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Brokeback vs. Narnia

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik December 6, 2005 at 5:21AM

Brokeback vs. Narnia
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Culture wars, ignite! My latest strike in America's ideological battlefield can be read in this week's Village Voice: "Heavenly Features: Moving into the mainstream, the Christian right tells Hollywood to have a little faith." Of course, a lot of ink has already been spilled by news outlets all over the world about the importance of "The Chronicles of Narnia" to the Christian Right, but I wanted to do a couple things that a lot of articles have not: 1) Highlight that this is not a one-time event pegged to Disney's Narnia, but a widespread movement in Hollywood and 2) the odd coincidence that "Brokeback Mountain" -- the Christian Right's worst nightmare -- is opening the same day as "Narnia".

But before you all call me inflammatory and essentialist and accuse me of being an atheistic culture divider, I wanted to provide you with a quote that Damon Romine, GLAAD's Media Director gave me. "I think the important thing to remember is that many gay people are deeply religious and spiritual -- and I'm guessing many, religious or not, grew up reading the 'Chronicles'; I know I did. These movies aren't at odds with each other -- one's a fantasy epic, the other's a classic romance. It would be an extraordinarily crass move for anyone to try and position this as 'Narnia' versus 'Brokeback', because there are going to be plenty of people who will want to see both."

We shall see. What do you think?

This article is related to: Rightwing Extremism, Christian Extremism

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