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A Little More Passion For A Good Cause
on February 26, 2010
Not many people can claim to be old enough to recall the marvelous Harry Hay, founder of the original gay rights group The Mattachine Society. Well, I may make such a claim. I recall the way Harry insisted on gay people 'beating' straight society at its own game, dressing well, being well educated, so forth.
He was roundly criticized for kissing up to the straight 'ideal', whatever that is.
Decades later, the unpleasant act of the gay community outing celebrities was begun. No one liked this at all except rabid activists. Trust me, I know because I was one of them, but I was never that rabid.
With this film, another kind of outing is being done that I wholly support. As a lifelong and proud Gay American, in spite of a loving wife who accepts us as we are, and because I live religious vows as a Buddhist priest--I support this kind of outing, and this film. Here the main focal point is the hatred, hypocrisy and un-Constitutional activity in Congress.
Gay bashers on the Hill. Real nice. And most of them are gay. This film tells the recent story of Congress' biggest disgrace, one joined by the mainstream media: gaybashing at its slickest. Exposing gay Congress members is the only way to fight back, as all citizens should.
What disappoints here is that the message is not passionate enough. I admire former Gov. McCreevy for coming out...but is a teary interview with him any substitute for aggressive confrontation? The founder of Blogactive does this type of confronting, Bless Him, but not on film. C'mon, man, where's your Michael Moore spirit?
I for one would have liked to see a lot more in-your-face questioning, more exposition. The disgusting Rep. Craig...wrist-slap. The even more revolting Gov. Crist...really limp-wristed slap. C'mon, where's the Larry Kramer drink-in-your-face reporting? Do I have to sit and listen to Kramer tell the STORY of how he threw a drink in a politician's face?
In any case, don't miss the educational chance with this film. Only be warned: there is fairly explicit interview material at the start and it very nearly put me right off watching the rest of this otherwise decently presented documentary.
And who knows? THIS may be a historical beginning of a new GAY ERA.