July 22, 2005
So much for my history of writing about stuff I like or good things that have been happening in my world. Here's a couple of fucked-up things that are souring my brain tonight.
I've always wanted to travel to Australia. I love koala bears, "Heavenly Creatures", and Ian Thorpe. I know the vast majority of folks down there are friendly, progressive, smart, beautiful. So what's the deal with their government trying to ban MYSTERIOUS SKIN?
Apparently, a federal attorney general and the usual conservative christian blowhards believe that viewing the film could turn someone into a pedophile. Give me a fucking break, you ignorant, lamebrained fools. Here's the quote from the head of the "Australian Family Association": "Being able to get hold legally of a DVD where they can play the scene over and over again, showing the adult baseball coach fellating an 8-year-old boy...could prove very helpful to some pedophiles."
These people have NOT seen our film. They know absolutely NOTHING about the psychology of pedophiles or victims. They also seem to know NOTHING about the psychology of human beings in general.
(Thanks a TON to the various folks from Australia who have sent me supportive emails about the matter. I hope it all gets resolved and you get to see the movie.)
This issue is only in its beginning stages, so I'm sure I'll be reporting more later. If you want to read a little more about this, here are a couple of articles, one from an Aussie paper, and the other from our own big gay ADVOCATE.
(Pictured above: I worship thee, oh Brady Corbet and Gregg Araki; and the wondrous Aussie critic / TV personality / anti-censorship crusader Margaret Pomeranz-- Margaret, I want to meet you someday and kiss your hand.)
Now on to something, and somewhere, far more disturbing.
Say what you will about Andrew Sullivan; sure, I have my opinions about him, too. But I have to credit him, and his website, for alerting me to a story out of Iran this week about two teenage boys who were publicly hanged for being gay. (The link takes you to the Iranian Student News Agency, and has a few tiny pictures of the boys being interviewed, blindfolded, and then prepared for death. Horrifying.)
Fuck. It takes something like this to bring me back from my everyday worries and preoccupations with unnecessary stresses like traffic backups, or insomnia, or humid Boston weather. I have to agree with Sullivan when he says, "Gay Americans seem to me right now to be far too complacent. I'm amazed that we haven't seen more targeting of gay clubs or venues by Islamist fanatics. And I'm saddened that more gay organizations haven't rallied to the war against Muslim religious fanatics."
The story about these boys, along with those sickening photographs, have absolutely churned my stomach and made want to stop every fucking thing I'm doing and make some sort of effort to fight against any fascist regime that would allow this sort of thing happen. I mean, why should writing a book matter when shit like this is happening in our world in 2005? Why should anything matter?
Posted by at July 22, 2005 01:07 AM
Posted by: Kianoush M at April 18, 2006 07:18 PM
"Why should writing a book matter with all the shit going on?" Writing books is one of the ways to fight the shit... That is why books matter.
Posted by: Zefrog at August 3, 2005 08:35 AM
I can see why there is concern about the film (even if I don't agree with their reasoning). The hustler character falls in love with Coach before the abuse, and that doesn't sit well with people. People are uncomfortable with the idea that ANY child has sexual feelings...
I hope it gets show in Aussie-land.
Posted by: Craig at August 1, 2005 05:06 PM
Yes it's disturbing. They are fragile humans after all.
Posted by: Diane at July 30, 2005 07:20 AM
Hi Scott! I'm so happy you now have a comments section. I, too, am bewildered that they are trying to ban the film in Australia, of all places! Their reasoning seems waayyy off base, but I'll save from going into detail until I reply back to your e-mail. Another thing we have in common -- I absolutely LOVE Ian Thorpe! Developed a huge crush after watching him in the Olympics last year. :) Take care!
Posted by: Angela at July 27, 2005 09:51 PM
Why should writing a book matter with all the shit going on? Because we need beauty in this world to go with all the ugliness. We need to be reminded why it's good to be human...
Posted by: Matt at July 26, 2005 11:09 PM
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