Tuesday, January 25, 2011

If you have to say it.........

One of the things, that always has me confused is that gays are always so quick to point out that they are just like everyone else.

If that's the case, how is it that if you play a gay character, you're almost guaranteed an Oscar nomination. This year, that person is Annette Benning in The Kids are All Right. (For the record, I thought it was an OK movie).

Let's put this into some context. Oscar nominations are usually doled out to people who play terrifically unusual and/or difficult biographical characters. I will donate my life savings to charity when an actor wins the award for playing an accountant who loves his wife, goes home every night to be with family and friends, and catches an frequent Chicago Bears meltdown.

Instead here are the types of roles that usually result in a nomination............

Russell Crowe, who plays a schizophrenic
Sean Penn, who plays a retarded father
Jamie Foxx, who plays a blind soul singer
Nicholas Cage, who plays a raging alcoholic
Dustin Hoffman, who plays an autistic savant
Anthony Hopkins, who plays a psychotic serial killer
Tom Hanks, who plays a moron

So if homosexuality is so "normal" how is it that gay characters are always nominated simply because they're gay? It reminds me of the Seinfeld where every reference to homosexuality is follow by "not that there's anything wrong with that".

And yet here are all these roles with nominations; Sean Penn playing a gay character, Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a gay character, Tom Hank's playing a gay character, Heath Ledger playing a gay character or Al Pacino playing a bi sexual.

If there's nothing wrong with homosexuality let's quit viewing gay movie roles like gayness is an affliction similar to albinism.

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