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Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States most powerful policymakers, Outrage takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media s complicity in keeping their secrets. Outrage probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double
standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.
Filmmaker Kirby Dick’s fine balance of documentary rigor and muckraking returns with Outrage, a blistering investigation into closeted gay politicians who push anti-gay legislation to hide their own sexual impulses. You might expect such a documentary to collapse in a heap of strident accusations, but though the hypocrisy is appalling--particularly when it squashed funding for AIDS research and contributed to thousands of deaths--Outrage skillfully avoids hysteria, finding humor and even compassion in its examination of the lives of Republican Senator Larry Craig, New York Mayor Ed Koch, and others. The documentary also explores other facets of the issue, including the abundance of gay journalists who help maintain the cloak of secrecy and the wives who, sometimes knowingly and sometimes in denial, provide the illusion of conventional heterosexual harmony. The testimonies of politicians who came out while in office, like Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe and Democratic Governor of New Jersey James McGreevey, is particularly moving and illustrates the complexity of the American political scene. Outrage is most damning of the Bush/Cheney administration, which used gay marriage as a hot-button issue to manipulate social conservatives. All in all, a compelling example of fervent but intelligent journalism, applied to what has become a core issue of this political moment. --Bret Fetzer
I found the film to be educational. I admired the courage for those who came forward and tried to deal with the problem internally, but when they couldn't, they had to come out... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert
Exposes the hypocrisy of the right wing who vote against gay rights from the shadows of their closets. I bet Sean Hannity and Bill O'reilly are in there too.Published 14 months ago by ronald s greene
This is a must see for all Americans who think they know why many politicians vote against any policies pertaining to the Gay community, and it has nothing to do with God and the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Garby Gable
An excellent movie that "outs" gay republican congressmen....
A must see Movie as you will agree that there are closeted Republicans
that vote no on gay rights!
I'm not sure I liked the politics of this dvd. Sure some people were exposed for being queer when they exhibited politics that expressed an alternate point of view. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jordyn skye
This was not what I expected, it does not mean it was not a good documentary, it was, but it did not appeal to mePublished 18 months ago by Deborah Born
So interesting to get this perspective. I wonder when we will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation? Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charlotte Higgins
This film puts on display for all the hypocrisy that commonly exists for most American politicians. Breathes new life into the old adage about what goes on in the dark coming to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marcus E. Sharpe
It's CLEAR the EGO is the winner here, " I got mine.... and to hell with you !, hand me a baby to kiss , get it on film...and oh yes... give me a donation,$$$$$- Large please.. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joel C. Parks