Glee, Modern Family, A Single Man, Taking Woodstock, Pedro and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List are all among GLAAD’s nominees for things like Outstanding Film and Outstanding Drama Series. But conspicupusly missing from the nominations is Mike Rigers and Kirby Dick’s “Outrage”, last years stellar film about closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation which was a riveting gay-oriented film, and based on my knowledge, meets the criteria of GLAAD’s Oustanding Film/Limited Release category or at the very least qualifies for an Outstanding Documentary nod.
Arguably GLAAD is about positive representations of gays in the media, and Outrage was about outing nasty, closted, anti-gay politicians but Outrage sparked more conversations and interest within both the LGBT and Hetrosexual Communities and brought to light a very dangerous subject matter tahn lets say LGBTs today than, say, Little Ashes, which was probably nominated, in a cheap ploy to get Robert Pattinson to walk the red carpet at one of GLAAD’s New York, LA, or San Francisco awards show galas.
Perhaps GLAAD also would like to explain how LZ Granderson got a GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism the same year he wrote this:
In recent weeks, one would have thought the nation’s first black president was also the nation’s biggest homophobe. Everyone from Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black and radio personality Rachel Maddow to Joe Solmonese, the president of Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest gay advocacy group, seem to be blasting Obama for everything from “don’t ask don’t tell” to Adam Lambert not winning American Idol.
In their minds, Obama is not moving fast enough on behalf of the GLBT community. The outcry is not completely without merit — the Justice Department’s unnerving brief on the Defense of Marriage Act immediately comes to mind. I was upset by some of the statements, but not surprised. (After the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, President Ronald Reagan’s initial handling of AIDS and, more recently, Katrina, there is little that surprises me when it comes to the government and the treatment of its people.)
Still, rarely has criticism regarding Obama and the GLBT community come from the kind of person you would find standing in line at a spot like The Prop House, and there’s a reason for that……..
Despite the catchiness of the slogan, gay is not the new black. Black is still black.
So while the white mouthpiece of the gay community shakes an angry finger at intolerance and bigotry in their blogs and on television, blacks and other minorities see the dirty laundry. They see the hypocrisy of publicly rallying in the name of unity but then privately living in segregated pockets. And then there is the history.
The 40th anniversary of Stonewall dominated Gay Pride celebrations around the country, and while that is certainly a significant moment that should be recognized, 40 years is nothing compared with the 400 blood-soaked years black people have been through in this country. There are stories some blacks lived through, stories others were told by their parents and stories that never had a chance to be told.
While those who were at Stonewall talk about the fear of being arrested by police, 40 years ago, blacks talked about the fear of dying at the hands of police and not having their bodies found or murder investigated. The 13th Amendment was signed in 1865, and it wasn’t until 1948 that President Harry S Truman desegregated the military. That’s more than an 80-year gap.
Not to be flip, but Miley Cyrus is older than Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell.” That doesn’t mean that the safety of gay people should be trivialized or that Obama should not be held accountable for the promises he made on the campaign trail. But to call this month’s first-ever White House reception for GLBT leaders “too little too late” is akin to a petulant child throwing a tantrum because he wants to eat his dessert before dinner. This is one of the main reasons why so many blacks bristle at the comparison of the two movements — everybody wants to sing the blues, nobody wants to live them.
GLAAD is a joke, a laughingstock and totally out of touch. By nominating LZ Granderson and snubbing Kirby Dick it is just another example of how corrupted and how ineffective GLAAD has become.
*And yes I did call Granderson a reverse racist. But when words like “white moutpiece” are used. i think it justifys the term.