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Top Sony Pictures Boss To Hollywood: Let’s ‘Cross Out’ Words Like ‘Faggot’ In Movies

by David Badash on March 23, 2013

in Arts,culture,Discrimination,News

The co-chair of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal (image, right,) is arguably one of the most important and influential people in Hollywood today. On Thursday night she addressed an audience at a million-dollar fundraiser for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and delivered a heart-warming yet serious warning to her Hollywood colleagues: no more anti-gay slurs, no more desperate, depressed, and suicidal characters who are desperate, depressed, and suicidal because they’re LGBT.

“How about next time, when any of us are reading a script and it says words like fag, or faggot – homo – dyke – take a pencil and just cross it out. Just don’t do it.”

Wow.

Pascal, as we said, has a lot of power.

“At Sony, Amy Pascal oversees development, production, distribution, home entertainment and marketing,” Maggie Lange at Gawker notes. “In 2006, she was named as the most powerful woman in entertainment by the Hollywood Reporter; in 2009 Forbes put her at 60 out of 100 most powerful women in the world.”

And Pascal’s asking, “Can’t being gay just be one stitch in the fabric of someone’s life?,” makes it clear she gets it.

“What the media says about your sexual orientation, and the color of your skin, and the shape of your eyes, and your ethnicity… what you look like, what you weigh, what you wear, how poor you are, how awkward you are, how educated you are, and how different you are… this stuff really sinks in. What we see teaches us about how to feel about ourselves and how to feel about each other.

“And now, I’m talking about kids who are gay and I’m talking about kids who aren’t gay. One group needs affirmation and the other group needs education. And, if I’m being honest, neither of those issues are high on any movie studio or TV network’s agenda…”

Pascal also looked back and made clear the anti-gay defamation and hate haven’t left the films and TV shows Hollywood and the mass media produce.

“The Celluloid Closet was made almost 20 years ago and certainly attitudes have changed, but maybe not quite so much as you or I would want or hope.”

But…

Brokeback Mountain, Milk, Boys Don’t Cry, Philadelphia, The Hours, Gods and Monsters, The Talented Mr. Ripley, A Single Man, My Own Private Idaho, Cloud Atlas – in all these movies, the main character is murdered or martyred or commits suicide or just dies unhappily. And there are far more pernicious and dangerous images that confront gay kids and their parents: the lesbian murderer, the psychotic transvestite, the queen who is humiliated and sometimes tossed off a ship or a ledge. It’s a big joke. It still happens.”

Let’s hope she’s sent a strong-enough message.

Via: Deadline

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{ 3 comments }

BJLincoln March 23, 2013 at 11:33 am

I hope they listened.
My wife likes "Criminal Minds". I watch it because she does but I have issues over the way they treat LGBT people in the stories. We are always the bad guy for some reason or another. Sick, twisted, depressed, and often the killer. They don't have any LGBT main characters either.

Dwere March 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

As an MTF I understand where the sentiment is coming from, believe me. But you know what? This is all well and good if you're referring to stage direction in a script, narration, or descriptive language. But what if we're talking about a homophobic character's dialog in a film? What about some psychotic villain who just plain destroys anything he sees?

Do you honestly think he's going to say "Get that well dressed gentleman of ambiguous sexuality to leave"? Hell no, he's going to say "Get that f****t out of my sight!" Blanket fixes like this woman's suggestion cure nothing… a cover-up is not a cure and hate-speech needs to be handled precisely, surgically for each offense. Just blunting dialog in a movie will serve no purpose.

James_M_Martin March 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

NO! NO! NO! How in hell are you going to depict a bully or a homophobe if you cannot put into his mouth words bullies and homophobes use? This is a gross form of political correctness that should not be.

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