Over the past few years we’ve been seeing a rise in gay characters in both high profile movies and on popular TV shows. Sean Penn’s Oscar win for Milk would seem to indicate that tolerance and acceptance are finally setting in, but have the barriers truly been broken down, or is it just a big self-congratulatory pat on the back for Hollywood?
Devin over at CHUD brings us an interesting update regarding Jim Carrey’s latest film I Love You, Phillip Morris, based on the true life story of a prison escapee who falls in love with his cell mate. It seems that despite the fact that it features two high profile actors (Ewan McGregor plays the cell mate) and garnered decent reviews at Sundance, the movie remains stuck in limbo without a distributor. The suspected reason? It features some pretty explicit gay sex scenes. To put it in Tropic Thunder terms: apparently Jim Carrey didn’t know that you never go full gay.
It seems like audiences are now willing to watch a movie with gay characters in it, but they are still hesitant to explore the sexuality and romantic life of these characters. Is that understandable, or is that homophobic? I’m not sure. To be clear, we’re not talking about porn here, we’re talking about sex scenes that fall within MPAA guidelines. I understand that sex scenes in movies often exist for the purposes of titillation, which can be subverted when you’re not attracted to any of the characters. But that’s not the only reason for a sex scene, is it? I would hope we’re all mature enough to realize that there are plenty of other important things that can be conveyed in a sex scene. What do you think, is this a double standard? Do love scenes between gay characters make you uncomfortable? Is this something that will just take time for people to adapt to? This is a touchy subject for some, so let’s try to respectful in our discussion. Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.