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News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« on: Jan 06, 2006, 06:48 PM »
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388795/board/thread/33137672?d=33140692#33140692


There is a story breaking that SLC Utah has pulled the engagement of BBM at one of the venues owned by a Larry Miller.
This is actually great news as BBM needs a controversy like this to increase box office.

You may need to copy and paste my above link from within IMDb as they don't seem to allow external linking. Otherwise I would have hot linked it.(Tested and it didn't work)


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Re: BBM pulled in Salt Lake City at last moment tonight.
« Reply #1 on: Jan 06, 2006, 09:43 PM »
Here is an article from Salt Lake Tribute

http://www.sltrib.com/themix/ci_3378327
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Re: BBM pulled in Salt Lake City at last moment tonight.
« Reply #2 on: Jan 07, 2006, 04:47 AM »
"Any publicity is good publicity."

This should be good. The more the conservatives try to censor BBM, the more people will want to see it. These guys are shooting themselves in the foot, and they don't realize it. Hilarious. Go Brokeback Go!

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News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« Reply #3 on: Jan 07, 2006, 05:47 AM »
Several topics with news during this week were merged for reorganization


An article from GLAAD including video for the review. The characterization of Jack is out of line, IMHO.
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On Jan. 5, NBC News' Today show featured Gene Shalit's review of Brokeback Mountain on his regular "Critic's Corner" segment. Rather than focus on the merits of the film, Shalit — who has been a Today show regular for 31 years — used the occasion to promote defamatory anti-gay prejudice to a national audience.

In the piece, Shalit refers to Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack, as a "sexual predator" who "tracks Ennis down and coaxes him into sporadic trysts." Shalit's bizarre characterization of Jack as a "predator" and Ennis (Heath Ledger) as a victim reflects a fundamental lack of understanding about the central relationship in the film and about gay relationships in general.

http://glaad.org/action/alerts_detail.php?id=3849&PHPSESSID=95d3f67225192811ed821bbf826baecc#
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Re: News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« Reply #5 on: Jan 15, 2006, 07:29 PM »
Here's a direct link to a video of the Gene Shalit review. Have a look!

http://www.youtube.com/w/Gene-Shalit-Brokeback-Review?v=37tGKLAmfkU&search=brokeback%20mountain

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Re: News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« Reply #6 on: Jan 15, 2006, 08:59 PM »
Here's a direct link to a video of the Gene Shalit review. Have a look!

http://www.youtube.com/w/Gene-Shalit-Brokeback-Review?v=37tGKLAmfkU&search=brokeback%20mountain

Rarr !! What a jerk. Jack is not a sexual predator!!

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Re: News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« Reply #7 on: Jan 15, 2006, 09:18 PM »
He just found his mate.  He's in love. When Cupid throw an arrow, he doesn't ask first.  He does.  ;)
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Re: News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« Reply #8 on: Jan 16, 2006, 04:08 AM »
Jack, a sexual predator?!? What nonsense - a blind man could see better than that. Shalit should retire: he's obviously gone senile.

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Re: News Coverage: January 1 - 7
« Reply #9 on: Jan 16, 2006, 07:20 AM »
Jack, a sexual predator?!? What nonsense - a blind man could see better than that. Shalit should retire: he's obviously gone senile.

It is ridiculous to speak of Jack as a sexual predator. If that were so, then every young man who tries to hit on a woman, or gives them a pick-up line in a bar, is a sexual predator.

Straight or gay, everyone wants to have some kind of sexual experience. But, beyond sex, I think this movie is all about our need to be cherished by someone as a person.  Ennis cherishs Jack THE MOST, after Jack's death, when sex is no longer a possibility.

In a chemical laboratory, a scientist will mix many elements together in beakers, and there is much heat and smoke and sizzling and bubbling, but at the very end, there is something left, at the bottom of the beaker, a product or by-product.

At the end of the movie, what remains at the bottom of everything is the place in Ennis heart where Jack lives on forever; cherished.
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Shalit apologizes for his review
« Reply #10 on: Jan 16, 2006, 05:48 PM »
Today show reviewer regrets Brokeback comment

January 10, 2006

In his January 5 Today show review of "Brokeback Mountain", NBC’s Gene Shalit referred to the character of Jack as a "sexual predator" who "tracks Ennis down and coaxes him into sporadic trysts." Based on an outpouring of passionate emails and phone calls by Today show viewers angered and hurt by Mr. Shalit's assertion, GLAAD asked for an apology from NBC and Mr. Shalit for a comment that was heard by many as defamatory.

On January 10, Mr. Shalit responded to GLAAD's request with a statement saying, "I certainly had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone in the gay community or on the community itself. I regret any emotional hurt that may have resulted from my review of 'Brokeback Mountain.'"

GLAAD thanks and applauds Mr. Shalit for clarifying his comments and making clear that he did not intend his words to be defamatory to the LGBT community.

Below is the full text of Mr. Shalit's statement:

In reviewing the fictional movie "Brokeback Mountain", I expressed my opinion of "Jack", one of the fictional characters. It is my responsibility to my audience to present my views of the film and the actions of the film's fictional characters. My view of "Jack" may be contrary to the views of others, but we are all entitled to our opinions.

In describing the behavior of "Jack" I used words ("sexual predator") that I now discover have angered, agitated, and hurt many people. I did not intend to use a word that many in the gay community consider incendiary. Baron Lytton wrote in 1839 that "the pen is mightier than the sword," and this matter proves again how hurtful words can be. I very much regret using them.

The GLAAD website carried an assertion that instead of reviewing "Brokeback Mountain", which is my job, I "used the occasion to promote defamatory anti-gay prejudice to a national audience." This is untrue. It is unfair to me and must be corrected. Everything in my life and in my family's life demonstrates beyond doubt that I am not homophobic. Indeed, the contrary is true, and everyone who knows me knows it.

I certainly had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone in the gay community or on the community itself. I regret any emotional hurt that may have resulted from my review of "Brokeback Mountain."


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And Shalit gay son responded
« Reply #11 on: Jan 16, 2006, 05:49 PM »
Peter Shalit writes to GLAAD about his dad

Gene Shalit may not have liked Brokeback Mountain, but he loves his gay son and is not homophobic—so says Shalit's son Peter in an emotional letter to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation dated Monday.

"It is precisely because my dad is not homophobic that he felt free to criticize the movie as he saw it," wrote Peter Shalit, a gay physician and author who lives in Seattle and is a longtime supporter of GLAAD.

Shalit said he felt GLAAD's press release about the NBC Today show review, broadcast on Thursday, was a "mischaracterization" of his father. The GLAAD release urged viewers to write to NBC to complain about Gene Shalit's characterization of the Jake Gyllenhaal character in Brokeback Mountain as a "sexual predator."

By suggesting Gene Shalit was homophobic, GLAAD had "defamed a good man, by falsely accusing him of a repellent form of bigotry," Peter Shalit wrote to the group's entertainment media director, Damon Romine, and president, Neil Giuliano.

"Incidentally," Shalit added, "I loved the movie."

The full text of Peter Shalit's letter to GLAAD follows:

Dear Damon, and Neil,

Peter Shalit here—Gene Shalit's son. I have been a member-supporter of GLAAD for years. I assume you were not aware of that, but I am disappointed that you did not do a little background research on my dad, or try to contact me, or attempt to reach my dad through me, before issuing your press release this past week calling him homophobic because of his review of Brokeback Mountain. I did notice the "editor's note" which mentioned that he has a gay son, i.e. myself.

By way of background, I am a gay man, a physician, serving a mostly gay patient population in Seattle, and author of Living Well, the Gay Men's Essential Health Guide, which is a guide to gay health for gay men. I frequently comment to people that I can't imagine having another job that would immerse me in the gay community as much as the one I have. The gay community is my life.

I say this because it's important background for understanding that my dad has always been completely loving and supportive of me, my life, my partners, and my choices. He wrote a piece about me in 1997 for The Advocate (currently posted on their home page)—and agreed to have his picture on the cover of the magazine—because what the piece says is true about how he feels and how he has always acted.

I spoke with my dad yesterday about the issues with his review. He had no idea that his review of a movie, and his reaction to a particular character, would be seen as homophobia. Of course he is not homophobic. Actually the truth is the opposite. Agreed, he didn't particularly seem to like Brokeback Mountain, and he found the character of Jack unsympathetic. But his negative response to a particular character is not "defamation" and had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the character. The interpretation-generalization of this as "homophobic" is unfortunate and incorrect. It is precisely because my Dad is not homophobic that he felt free to criticize the movie as he saw it, and not anticipate that he would be accused of homophobia for doing so.

(Incidentally, I loved the movie—and it sure isn't the first time I have disagreed with my dad about one of his reviews. I was sorry he didn't like it, but hey, these things happen. I have always felt that he was entitled to his opinion and I leave it at that.)

When I first saw your press release a few days ago my reaction was "goodness, this is silly" and I decided to sit tight and hope it would blow over. But it hasn't, judging by the e-mails I have received from friends, and the buzz I have seen online. People are concerned about these accusations about my dad, and some bloggers are talking about him as if he is an enemy of gay people. I decided to contact you because there could have been better ways to handle this situation, and I am hurt by your mischaracterization of my father, a man who does not have a molecule of hate in his being. It does not speak well for GLAAD, and it is not helping our community.

We are all really on the same side—you, my Dad, me, my family, our community. The gay community has enough enemies that we should not be attacking or alienating those who, such as my Dad, are part of our family and are our true friends. We may disagree with his opinion of a movie and his interpretation of a particular character, but that is his job as a critic to give his opinion. He may have had an unpopular opinion of a movie that is important to the gay community, but he defamed no one, and he is not a homophobe. It is you who have defamed a good man, by falsely accusing him of a repellent form of bigotry. It is ironic and sad that an organization whose mission is to combat defamation has committed such an act itself, an act which amounts to character assassination with so little consideration of the repercussions.

I am happy to discuss this further with you by e-mail, or you can feel free to phone me...

Sincerely, Peter Shalit

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