Thursday, December 11, 2008

Review For Milk w/ Sean Penn


First let me say for a liberal democrat I was extremely impressed with the turnout for this movie. Jim Roth and the entire board of the Cimaron Alliance was in attendance for this sneak preview. Huge turnout and support for the gay community. This was the first time in history as well that every county in our state went red. Since I voted for Obama I will not make any more comments on the voting ways of my state except to say my home state of Michigan knew the right way to vote (even if all my family is republicans.)

At any rate this movie was about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to take a public office and fight for gay rights for everyone. The movie itself was very good, and I would have to say that Sean Penn, James Franco and Diego Luna are extremely and I mean extremely comfortable with their sexuality. This was not a movie for the faint of heart, there was strong male nudity in this movie but it also opened up your eyes to the struggles of the gay community. I am a big supporter of the gay community and always have been, I would liken what they had to go through back in the day to that of the civil rights movement. Blacks were persecuted because they were black and gays were persecuted because they were gay.

I am truely saddened by the senseless loss of this great man and how his death happened and the blatant disregard for the law for his killer in that time. I only hope that should that happen now that I could say times would change and a maximum sentence would be brought against the killer.

I give the movie an A++ and I agree, Sean Penn definitely deserves Oscar consideration. Trust me. Coming from me thats one hell of a compliment as big of a critic as I am.

1 comment:

Jim N said...

Homo-Hater's Hubby Gets
Outed in Phone Call--
Gay Men Need "Education Programs"
________________________


Mayor and Public Library Commission
Going on the Homo-Hating Warpath?



by James Nimmo

(OKLAHOMA CITY) The anti-gay forces of the Oklahoma GOPer Party and their religious fundie faction are making plans to further suppress the civil rights of Oklahoma's gay and lesbian taxpayers.

Having knocked out our marriage options with State Question 711 in 2004, that outlaws same gender marriage as well as straight common law marriages, next on their revenge agenda is taking over the Oklahoma County Metro Public Library System (www.metrolibrary.org) by packing the 28-member board (http://tinyurl.com/5ozooo) with religious extremists who, caring nothing for the Constitution, believe that their private religious practices should be followed in selecting and maintaining the public library system's collection of books.

This is not the first time Oklahoma County library services have been targeted as easy pickings for the politically challenged. Remember the Tin Drum video seizure (http://tinyurl.com/6ges4j) and Rep Sally Kern's first foray into the public light of day (http://tinyurl.com/675xs9)?

An Oklahoma City-based gay/lesbian news website (www.Gossip-boy.com) has made public that Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City is planning to pack the public library Commission of Oklahoma County with more of his favorite fundie friends in order to prove to ultra conservative Oklahoma voters and out-of-state contributors that the Ten Commandments is his Constitution, and not the one on display in the National Archives, when he announces his run for governor of Oklahoma in the near future.

The civil rights of gay and lesbian taxpayers as well as the tax money of all the County's citizens must be subverted to further the political shenanigans of a repressive, regressive snake-oil salesman.

Let me suggest that the word "public" has a different meaning to religious fundies than it does to you and me. As we've seen in the eight years of the Bush Administration, words are given a facade of meaning which disguises the true purpose the words will effect. Words for them are wolves in sheep's clothing, a shell game of meaning.

The article at (http://tinyurl.com/6dcsaz) on the Gossip Boy website has just been posted and reveals much that I've suspected was going on behind the cloak of righteousness that deeply deranged religious people like to wear.

Among some of the blockbuster revelations in the article are Steve Kern's remarks, husband of infamous YouTube Queen and gun slinger Rep.Sally Kern (http://tinyurl.com/yr63qo), that have been transcribed from a phone call wherein he uses derogatory language about gay men, thinking he's talking to one of his brothers-in-Christ. Steve Kern says gay men should be forced by law to go to "education programs".

As you recover from that breath-taking idea don't even think of using the "Nazi" word; instead use a new comparison--Pol Pot of Cambodia.

Just what would the syllabus of this "education program" contain? Anatomical drawings of humans in various states of arousal used for stimulus in shock therapy and aversion demonstrations?

Would Ted Haggard be brought in for a power point presentation?

What would be the final "exam" (final solution?) to this "education program"? Doses of Viagra administered to the "students" with naked, supine, voluptuous women brought in to make sure the men have learned their "lessons"?

Who would do the "grading"? Steve Kern? Sally Kern? Would there be a grading curve? Would re-testing be allowed? Just what would be considered failure?

The Gossip Boy (www.gossip-boy.com) article is excellent and reviews the background people will need to know who have either forgotten, are new to the situation, or are just now getting involved in the issues of religiously propelled suppression of civil rights. I've been a 16-year observer of the Oklahoma County Library Commission and this is exactly the article I wish I could have written. Though I had no hand in its writing I will vouch for the accuracy of the background material provided.

This year the Oklahoma Legislature is dominated by a GOPer majority in both Houses for the first time in state history. There is now no parliamentary way for bills injurious to civil equality to be killed in committee by a friendly Democratic chair.

I don't see any assistance on the horizon; it's going to be all our fight, sink or swim.

We gays and lesbians are in for a tough ride in Oklahoma that will test the resolve of our commitment and the strength of our character to ensure our birth right as American citizens.