Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The (Hollywood) Empire Strikes Back

The first salvo is fired.
The cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" positioned itself as a key Oscar competitor Tuesday, roping in seven Golden Globe nominations, including best dramatic picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee.
The Globes were the latest recognition for "Brokeback Mountain," a critical darling that has received top honors from critics groups in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston.
In case anyone is interested, the movie, featuring an explicit gay cowboy love affair, opened in just five theatres over the weekend. Those theatres were in San Francisco (natch), LA and New York. In the same opening weekend the "Chronicles of Narnia, Episode One" (or officially "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe") sold $65 million tickets.

Who got the biggest Variety headlines?

The gay cowboy movie, of course. Setting "new box office records." Seriously, that's what they said. It seems that for an opener in only five theatres, they made more money than anyone before them.

Which means, of course, that the gay political machine was ginned up to get as many butts in the seats as possible in order to use this limited release as a springboard into the cineplexes in the great fruited plains.

No doubt Ang Lee, the director, has pulled all the stops with his movie-making prowess. For Hollywood agenda makers, there's a lot riding on this film. Nearly two years after "Passion of the Christ" demonstrated that millions of people across this land will support movies about Christian themes, and as the Narnia movie prepares to share the domination of the Christmas movie season, there is nothing the amoral elitists would like better than to have a gay "hit."

They need a special platform. A movie that sucks in heterosexual viewers and manipulates their emotions effectively enough to short-circuit their natural recoil reflex. By most accounts, this movie is the vehicle they've been waiting for, the springboard for the next level of intrusion of gay subculture into mainstream America.

Since there are no longer any moral standards to which moviemakers and film companies must adhere, it is certainly their legal right to do this. That a movie is legal is not equivalent to saying that a movie is moral, not that the "Brokeback Mountain" people would care.

But you might.

Here is the sure-fire antidote for "Brokeback Mountain" and other flicks of questionable morality: Don't go see it. Don't spend your hard-earned money on it.

Hollywood loves money more than it loves a good crusade against traditional values. If this cowboy movie doesn't make a full eight count out of chute, and the studio loses money, they will think twice about another just like it.

Sure, you will be called narrow-minded for your refusal to expose yourself to this sensitive story of gay cowboy love. Sometimes heroic gestures go unappreciated.

But in the end it's your money and your choice. Your conscience and your culture. If you won't defend it by refusing to fund its destruction, then don't look around and expect others to do so.