- a three part series by playasinmar -
Part One – Hollywood’s Example
Hollywood has long portrayed gays as sympathetic victims of a Straights Only culture much to the ire of social conservatives. These portrayals have little to no effect on culture at large and are mainly for the entertainment of social liberals. These teleplays aren’t what I mean by Hollywood’s Example.
Have you noticed there aren’t any high-ranking gay actors? How many can you name off the top of your head? Ellen, Rosie, and Neil Patrick Harris are probably the best known. And their status in the Hollywood Universe: talk show host, vagrant comedian*, and sitcom actor.
Let’s look at the winners of Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress from the last five years: straight, straight, straight, straight, straight, straight, straight, straight, straight, straight. So why does Hollywood support the gay community if they aren’t deserving of their industry’s top honors?
Because they talk to, work with, dine with, and toast with gays. Gays are their friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
They know and therefore aren’t afraid of gays.
It will take time but it will happen everyone eventually. Unless you live on the moon or Northern Idaho you’ll meet one and you’ll undersand Hollywood’s Example: gays aren’t any different from straights. They’re just as fat/skinny, polite/rude, corrupt/virtuous, and detached/involved as everyone else.
That’s why the anti-gay bigots will lose.
*Poor Rosie. Now living life as a punchline.