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Posted on 2005.12.09 at 15:56
How I feel about it all: irritatedirritated
Bleh. The Globe and Mail really have a way with words. Or not.

The reporter writes that Brokeback Mountain won the highest award at the Venice Film Festival. Well, that's good. I'm really looking forward to seeing this, for several reasons, not the least of which is seeing how the wonderful Ang Lee treats the story. The fact that it won in Venice means that the film is probably quality (that and the whole Ang Lee thing--does he do bad films?).

So anyway, the article. It starts like this:

"Venice -- Ang Lee's tale of the homosexual love between two cowboys set in the conservative West of the 1960s won the Venice Film Festival's top award Saturday."

Um. Couldn't they leave out the word "homosexual" and still be completely descriptive? To me, "Cowboys" implies males, which means we KNOW it's a love story between men and therefore the word is completely superfluous.

It just sounds like the phrase "homosexual love" was used simply to imply that this kind of love is somehow different than, or even less than, heterosexual love. Maybe it's me reading stuff into things, but it bothered me anyway.

ETA: This is actually an AP article IN the Globe and Mail, so I'll transfer my irritation over to whoever writes those AP announcements.


drama queen
cirakaite at 2005-09-12 20:16 (UTC) ()
It's an AP article. But ick. Yeah, could have done without that.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-09-12 20:20 (UTC) ()
Okay, not so blaming of the Globe and Mail, then. But still.
phoenixw at 2005-09-12 21:51 (UTC) ()
It's their way of making sure that they get picked up by news aggregators that search for those terms.

Annoying, because in the world of "any press is good press", it means that they are being made extremely visible to the uber-conservatives who look for things to scare people with. "Look, mom! Gay cowboys! Cover your childrens' eyes!" *eyeroll*

I can't help feeling that I've misquoted that first bit, by the way.

And I too am very much looking forward to this film. Gonna read the story first though.
History Has Dreamed Of Us
inkandalchemy at 2005-09-12 22:24 (UTC) ()
Y'know, it does kind of bother me too. But I am MASSIVELY looking forward to that film!
aphephobia at 2005-09-13 01:34 (UTC) ()
I think they're hoping it'll be controveeeeeeeershal and thus get more hype and ticket sales if they mention that yes, indeed, the movie is about gay male cowboys being in love. (But from everything I've heard, there's no sex in it anyway because Ang Lee thought herdinjg sheep was a good metaphor for it or something.)

Or maybe they're just really dumb journalists who state the obvious because they need to fill space.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2005-09-13 01:51 (UTC) ()
Have you seen the Trailer?
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