I’m going to depart from my normal discussion of overtly political matters, to discuss the latest developments in the Culture War.
I’m sure we’ve all seen the enormous push placed behind Brokeback Mountain, a tale that’s designed to bring Gay culture into the mainstream through the medium of movies. The mass of critical acclaim is being used to advertise Brokeback , and even slightly dissonant voices [see the treatment of Gene Shalit for portraying the behavior of a homosexual character as 'sexually predatory' -- despite giving an overall positive review for the movie] are shouted down and threatened until they toe the line of homosexual rights agenda. Hollywood is tripping over itself to try to place Brokeback in the pantheon of all-time great film; early buzz has it as a prohibitive favorite for Best Picture. Already, it has recieved 7 Golden Globe nominations, and has won 3 Critic’s Choice awards [Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress]
How are people reacting to the Brokeback phenomenon? They’re staying away in droves. Through 5 weeks of theatrical release, Brokeback has brought in a bit more than $22 million dollars. In contrast, utterly unpublicized and unapologetically targeted for mainstream America horror picture Hostel netted just shy of $20 million in its first week of theatrical release. While Brokeback has reached the studio’s criterion of success (a modest profit to date of $7 million over production costs, though post-production advertising costs have exceeded $23 million to date), the media, critic, and advocacy group push to get it to attain cultural relevancy and popularity have failed.
Seismologists predict that eventually Hollywood will become physically detatched from the rest of America via earthquake; it will be a fitting match to the moral distance between the public and the Left Coast.