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Outrage Outs Hypocritical Gay Politicians

Topics: Popular Media | 1 CommentBy admin | October 5, 2009

Should politicians that are publicly anti-gay while privately gay be outed? Where’s your righteous indignation? I dunno, but your Outrage is on HBO this week.

I missed Outrage when it hit theaters in May, so I’ll be trying to crash a friend’s place this evening to catch it on HBO. The idea of a movie created specifically to out politicians that are publicly anti-gay while privately being gay hits some dynamic chords for me. Conversations about issues related to gay rights are usually a little more nuanced in my circles. I’m not sure I’m behind government approval of gay marriage, for example, but that’s because I’m not sure I believe in government PERIOD. Otherwise, I vehemently support a person’s right to marry whomever they like, regardless of gender, or even species — as long as the other species is consenting. In this case though, it’s a little more cut-and-dried for me. The idea here is exposing politicians’ hypocrisy, not their sex lives, right? How can that be wrong? Well, I wonder how a filmmaker shooting a film like this chooses their “targets”, and what their methodology is in general. But hell. Once they’ve got the goods, it’s a no-brainer, right? They’re just exposing lying politicians, right? As Rep. Barney Frank (whom I previously had no idea was openly gay) puts it: “There is a right to privacy, there’s no right to hypocrisy.” If you’ve read this far, you may be curious as to just who the film exposes. The list includes Florida governor Charlie Crist, who was once a likely pick as John McCain’s running mate; David Dreier, who was once a leading Republican candidate for House majority leader; Ken Mehlman, George Bush’s campaign manager during the 2004 election and former RNC chairman; former New York City mayor Ed Koch; the now-retired Idaho Sen. Larry Craig; Jim McCrery (R-La.), a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee who recently retired; Ed Schrock (R-Va.), who retired in 2004; and Shepard Smith of Fox News. Outrage was written and directed by Kirby Dick, who also brought us This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which explored the secretive and inconsistent process by which the MPAA rates films, which the MPAA ironically later pirated for their own use. Outrage mostly has support in the gay community, but what do you think? Should hypocritical politicians be outed this way?

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  1. Posted by Stella on 10.06.09 8:07 am

    That is a really tough question. Technically I don’t believe anyone should be outed by someone else. But the idea that someone is taking an anti-gay stance probably to retain voters when they are in fact gay is really, really repellent. It actually makes the form of blackmail where one could say to them, “either you come out or I’ll out you” look almost legit.
    But is it so different than not telling ones parents because they can’t handle it either? But then ones parents most likely don’t make laws and policy.
    But that is all “two wrongs” kind of stuff. Sorry I can’t vote but it’s too convoluted to me yet.