Did Oscar Producers Get ‘Gay Panic’ When Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem Kissed During the Telecast?


Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem exchanged a playful kiss and danced at the Oscars but viewers never saw the kiss and producers quickly cut away from the dance, which is a shame because the producers clearly needed something in the telecast that was entertaining.

AfterElton's Michael Jensen wonders why it was censored:

"Viewers saw the two men walk out onto stage where they engaged in an apparently impromptu dance, though viewers only saw a flash of that before the camera jumped to an extended shot of Penelope Cruz…So why the cut away? On one hand, it seems unlikely that ABC would find a kiss between Bardem and Brolin to be something needing to be censored. After all, back in 2006, the Oscar telecast included a Brokeback Mountain spoof featuring Jon Stewart and George Clooney in bed. On the other hand, the cutaway to Cruz seemed awkward and clearly lasted until the two men had stopped dancing. Frankly, it's hard not to wonder if it might not have something to do with the Adam Lambert imbroglio from the American Music Awards."

ABC told AfterElton it would have no comment on the issue.

FLASHBACK: Brolin and Bardem have a tradition of getting affectionate and playful on Oscar night.

(dance photo source, kiss photo source)



  1. luminum says

    I called that when it happened. There’s no way it was by accident. They broadcast just the beginning of them coming together and then smash cut to Penelope Cruz for 8 or 9 seconds? Sad.

    Not two men dancing together! Heavens to Betsy!

  2. sal says


  3. Francis says

    I didn’t see it, but looking at it on replays, clearly intentional. You would think ABC had learned their lesson, after the Lambert situation blew up in their face, receiving way more negative calls than calls supporting their homophobia. But, I guess not. Says a whole lot about the type of people at ABC who are willing to show an interview of a crack/sex addict early in the morning, but late at night will not show two men smooching. Wonder when these TV execs will get over the “OMG, gays!” phase.

  4. Francis says

    Oh, and of course ABC isn’t going to comment. They are going to pretend nothing happened whatsoever and let the storm pass. Time to put the pressure on ABC to explain this.

  5. says

    I wish I had noticed that bullsh*t, so I could have removed the whole broadcast from my DVR. Truth told, I skipped through lots of the show anyway, b/c I really just wanted to see Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) duet with Mandy Moore.

  6. says

    Yeah I thought that cutaway was a bit odd too. I actually thought (what I saw of it) looked cute and wanted to see more. I figured they must have made an obscene gesture or something for the camera to have pulled away so long. I never thought two guys dancing would be considered obscene.

  7. Bob R says

    Ahh yes. More proof of Hollywood’s blatant liberalism! What a bunch of cowardly bastards. But, for me personally, it’s irrelevant because I don’t watch the insipid Oscar circus and I’m not a movie goer.

  8. GraphicJack says

    I noticed it as well and thought it was bullshit. I am surprised to here that they actually kissed, too. Good for them for being so comfortable with the sexuality… it’s obvious both guys are straight, but up for a laugh and they totally exposed ABC’s homophobia.

  9. Doug says

    Before everyone condemns the Oscar producers, ABC, Disney and media in general, you might want to step back and consider that the show director had seconds to make that call to switch cameras.

    Was it a bad decision? Yes. Does the director have a room full of producers and network execs standing behind him second guessing his every move? Yes.

    It was a bad call in a 3+ hour live telecast. That’s all.

  10. Teapot Tempest says

    I didn’t see it but now that I’ve heard about it I’m sure they are both gay. And poor Penelope’s marriage is doomed now!

    And what extremely bad taste to cut away to the injured party’s face as her spouse cheats on her. Shocking! Outrageous!

    Just watch now as many celebrity marriages disintegrate after this fiasco.

  11. says

    Thinking about it, it AIR’d on ABC, but it is up to DIRECTOR’s and PRODUCER’s what went out on a LIVE broadcast who are chosen by the Academy. Don’t think you can really blame ABC on this one.

  12. jaragon says

    Well the Oscars is a family show! Not the Gay Superbowl. The cutaway was obvious and awkward-well at least we got Mr Franco is drag and is those nice white ballet tights in the opening spoof which remained the highlight of the show.

  13. Francis says

    Family show? Um, a same-sex smooch is not anti-family, immoral nor offense towards children, Jaragon. Also, Doug, you’re right, it is the directors who made the bad decision. But no, it’s not “that’s all.” It’s homophobia, labeling any mere same-sex embrace as essentially over the top, potentially offensive publicly toxic. They cut a dance and smooch, not even a kiss, but a smooch, between 2 straight guys on the Oscars. Is homosexuality that contentious an issue and that disturbing that this is wholly necessary? I don’t think so, and I think a stern message needs to be sent that this is unacceptable.

  14. MarcosD says

    It was probably a planned cutaway, specially if nothing special was expected on stage. It is not the first time cameras cut to a wife, husband, or family as actors walk out on stage. Such drama queens.

  15. jaragon says

    The excuse they are going to give is that the Oscars is a live show- but didn’t one of the producers of “The King’s Speech” thank his boyfriend ?!

  16. kurt says

    Yes..keep plugging away…its interesting that this only came to light 3 days after the broadcast…you could not find two straighter actors than those 2 so whats the big deal?

  17. says

    How many angels can dance on the head of this pin? No, two men dressed up like wedding-cake grooms kissing and dancing with each other isn’t obscene, shouldn’t be censored – but evidently someone, somewhere didn’t want it sullying one billion tv screens. This doesn’t make an entire tv network homophobic. There’s an awful lot of time and energy being expended on this… and I just think that would be more productively channeled into letting your elected officials know that there are much more real threats to your freedom and equal rights than a fidgety Oscar producer.

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