Bruce just forwarded me a link to this Advocate article quoting a letter Peter Shalit, Gene Shalit’s openly gay son wrote to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), making clear that his father “is not homophobic. Actually the truth is the opposite.”
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.
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.
Click here to read the full text of Peter’s letter which confirms my initial evaluation of the brouhaha (which James Taranto might call is a kerfuffle). This letter should serve as a reminder to gay activists not to jump so quickly to conclusions when they first hear a public figure making a critical comments about an individual or character who happens to be gay.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com