Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Brett Easton Ellis Firestorm Continues...

Although you will see nothing about this in the mainstream, especially with all the news going on with regard to Paul Ryan being chosen to run alongside Mitt Romney, the firestorm that Brett Easton Ellis has created continues to blossom...and with a very interesting remarks by Ellis.

In this article Ellis makes comments about Hollywood and gays:

"Hollywood is the most homophobic place in the entire world," he tweeted early Wednesday. "Why Brokeback Mountain was a hit was because it starred two beautiful actors instead of two real ugly characters from the story. Producers."

Ellis added, "I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar. And that is why no to CG."

I didn't see White Collar yet so I can't comment in that. But I can't help thinking about how many films I've seen where I wondered if the actor was gay or straight. My point being is that it's getting harder and harder to tell who is gay or straight these days. Which means we're *caring* a lot less about who is gay or straight. The only thing we care about is whether or not the actor did a good job. Unfortunately, those in Hollywood don't seem to be getting the message.

I wasn't a fan of "Brokeback Mountain" for many reasons, one of which had to do with the fact that I saw serious fundamental flaws in the story and the film that should not have happened...and would have been very simple to fix. But I do think that both actors in the lead roles did a wonderful job. In fact, they were so good in the film it compensated for the fundamental flaws in the script and basic story.

It's also interesting to note that according to this article, the film version of 50 Shades isn't even happening at this point.

The screenwritier, best known for—wait for it—controversial films like American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction, took to Twitter to vent about Matt Bomer possibly being cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which, at this point, is just wishful thinking by fans.

It's difficult to argue with some of the points that Brett Ellis makes, with regard to how Hollywood treats gays. I often feel as if we're at the point now with the LGBT community where Hollywood (and publishing) was back in the 1940's when all characters and actors of African descent were portrayed in stereotypical ways. It might not be as bad, but it's just as insulting and I often see things that make me cringe with regard to how gay men are represented, not to mention the lack of authenticity.

But the only way that's going to change is to let someone like Matt Bomer play a lead role in something like a possible film version of 50 Shades. Now that's what I would call breaking the mold and moving forward.


Anonymous said...

What I find disturbing is the heteronormative portrayal of gays and bisexuals in the media. The stereotype as I perceive it is that "gays are just like straight people except they are same sex oriented" and that most decidedly is not the truth. Granted gay men come in all variations, so in addition to the heteronormative portrayals of gays, how about some portrayals of gay men my age who network for sex hook ups on their iPhones toggling back and forth between Adam4Adam, Grindr, and Jack'd? Or how about gay men who prefer bareback sex despite HIV? There is a considerable number of "bare" men, but heteonormative constraints rule against accurate portrayals. I sometimes think if gay men were portrayed 100% as they are, straight men would want that same level of freedom and the femalecentric nature of heterosexual couples would be forever set on its ear. In essence, fidelity of the portrayals of gay men--in my opinion--will liberate all men from the damaging social constraints placed on them.
Matthew Darringer

ryan field said...

You're making valid points, but getting into territory I don't think most people are ready to deal with yet. I'm not being dismissive about this either. I just think that people are only able to absorb a certain amount of reality at a time.

And while I agree with some of Brett Ellis's points about Hollywood in general, I also think that Matt Bomer could play the role well if 50 Shades ever did become a film. I think people could handle that, too. It takes slow steps sometimes.