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Adam Sandler Open to Working with Gay Rights Groups

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In Mexico City to promote the opening (are they really still rolling out this film?) of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Adam Sandler told reporters that he would be willing to work with gay rights groups, the AP reports.

Adam2_2Said the actor: ''If I can help anybody in any way, I certainly would.''

A reporter asked Sandler if he thought he might become a "gay icon"...

Said Sandler: ''I don't think that's gonna happen, dude, certainly not. If I was a gay man, I wouldn't want me to represent [the gay community]."

Kevin James was asked about some reactions to the movie labeling it homophobic: "Of course, we didn't want to offend anybody or hurt anybody.If we can help people too along the way, that would be great."

And Sandler received the obligatory kiss question, which he called "Not bad...He was clean, and he seemed to brush his teeth and all that."

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  1. I don't think this movie was homophobic. I don't think it was particularily good, although the humor might be more suited to people younger then myself.
    The big picture here is that the overall message was positive. Also think of how many people (possibly homophobic) went to see this movie based solely on Adam S. being the star! I think it was a good way to get the positive message about gay lifestyle, civil unions, etc. introduced to a section of the public that probably was ignorant to it.

    Posted by: bob | Sep 28, 2007 10:47:54 AM


  2. The movie homophobic? How could that be? SAAD luved it! Morons!

    Still, I don’t think Sandler is homophobic as much as he is homostupid—not informed enough to get that hugging the gays in part of a movie doesn’t make up for the ridicule and misrepresentation of gays in the rest of the movie. So someone should tell him that the best way he could immediately help us is to shove “Chuck & Larry” up, er, back in the closet.

    Interestingly, according to boxofficemojo.com, the fake gay couple and a certain fake woman, released at the same time, are virtually neck and waddle in what they’ve brought in domestically, but, so far, “Hairspray,” which suggests “gay” to many because of Travolta’s beady-eyed drag show, is ahead worldwide. Sandler’s movies apparently don’t do as well internationally as here. “The picture has floundered outside the English-speaking territories, with the exception of Russia….” Gee, isn’t that where the Gestapo, er, police stand by while religious fascists, Soviet skinheads, and babuska banshees try to kill gay demonstrators?

    “Hairspray’s” budget wasn't listed, but Sandler and James [sounds more like beer than queer] are still out their trying to peddle their lame joke because its proportion of cost to income is still so unacceptable: $85 mil to $146 mil. These days, $85 mil might not sound like a lot to make a film, but think of the mindboggling action sequences, the large "name" cast, and the location shooting around the world when you read that “Bourne Ultimatum” only cost $110 mil to make versus "Chuck & Larry's" $85 mil. My favorite film of the year, I’m happy to see Bourne's brought in $366 mil so far.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Sep 28, 2007 10:52:55 AM


  3. RE Bob's puerile, ignorant ["lifestyle"?] praise for the film, we submit another perspective. Ironically, we wish the writer had been as on target in her last job.

    "Wearing the Special Gay Decoder Glasses"
    Posted July 24, 2007 | 09:45 AM (EST)
    Huffington Post

    My 12-year-old daughter Kit and I went to the movies last night. I was the only person there over 20. And as I think about it, we were among the only females in the theatre. It makes sense. After all, we were seeing an Adam Sandler movie -- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

    I had to see it. I was beyond curious. You see, I stood up for Adam Sandler once during my tenure as the executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Adam Sandler's best friends from college fell in love and played a strong supporting role (albeit stereotypical) in the Sandler hit Big Daddy. I argued for its nomination for a GLAAD Media Award that year. My position was that Sandler was reaching a critical audience -- pimply teenage boys -- and that he deserved recognition for his choice to be inclusive.

    In that movie, Sandler was very comfortable with his gay pals. In fact. he was the voice of reason in numerous situations in which others were uncomfortable. "They just watch different porn," he said. And after the two men kiss and another friend expresses discomfort, Sandler says matter-of-factly, "That's what gay guys do."

    Chuck and Larry is different. There is something about it that feels duplicitous and I left the theatre mad. Sandler has done something ingenuous. The pimply teenage boys love gay jokes. Sandler knew he would get great mileage from playing a flagrantly heterosexual homophobe surrounded by men dressed as butterflies and young sissies in tap shoes. And the weekend box office results prove it -- Sandler beat Potter this weekend -- $34.8 million to $32.2 million.

    But here's the ingenuous part. There's a second movie hiding in there but you can only see it if you wear your special gay decoder glasses.

    There is the hilarious movie in which Adam Sandler plays a total sexist pig who agrees to pretend to be gay to help out his friend who needs pension benefits. That film uses words like "butt pirate" to great comic effect.

    Then there is the film you can see only with the special glasses. In this one, the premise is the same but the sexist pig is changed by the experience. He reaches a greater understanding of issues facing the gay community as well as a greater understanding of what it really means to be in a relationship. In this version of the film, there are sweet and preachy moments and you must ignore the use of words like "butt pirate."

    In one scene, Chuck and Larry leave an AIDS benefit to find protesters waiting outside. Chuck gets called a faggot and slugs one of them. In the first movie, the one reaching the folks who drove the $34.8 million, you see Chuck's motive clearly -- that being called a faggot gives you license to slug. In the gay-friendly version, the audience sees Sandler sticking up for his "peeps."

    The pimply teens will only remember the, slow-motion, aborted kiss. They will remember that it was hilarious. With my decoder glasses, I can appreciate that they were willing to go that far (and in public no less!). The boys will remember the big African American firefighter dancing and singing "I'm Every Woman" in the locker room shower. In my version, I pick up on that accepting look on Chuck's face while the rest of the men look on in horror and get the 'change of heart' message.

    Having defended Sandler once before, my gut tells me that Chuck's "change of heart" was always an integral part of the plot line but that message did not hit its intended target. And I hope that Sandler will use the platform he has to communicate that message more directly to the kids bringing him so much success.

    There's a courtroom scene at the end of the film. The judge rules in Chuck and Larry's favor and the courtroom crowd bursts into applause with lots of cheering. There were about eight pimply teens two rows behind us. They began to cheer, too. I turned to see the looks on their faces but Kit didn't have to. She leaned over and said, "They are not really cheering cheering." I knew what she meant. The technical term for what they were doing rhymes with cheering. It's called jeering.

    Nope, the boys were not cheering. And neither was I."

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Sep 28, 2007 11:09:42 AM


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