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Hollywood’nt

Despite their bleeding heart, liberal stance on equality and politics, Hollywood seems to sometimes have a hard time practicing what they preach.

The TV and Film Industry is still a straight white man’s world. The numbers don’t lie. Even though there has been some growth in the area of race, other areas such as sexual orientation and especially gender identity have been largely ignored.

There was a notable increase in films with gay speaking characters in 2016, 36 up from 19, but there were zero transgender characters and most LGB characters were white men. Of the top 100 films 76 had no LGBT presence at all and only one film, Moonlight, featured a gay protagonist.

So why is Hollywood seemingly ignoring its own social agenda? That is a very complicated question. To put it in perspective only about 3.8% of the U.S population self identifies as LGBTQ+ and the film industry is still just that, an industry, they are out to make money.

The majority of consumers in America are still straight white men, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood hasn’t been at the forefront of change.

Change is slow and you can’t force change on people all at once or they will rebel against it.  Film makers are experts in the art of subtlety, and good film makers know how to manipulate you to get you to think the way they want you to think and see what they want you to see.

There have always been gay characters written into films even if you, the viewer wasn’t aware of it. Take for example the Hitchcock classic “Rope”! To some this may be obvious but to others this may come as a total shock.  The two main characters in the film were actually a gay couple, though it is never put out there in the film, the subtext and the book the film is based off of says it all.

Over the years Hollywood has been dosing the audience with gay exposure to help to build a tolerance. Shows like “Will and Grace” and “Queer Eye” gave people the innocent non-sexual, non-threatening gay exposure that they-

-could handle all the while pushing the bar and opening the door for shows like Queer as Folk and Orange is the New Black where the characters are much more aggressive.

As homosexuality gains acceptance in the worlds eye (and rest assured it is, though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it) the boundary will be pushed further and further. Even today we are seeing show and movies represent gay people in a way that they never would have in the past, most notable is the Star Trek franchise.  Star Trek Beyond the film and Star Trek Discovery the TV series both set a new precedent by not only having gay characters represented, but buy giving them leading roles.

Hollywood is a straight white man’s world but our place in that world is growing.  It is up to us to keep pushing, keep moving forward and keep holding society accountable.

FAGGOT

The origin of the word faggot has been lost to history but its use has been prevalent throughout.  In old English a Faggot was a bundle of sticks used for starting fires or lighting torches.

Faggots were more commonly used during that period to burn heretics at the stake. Witches were burned as was anyone who blasphemed against the church. If a heretic recanted they were forced to wear an image of a Faggot on their sleeve which likely gave rise to the use of Faggot as a derogatory slang for people meant to be burned at the stake.

North America being the “progressive” culture it is, adopted this term as derogatory slag for Old women and homosexuals.  Old women were awkward and cumbersome like a bundle of sticks but why the term became associated with homosexuality is unsure.  Gay men were only burned at the stake in rare instances, the common way to do away with gays at the time was to hang them.

Still in most of the world today Faggot is most often associated with gay people.  Knowing the origins and use of the word may seem unimportant to some but language is a tool.  It is a force for good and evil, but most importantly language is alive and evolving.  You can try to make others stop using a word but that is a constant uphill battle, but if you embrace a word and change its meaning, over time it loses its venom.

 

Sticks and Stones!