Last week, Entertainment Weekly ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past. In many ways, it’s a great development: we’re evolved enough not to be gob-smacked when we find out someone’s gay. But it does matter nonetheless, it seems to me, that this is on the record. We still have pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and suicides among gay kids, and one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil right to marry the person you love. So these “non-events” are still also events of a kind; and they matter. The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.
All of which is a prelude to my saying that I’ve known Anderson Cooper as a friend for more than two decades. I asked him for his feedback on this subject, for reasons that are probably obvious to most. Here’s his email in response which he has given me permission to post here
If being gay is a choice, show us the proof. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Suck my dick, Herman. Name the time and the place and I’ll bring my dick and a camera crew and you can suck me off and win the argument.
I don’t believe in straight or gay. I really don’t. I think we’re all degrees of bisexual.
Happy Coming Out Day!
Um…err, come out? Yes, that. Do it if you need to. Bisexual!
I remember at my college (University of Miami), we had Coming Out Week. Or COW for short. We had these cute shirts with a cow with rainbow spots on it. I wish I still had that shirt. Then we discussed shortening it to COD. I don’t know what ever happened. (I graduated in ‘03.) Hmm.
Love is Love is everything to me - Culture Club
Those who say homosexual sex acts are unnatural, I bet those people only have missionary-position sex for the purpose of procreation. All other sex is unnatural. And so what? Cell phones are unnatural. Grow up.
Normally I’d have an intelligent arguement against this. And I do, a full scale rant as lengthy as my average posts but it’s late and this is the second one of these I’ve seen so “FUCK YOU” will have to do as my opinion for now.
Disney supports classic ideals and “old-fashioned” values such as the damsel in distress, the knight who goes to rescue her. Goodness forbid that it be the other way around, as Disney appears to be gender-biased in the sense that it perpetuates gender stereotypes of ‘man’ and ‘woman’. Sure, there are some strong female protagonists, but in my opinion, when it comes to the fairytales, they are the ones always getting saved.
Now onto the LGBT issue. What is so offensive about portraying or including someone who is not hetero in a film? If Disney tells stories of love that can overcome anything and of villains being thwarted, what is so disgusting and threatening about a prince or a princess who falls in love with someone of their same sex? A narrative could be built around that. And personally, I think some people feel excluded, for although the sentiment is there, the message being sent to children is that a king must always marry a queen( who is a biological female) and that’s all there is to it.
No. Fuck your old fashioned values of female oppression and helplessness and heteronormativity. The world needs new fairytales and new heroes and heroines as well as acceptance of those who love their same sex. Because that is what being human is about, not just a particular, close minded and archaic set of socially acceptable behaviours. I never thought I’d see a black princess, but it happened…despite Walt Disney, whilst alive, being a racist motherfucker.
So,change can take place. Values shift with the time for the better. People become more accepting and re-discover their narratives. the LGBT community should have the right to be represented in Disney fairytales. I personally think Disney is losing its touch. It’s a place of magic, but only if you are straight or cysgender.
Disney is and has always been backwards. Anti-black, Jew, not to mention the obvious mentioned here of anti-gay/bi/trans or even anti-woman. As a woman (or even a girl), I found their messages awful. I only liked the Lion King, when I was no longer a little girl. I did like Ariel a bit (just because I like fantasy characters) but she’s just as “bad” as the others. I also found Aladdin funny (at the time) but same shit, different country. I did like the music (just because it’s catchy) but not the movies as much.
I can’t remember ever wanting to be a princess or damsel in distress who can’t do anything for her own damn self. Maybe I’m interjecting myself now into my old memories a bit. ;p
I never really liked Disney movies as a kid (much) so I’ve just been used to ignoring it. However, I see the point that many people watch these movies and buy all the junk. So, it’d be nice to seem some reality in them. And positive, self-affirming reality at that.
Even just as a woman, Disney movies, in general, make me want to vomit. Also as an Atheist Jew. And the LGBT+ angle is also disturbing. Not even a bi chick? No? Seriously? Even homophobic asshats like bi chicks. ಠ_ಠ