here is my long and late letter to GLAAD


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Posted by ebelroy at proxy3-external.sttls1.wa.home.com on August 06, 2001 at 18:48:51:

Dear GLAAD,
While homophobia is a very serious and destructive entity (as represented by media, politics, and pop culture) I do not agree that Kevin Smith takes part in the progression of these ideals. Nor do I agree that Kevin Smith means to harm the struggle for understanding and equality that GLAAD works hard for everyday. I understand the need to keep any and all arguments concerning alleged gay bashing at bay, especially those that have the potential to be misunderstood when it comes to public opinion, but I definitely think that GLAAD should reconsider its persecution, and it is a persecution now, of Kevin Smith.

It is true that characters portrayed in this film are boorish and crude, but that's the point. It's a joke, a film, not a statement. Perhaps GLAAD would do better to just make a public statement noting that such humor can be misunderstood, and in the future perhaps Mr. Smith find a better way to entertain his audience. This is not to say that I would agree with any statement from GLAAD regarding this issue but it would have more stability as an argument of reason rather than of Scott Seomin's reach for a point. His argument reminds me of bad journalism.

I believe artistic integrity demands freedom of expression and with that freedom of interpretation. No organization, no entity in the world can control the human mind no matter how it may seem. People will react the way they want to, whether it be the product of poor or unenlightened upbringing, or wonderfully open minded thought. The core audience of Kevin Smith's work understand his characters and what they represent. It is unfortunate that GLAAD supports such drastic and overly analyzed statements.

Has anyone considered that maybe GLAAD has gone too far? To me, such statements remind one of certain conservative parties regarding the exact opposite nature of this argument. Sometimes we see this in religious organizations, the demonization of others with irrational arguments. This always seems to happen with organized movements; good ideas turning on themselves. If anything, I find that the damage in this dilemma is to the perception of those like me, who are not gay and who do not see any difference in gay or straight. Oops, let me clarify this last sentence, I would think twice before supporting GLAAD and its arguments as an organization, not gay people.

Thank you for your time,
Michael Ortiz




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