Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Winning The War

I rented Shrek 2 this weekend. If you haven't already guessed, Puss In Boots is my absolute FAVORITE. The thing that really struck me when I watched is the incredibly high gay factor of this movie. From the wolf in grandma's clothing to the ugly stepsister, to Puss in Boots calling Prince Charming dreamy, there is a strong gay undercurrent to this movie. Now, I'll be the first to admit that this isn't an exactly revolutionary observation, I'm sure. Nor is it a new phenomenon -- I mean, look at Thelma from Scooby Doo... could she be a bigger dyke? Pee Wee Herman was the biggest screaming 'mo kids TV has ever seen (and maybe WILL ever see). The Simpsons has Smithers and one of Marge's sisters. I know I've been incredibly disappointed with the recent elections, but taking a long view, the reality is that, at least when we talk about gay rights and moving past that into gay acceptance, we may have lost this battle, but we're winning the war. Wal-Mart may not sell copies of Latter Days (I checked...) , but they will sell The Simpsons and Shrek 2. We just have to hold off the old nutcases until they die. Change WILL happen. They can't stop it.


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