Eat a dick, Gibson and O’Reilly

Contradicting predictions by commentators that Brokeback Mountain would not attract ticket buyers in red-state strongholds like Montana, the film has actually performed strongly in many of those areas, distributor Focus Features has maintained. (Fox News commentator John Gibson remarked: “I think most people do not want to go into a darkened room with a tub of popcorn and munch away watching two guys get it on.” His colleague Bill O’Reilly has opined that the film has received critical praise because the media “want to mainstream homosexual conduct.” And he predicted, “They’re not going to go see the gay cowboys in Montana.”) However, the online magazine Salon today (Thursday) quoted the manager of the Wilma Theater in Missoula as saying that the film grossed $33,006 in its first four weekends there — “one of our best starts for a movie we’ve ever had.” In the conservative town of Kalispell, the film opened last Friday with $3,656. In the town of Whitefish, it took in $2,312 and beat out the three top national draws, including the No. 1 film, Big Momma’s House 2. Salon indicated that the film is also a hit in Great Falls, Bozeman, and Helena, where it also opened at No. 1.

You know why? Because it’s not about two flaming queers smoking meth, throwing on cowboy hats and teabagging each other. It’s a sad, romantic story about unfinished love and fear and how it can haunt us to the day we die. It’s not as if this movie makes out their relationship to be a super-awesome, healthy thing. And maybe if folks like O’Reilly and Gibson weren’t such fucking assholes, they could but aside their homophobia and knee-jerk morality and see that, even if they don’t think homosexuality is morally correct.

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