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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)


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  1. the director was an homophobic guy who had an erection watching the two kissing, so he had to take a cut

    Posted by: Francisco | Mar 1, 2011 10:38:25 PM

  2. Gays being seen as normal still scare the hell out of Hollywood.

    Posted by: Rick Smith | Mar 2, 2011 4:54:51 PM

  3. 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?

    Posted by: kurt | Mar 2, 2011 5:19:57 PM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: Steve Rosenberger | Mar 3, 2011 1:31:58 AM

  5. The ratings sucked so perhaps they'll think twice about everything (and i mean everything) they did.

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 3, 2011 4:16:37 AM

  6. By the way, ABC/Disney's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has now built mansions for over 200 families, none of them gay.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Mar 3, 2011 12:27:24 PM

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