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The reductio ad absurdam of the culture war was reached with this AP headline today:

"Bush Says He Hasn’t Seen ’Brokeback Mountain.’"

Stay tuned for equally compelling and important news stories, such as: "Bush Hasn’t Seen ’The Vagina Monologues." Subhed: "But He Once Snuck Into ’Last Tango in Paris’ as a Youth."

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oh, but doesn’t this mean that he is anti-homosexual, and therefore sexist??? Our President - sexist? Isn’t he required to watch every movie and read every book deemed worthy by Hollywood, the foreign press, or anyone who feels slighted by America in the least little way?

If Hollywood is upset about our President’s seeming lack of enthusiasm about current movies, maybe they should make movies that appeal to principled, moral people.
Movies that glorify, what is to many Americans, aberrational lifestyles or situations, are not apt to be applauded by ANY politician.
President Bush wisely sidestepped the mudhole he was invited to step in.

Last I checked, almost no one had seen this movie. So the Democrats have finally achieved their goal: a president that "looks like" the rest of America.

I must confess that I had not even heard of "Brokeback Mountain" until I read this post. But then, I haven’t yet seen "Star Wars."

Shows just how irrelevant the Major New Media has become.

Actually Lucas, while I always find thie things you say to be quite thoughtful, you seem to be completely off on this issue. "Brokeback Mountain" has made almost $40 million so far, and for the last 5 weeks, it has had the highest per screen gross of any film in America. Even here in suburban Ohio, many showings have been selling out.

While I certainly hope that the President has better things to do than watch this year’s Best Picture nominees, I don’t think bad-mouthing a beautiful film just because it happens to be about two gay men is doing anyone any good.

Who here has seen it? Only me? What a surprise!

"Bush Hasn’t Seen Military Combat, Except in Movies and on TV"

More fun from Operation Yellow Elephant:

"And yet we have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?"

- Sen. Rick Santorum, in an address to the Centre County (PA) Republican Party, January 2006

Jack Twist, I don’t know how you calculate per screen gross, but there are several movies that have been playing for a similar number of weeks that come out higher when the gross $ is divided by the number of screens played on.

Go to Yahoo movies, click on "box office" to see the numbers. "Your’s Mine and Ours", "The Family Stone" and "King Kong" are three (but not the only ones) that beat it.


The MSM would not have even had a "story" had this movie NOT been about two gay cowboys...

Luke, I’m not certain how you determine, PER SCREEN gross. I have to imagine that you used "Cumulative gross" which would undoubtedly be higher for a film that was almost out of circulation such as "Yours, Mine, and Ours".

In fact, if you look at last weekend’s box office again, "Yours, Mine & Ours" had a per screen gross (PSG) of $918, "The Family Stone" $1179, and "King Kong" $1915. On the other hand, Brokeback Mounatin made $6213 per screen. It was however, second in PSG to "Underworld 2", so I suppose the MSM will be disappointed that the President has not yet seen the Martial Arts Vampire Movie too.

Furthermore, over the weekend of Jan 13, "Brokeback" had a PSG of $10,310, second was "Glory Road" with $7618. The weekend of Jan 6, "Brokeback" averaged $11,856 with Woody Allen’s "Match Point" (in limited release) second with $8912. And the weekend before that "Brokeback" led PSG with $18,020 although at the time it too was in limited release, where averages are higher for one obvious reason: Demand.

I’m still not sure who has seen it here other than me. As a conservative who is quite supportive of our President, I find our taking cheap (inaccurate) shots at a perfectly fine movie to miss the point that it does not matter if Dubya has seen it or not. As a good friend of mine said (far more conservative than me), the only way you won’t like "Brokeback Mountain" is if you don’t like gays. Now, I know that you’ll say, I don’t dislike homosexuals, I just don’t want it crammed down my throat. Well, they’re not. Don’t go, but understand that there are many people in this country who even if they don’t want gay marriage still believe that two men like Jack and Ennis should have the right to be happy together so long as they don’t "cram it in my face."

I know the success of this movie is difficult for some of our more fringe friends on the right to accept (and the MSM’s attempt to cram it down our throats is getting tiresome), but remember what Ennis says, "If you can’t change it, you have to stand it."

Ennis Del Mar-

Thanks for pointing that out, I was looking at the cumulative gross compared to the screens, which is obviously incorrect since the number of screens will vary.

For the record, I have not seen it and don’t plan to. I may watch it on cable in 4-5 years if there’s nothing better on at the time.


I’m with you on that, Luke. I definately won’t be seeing this movie. All this talk about movie grosses reminds me that there’s another term no one has used so far: gross movie. I am not saying there should be a law against gay people doing what they want in the privacy of their own homes, but I do think this movie has been shoved down everyone’s throat and I’m tired of people acting like you must hate gays just because you don’t want to see the film. No I don’t hate gays, but I certainly don’t approve of their lifestyle and I certainly don’t want to see a movie that sounds like it glorifies that lifestyle. And I definately don’t want to see men kissing, either.

What I find interesting about Brokeback is the fact that the movie uses a very masculine symbol (cowboy) and has the symbol be homosexual. I am sure there is a reason for this. Someone has probably written about it. It reminds me of the Simpsons when Homer thinks Bart may be gay. He tries to show Bart masculine things to persuade him to be straight. Homer takes Bart to a steel mill, but much to Homer’s dismay everyone at the Steel Mill is gay. I cannot wait for a movie about gay construction workers.

I’m not sure if anyone here has suggested that if you don’t want to see the movie, you must hate gays (although the media seems to imply it). I think the argument is that if you do see it and don’t like it, it’s probably because you don’t like to see "two men kissing." Good, not a lot of people do. I’m glad you aren’t going to see it. But it is a pretty good movie.

Steve is right to mention that if there is any real "transgressive" agenda to the film it is in featuring American icons of masculinity as homosexuals. But that strikes me as more of an aesthetic argument.

Oh yeah, and Steve...

"We work hard. We play hard."

Trust me, "Brokeback" is gay, but will NEVER be as gay as "Gods and Monsters" I’ve lived through it!

Hola mis banditos! A. Cammy here with an obviously much-needed Walker Report on the film everyone’s buzzing about- "Brokeback Mountain!" Well, it may not play in Utah, but it’s all the rage in the blue states! It’s tré chic to host a gay soiree, often cutely called "Brokeback Bashes" or "Mountain Matinees" in the hip urban centers of this great nation.

While some Americans remain quite queasy at the thought of two manly ’mos making out, it seems that most people can hop on board with the notion of the hairy hunks playing tongue hockey (and trust me, dear friends, having those two gorgeous guys in the lead roles makes it REAL easy on the eyes! Hubba hubba!). America’s acceptance of this homotion picture is evidenced by the fact that Brokeback is breaking the bank- 51 sweet mil so far- and counting! And the fairy film is the critics’ darling, as well, expected to be a formidable foe come Oscar night.

This has been another A. Cammy report- hope it helps! Ta ta for now! ;)

In reality, everyone knows "Jack Twist" he’s there at the end of every bar, waiting to buy a drink for the "Rodeo Clown", he’s gay, knows he’s gay, and wants to turn the "Rodeo clown" gay. If Jack Twist had never found Ennis, he would have found the next rancher and/or rodeo clown to set foot on Brokeback Mountain, and would have gotten him to "submit" to Jack Twist. In many ways Ennis Delmar is the "prey" and Jack knows this, essentially Jack becomes a great receiver and the "Jerry Rice" of Brokeback to Ennis’s "Joe Montana". As we all know Montana to Rice ALWAYS scores a touchdown!!!

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