Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hancock Homophobic?

Will Smith and I have a special relationship. First of all I've chosen him to play me when they make the movie about my life. Also 4th of July weekend has on several occasions been Big Willie Weekend. We have seen several major movies from Will hit the theaters during our Independence Weekend. So with my birthday being July 2, I've been able to celebrate with Big Willie (by taking in his movies) while he rakes in the millions.

This latest big feature was again released on my birthday and I went and saw it opening day. I was very pleased. I left the theater thinking damn, that man makes good movies. So a few days ago I was browsing through the blogosphere and found several posts that talk about the homophobia in the movie.

I had to seriously think about this. Was there something in the movie that I should have been offended by? After diving into the first post I finally remembered the scene. Will Smith is playing the anti-hero. He is a drunk and he's rude and abrasive. When he saves the life of Jason Bateman's character, there is an effort to change his image and make him a good guy. So when a comic book is held to Hancock's face and he's asked, "What do you think?" he responds "Homo."

I thought it was kinda funny. Hey, it was funny. So now GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Againstg Defamation) and other bloggers are telling me that I should take offense. To that I say - Homo please! The man is playing an asshole. Have you stopped to think that maybe if someone like this is exhibiting this behaviour then maybe the movie is telling us that this is wrong.
I think Will Smith has done enough for our community to not warrant this attack. He has lended his celebrity status to the fight against HIV/ AIDS? Or have they forgotten that already? By the way that's will in the far left in the photo above. His fight against HIV has helped the cause in Africa and here at home. Just before the release of the movie Will was the host of the 46664 concert to raise money for the disease in South Africa.

In his first attempt at the big screen, Six Degrees of Celebration, he plays a homosexual. Or have they forgotten? Now I'll be the first to admit - as far as gay cinema goes, this is not the best in the barrel. But we have to give him credit for the effort. Also, I love the fact that he's a bottom in the movie. I still crack up when I picture him being caught with his legs in the air.

The main reason I love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is that Will (although he played straight) was often able to queen out without it coming off as offensive or demeaning to gays.

If Will didn't have a track record of being a friend to the community I would give these posts some validity. But because of this history these posts that attack Will Smith and his character piss me off. Quit reading so damn much into one line of a movie.

Also, how hot is Will in his uniform? Maybe I'm turning into a leather daddy but I have to admit I think it's hot. How can you be mad at man that looks like this. I mean really - he could probably slap me in front of my mama and call me out of my name and I'd forgive him (LOL). But seriously, this age of political correctness has gone a bit too far when we allow something as minimal as this to get the red flags waving. There are way to many other real issues we need to be focusing on.

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