of carrying their asses!)
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To: weegee

I don't know about everyone else, but I've heard just about enough concerning "Butt Crack Mountain".


11 posted on 03/12/2006 11:17:41 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: weegee
"It's an outright sign of homophobia in our country.

Can't we just hate homosexuality without always being inferred that we are scared of it? What's with the phobia bit?

12 posted on 03/12/2006 11:52:21 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: taxesareforever

Not sure why people call it Brokeback Mountain.

From everything I've read, the name is:

BAREBACK MOUNTIN'


13 posted on 03/13/2006 1:01:27 AM PST by Enduring Freedom (Senator Allen on Democrats: "...let's enjoy knocking their soft teeth down their whiny throats.")
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To: weegee
There's also the white racist cop, played impressively by Oscar-nominated Matt Dillon, who gets us to hate him by abusing a wealthy black couple during a traffic stop. Then Dillon pulls an emotional whiplash on us by showing us the sources of the cop's anger, particularly the heartless bureaucratic HMO that won't pay for the pain-relieving medicine his ailing father needs.

Good grief.

*prolonged eye roll*

14 posted on 03/13/2006 1:05:42 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("The moment that someone wants to forbid caricatures, that is the moment we publish them.")
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To: weegee

"Crash" seemed to me like a rip-off of a far better movie: "Short Cuts" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108122/).


15 posted on 03/13/2006 1:25:44 AM PST by thedavetx
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To: Paleo Conservative

'Crash' is excellent. Not "in your face" at all.
FWIW


16 posted on 03/13/2006 1:32:58 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: QwertyKPH
"Some people place too much importance on the film industry and pop culture in general. Its just the movies. Tell the Brokeback fans to get over it."

I believe you are asking for too much , they (liberals) haven't gotten over the 2004 elections yet.

17 posted on 03/13/2006 3:13:26 AM PST by depenzz (Success is going from one failure to another failure without losing enthusiasm)
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To: weegee
The attention and dwelling over these Hollywood pushed initiatives is ridiculous. Wasn't there a firestorm over another "WESTERN" Midnight Cowboy (which I have never seen) years ago. The message movie apparently had a stellar cast and some gay implications, plus X? rated then, but is probably watched a lot less now than other films of its era.

Who watches that movie now or dwells on whether Midnight Cowboy was just nominated for an Oscar or actually won Oscars?

People watch what they want to and after a couple of years post Oscar ceremonies, the public essentially gives its own awards for quality entertainment with duration.

Brokeback will probably slide along side "The Boys in the Band" for rentals.
18 posted on 03/13/2006 3:49:48 AM PST by rod1
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To: Enduring Freedom

...or Pokeback Mountain.


19 posted on 03/13/2006 3:54:48 AM PST by chemicalman (Many have skeletons in their closets. In New Orleans, we have skeletons in our attics.)
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To: weegee

Im gonna make a movie about a man and his love for a human cadaver, and the misunderstanding their love faces in this discriminative world.

Then im gonna campaing for men/woman - human cadaver marriages to be legallized and the right for men/women and their cadaver lovers to adopt children. And ofcourse, the issue of allowing cadavers in the military! Such a discriminative organization.


20 posted on 03/13/2006 4:00:30 AM PST by S0122017 (Ping Ping Ping MUHAHAHAHA Ping Ping Ping)
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To: weegee

I can't believe they still hold the Oscar ceremony, let alone televise them. They're even dumber than beauty pageants and Rose Bowl parades.


21 posted on 03/13/2006 4:14:44 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: S0122017

I think a movie about Walter Duranty, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning apologist for the 1930s Soviet Union, would be a great topic for a movie. (He Lied, Millions Died as a working title).


22 posted on 03/13/2006 4:20:57 AM PST by exhaustguy
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To: QwertyKPH
Some people place too much importance on the film industry and pop culture in general.

Yeah, like Clarence Page. He should be embarassed to have written this:

...it says something quite positive about the progress of this country's common culture that a movie as edgy about race and ethnicity as Crash would be viewed as a "safe" choice.

The hogswill produced by Hollywood says NOTHING about "this country's common culture". "Common" implies those things we agree on. Well, I can say there may be something I agree with Hollywood on...but I've yet to hear or see it.

Of course, in Clarence Page's world, if Dems and the MSM and the NAACP and Hollywood all say the same thing,---Voila!---common culture! Talk about living in a make-believe world!

23 posted on 03/13/2006 4:23:08 AM PST by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: depenzz
" they (liberals) haven't gotten over the 2004 elections yet."

2004? Many of them are still dwelling on 2000.

24 posted on 03/13/2006 4:56:44 AM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: weegee

Scum.

All of Hollyweird.

The retards singing about pimps on prime time Oscar night tops it off. Perfect theme for Hollyweird itself.


25 posted on 03/13/2006 4:57:37 AM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: All

Don't miss George Clooney's rant on the Huff Post this morning:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-clooney/i-am-a-liberal-there-i-_b_17119.html


26 posted on 03/13/2006 5:05:06 AM PST by Timeout (I hate MediaCrats!)
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To: weegee

Since when do 'scared of' and 'totally detest' rate the same meaning?(Homophobe?)


27 posted on 03/13/2006 5:06:05 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: wolfcreek

A bunch of political and juvenile name calling is all that is "what are you afraid of..." and "you are bad because you are intolerant...". The left doesn't evidence any tolerance for other perspectives, political correctness is despotism, make dissent from the liberal agenda illegal by thoughtcrime.


28 posted on 03/13/2006 5:24:15 AM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: George W. Bush

I could see the Oscar broadcast losing enough audience to move to cable (say maybe "Bravo") in the next 5 years.


29 posted on 03/13/2006 5:25:36 AM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: depenzz
I believe you are asking for too much , they (liberals) haven't gotten over the 2004 1968 elections yet.
30 posted on 03/13/2006 5:29:36 AM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: weegee

Good article. Thanks for posting.


31 posted on 03/13/2006 5:29:48 AM PST by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: Timeout

Living in the same bubble that had film critics bemoaning "I don't know how Nixon won, I don't know anyone who voted for him".


32 posted on 03/13/2006 5:31:15 AM PST by weegee ("Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.")
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To: neverdem
Calling Jesse Jackson! How about blacks can't be racist?

"Crash" shows quite well just how much black racism exists - a sort of tribal racism by every race against every other race, in fact. I'm kind of surprised it won, since at least part of the film's message has to be making Jackson and Sharpton choke on their foie gras. ;)

33 posted on 03/13/2006 5:31:37 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
I'm kind of surprised it won

Maybe the actor was gay
34 posted on 03/13/2006 6:26:00 AM PST by S0122017 (Ping Ping Ping MUHAHAHAHA Ping Ping Ping)
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To: Gabz
What's an Oscar?

An O-scar is the ring-shaped welt left after the surgeon makes a circular incision in your skin.

What's a movie theater?

A travelling troupe.

*\;-)

35 posted on 03/13/2006 8:06:24 AM PST by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Libs: Celebrate MY diversity! | Iran Azadi 2006)
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To: weegee
Who gives a damn about some award anyway. Why the heck aren't Christians mad that Narnia (or Passion last year) didn't even get nominated, yet both of those movies actually had more than a handful of people watch them.

What was the theme song of Brokeback Mountain? "Looking for Love in all the wrong places"...

36 posted on 03/13/2006 8:09:42 AM PST by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: weegee
Who cares....they've lost their audience. Conservatives have moved way passed these hollyweirdo idiots.

Jeff Foxworth spoke of these very wealthy hollyweirdo actors saying they were mostly a very miserable group of humans.

37 posted on 03/13/2006 8:16:20 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: Timeout
it says something quite positive about the progress of this country's common culture......

I think you've misunderstood the use of "common" in that statement. The way I see it, its just another snooty liberal looking down their nose at what they regard as the great unwashed masses and how that movie represents/reports such an improvement in the culture of the great unwashed masses.

Its insulting.

38 posted on 03/15/2006 5:26:51 AM PST by QwertyKPH (I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything!)
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