Monday, February 13, 2006

Hoho or Homophobia?

I came across two lists of comedy Brokeback Mountain references in the papers yesterday. Well, one was in the Sunday Times and one was from the last edition of Private Eye. In the Eye it was a small panel headed

'Those Gay Cowboy films in full'
1. Dances with Wooves
2. High Plains Cruiser
3. Butch Cassidy and the Sun Bed Kid
4. She Wore a Pink Ribbon
5. A Fisting of Dollars

In the ST they reproduced David Letterman's 'Top 10 Signs You're A Gay Cowboy':

10.
"Your saddle is Versace"

9. "Instead of 'Home On The Range', you sing 'It's Raining Men'"

8. "You enjoy ridin', ropin', and redecoratin'"

7. "Sold your livestock to buy tickets to 'Mamma Mia'"

6. "After watching reruns of 'Gunsmoke', you have to take a cold shower"

5. "Native Americans refer to you as 'Dances With Men'"

4. "You've been lassoed more times than most steers"

3. "You're wearing chaps, yet your 'ranch' is in Chelsea"

2. "Instead of a saloon you prefer a salon"

1. "You love riding, but you don't have a horse"

I spent a while humming an haa-ing over whether this was your basic homophobic nonesense or a sign of acceptance by the mainstream: hey, you're one of us now, so we can be as mean to you as we are to one another... Does the potential homophobia relate to the context? Would I even wonder if there was a phobic subtext if a gay friend made those jokes. Was I becoming too sensitive for my own good.

Then I realised that the important question was' Are the jokes funny?' And the resounding answer? NO NO NO

I mean. 'She wore a pink ribbon'? Perhaps if it was a film about breast cancer (yeah, they'd make a joke about that...). Your saddle is a Versace - crap. You've been lassoed more times that most steers> Bollocks. Ridin', ropin' and redecoratin' was the only one that raised a smile. (Oh alright, I did think Dances with Wooves was quite funny too. At a push.)

So, to sum up: The jokes are shit and the editors need to hang around a few more gays - there are many ruder and funnier jokes about the film that these ones - and the best ones are told against ourselves. And I'm not going to publish them here - I ain't doing those lazy assed hacks jobs for 'em. Hell no.

Anyway, to further my mild obsession with the Beetham Tower, here's a shot from below...

4 Comments:

Blogger Fuckkit said...

Gay and lesbian jokes are only funny when we make them, damnit.

9:47 pm  
Blogger c&v said...

yeppo - it's a gay thing, for gay people - so step away from the homos, is what I say. they can keep their jim davidsons and jimmy tarbucks and larry graysons and, oh...

10:19 pm  
Blogger Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Why do these "jokes" even keep getting repeated? I mean who has ever thought them funny?

Oh, yeah though, you are right: those on the inside can make any jokes they like.

(Although I did see the other week on a trashy ads review programme a neat info ad. It featured this guy being really offensive on race, gender, sexuality - then the camera pulled back and he was in a wheelchair. Voice over says "this man is disabled. he is also an asshole".)

6:00 pm  
Blogger c&v said...

i saw that ad too, strangely - the only couple of seconds of the show I saw and it's the ad you saw too - weird - it was a good one.

3:07 pm  

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