I’m only posting this to get that darned religious story off the lead here. I was hoping my BlogPatriots would take up my slack today! (nudge, nudge)
Best of the Web – OpinionJournal.com, Tuesday Feb 28, 2006
I Wish I Knew How to Quit You, Oscar
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson asks: “Why is it that Washington often seems so out of touch with the rest of the country?” He answers this cliché with an absurdity:
Maybe it’s because people here are so busy taking themselves seriously that they don’t have the time, or the inclination, to go to the movies. Just look at this year’s contenders at the Academy Awards.
When homosexuality is raised as an “issue,” which is the only way anything gets raised around here, politicians in the nation’s capital tend to fall into two camps: those who invoke Sodom and Gomorrah in flights of demagoguery and those who suddenly realize they have pressing appointments elsewhere.
Yet the leading contender for the Oscar for best picture is “Brokeback Mountain,” a love story about two gay cowboys–not Village People “cowboys” prancing up and down the streets of some godless big city where “values” means nothing more than a half-price sale at a fancy boutique, but real cowboys who live in the flyover, red-state American West. (Okay, it’s been noted by some that actually they herd sheep, but they’re definitely what most of us think of as cowboys.). . . .
Hollywood, which doesn’t make movies to lose money, seems to have decided that most Americans will neither faint dead away nor riot in the streets if homosexuality is openly depicted and discussed.
Well, maybe, but as GayPatriot notes, as of last week “Brokeback” had grossed a mere $67.8 million domestically, less than a quarter of the $285.3 million for “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Washington may be out of touch will Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of touch with the rest of the country.
I think this may be our first (maybe second) time on Best of the Web, which is one of my favorite blog summaries of the day! Woo hoooo!