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Right Attacks 'ParaNorman' For Featuring Likeable Gay Jock

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Conservatives are having a fit over news that a jocky character in the new stop-motion film ParaNorman is gay. Nancy French gripes at National Review that "parents who take children to the new movie ParaNorman might have to answer unwanted questions about sex and homosexuality on the way home from the movie theater" after the character, Mitch, casually comes out at the end of the flick.

William Bigelow at Breitbart, meanwhile, takes the gurgling hysteria a step further and presents the plot twist as some kind of trick by nefarious gays.

"ParaNorman" has a character named Mitch, who is, of course, a heavily-muscled jock who seems heterosexual until the end of the movie, at which time a girl named Courtney asks him if he wants to see a movie.

Sure, he says, you’ll just love my boyfriend, who’s into chick flicks.

It’s a time-honored technique of the gay community to hide the fact that a character is gay until the audience has developed a real affinity for him/her, then catch the audience off-guard by divulging that the character is gay.

Yes, gays in film should either be twisted, pathological villains or eccentric outsiders. Never, ever jocky or remotely likeable.

If you haven't seen trailers for ParaNorman yet, I've included one AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. But there was this article in the HuffPo that was pretty inspired! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Amelia/we-need-more-than-glee_b_1836158.html

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 31, 2012 5:32:45 PM



  2. "It’s a time-honored technique of the gay community to hide the fact that a character is gay until the audience has developed a real affinity for him/her, then catch the audience off-guard by divulging that the character is gay." So you are saying that you can develop a real affinity for a person UNTIL you find out they are gay, then everything changes?? Somebody's an OK person but once the gay comes out they immediately become an evil person? F-in unbelievable!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: GABE | Aug 31, 2012 5:33:59 PM


  3. This is by far one of the best films of the year for me. I loved it.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 31, 2012 5:37:02 PM


  4. Now I can't wait to see it!

    Posted by: Peter V | Aug 31, 2012 5:37:16 PM


  5. I think they are just upset that the gay character was a likable jock and not the steretypical girly guy that they have come to know, thus they weren't able to hate him until the end!

    Before he starts I'm going to say it now: please Rick DO NOT start your crap! There are many gay men who are masculine jock types and there are many who are considered effeminate. Live with it. Troll elsewhere!

    Posted by: GABE | Aug 31, 2012 5:39:35 PM


  6. My partner and I saw it on Wednesday, and we thought it was extremely well-done. The character in question was clearly NOT into Norman's sister throughout the whole movie, politely but firmly brushing aside her very clumsy advances.

    So when he did come out, it made perfect sense. No fuss, handled matter-of-factly.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 31, 2012 5:39:38 PM


  7. ""parents who take children to the new movie ParaNorman might have to answer unwanted questions about sex and homosexuality on the way home from the movie theater"

    If a parent isn't prepared to answer some unwanted questions...then chances are they aren't prepared to be a parent in the first place.

    Do these people ever stop clutching their pearls?

    Posted by: Taylor | Aug 31, 2012 5:41:37 PM


  8. Let them have their hissy fit; they know they are losing the battle and are spinning into the boiling cooking pot of their own hatred.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Aug 31, 2012 5:51:07 PM


  9. The term they're looking for is "coded gay".

    To be fair, I always thought that if any guy had a "tribal" tattoo on their tricep that they were at least bi.

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 31, 2012 5:51:45 PM


  10. Unwanted questions for parents???? That question is so easy to answer.

    Some boys like girls and some boys like boys.
    Some girls like boys and some girls like girls.

    EASY !!!!

    Posted by: Tim NC | Aug 31, 2012 5:53:14 PM


  11. There are many masculine gays out there...why don't they have any representation in TV and Movies??....They do exist you know....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Aug 31, 2012 6:05:50 PM


  12. American Catholic has a hugely funny review of it:

    Butler's screenplay, however, which dabbles in sexual humor throughout, concludes with the ironic revelation that a seemingly he-man male character has a boyfriend. However brief and however humorously intended, the scene nonetheless clearly sends a signal that such a relationship ought to be as nonchalantly accepted as it is matter-of-factly announced. As such, it is grievously out of place in a film directed at children...The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

    http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/12mv095.htm

    (For reference, the Bourne Legacy, The Awakening, The Apparition got the same rating).

    Posted by: NOM Comments | Aug 31, 2012 6:10:51 PM


  13. @ALAN

    Not according to Rick the troll!

    Posted by: MATT | Aug 31, 2012 6:11:18 PM


  14. The entire movie is pretty much the gay experience. In one scene the mother tells Norman:

    "sometimes people say hurtful things because they are afraid for you".

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 31, 2012 6:11:54 PM


  15. What a dirty trick! Bigelow could have disliked him all along if only he'd known the character was gay. All that time wasted getting to know him as a person.

    It all reminds me of a wonderful Simpsons quote where Homer is angry over another surprise gay (played by John Waters, so how much of a surprise could it have been?): "You know me, Marge, I like my beer cold, my TV loud, and my homosexuals flaming."

    Posted by: Hans | Aug 31, 2012 6:17:14 PM


  16. This was a terrific movie, visually stunning style and funny dialogue. When the jock "came out" at the end we all laughed out loud. Both of my kids are tween-ers and thought it was hilarious, no shocking after effects. Of course, it could just be that they have two gay dads who happen to be jocks : ) Rick can suck it.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 31, 2012 6:21:14 PM


  17. I interviewed the screenwriter (straight, I think), who said the detail was part of his insistence that the movie be about the idea that the minute you think you have someone pegged, you realize you don't. Sweet little, totally matter-of-fact moment in the film. I'm glad I saw it before everyone started spoiling it.

    Posted by: chris | Aug 31, 2012 6:21:57 PM


  18. Conservative christians don't have the ability anymore to even see what issues they should be concerned with. (not that i agree), but shouldn't they be more concerned about ghosts and demons being portrayed as nice or whatever, if they are practicing catholics. I think kids would more be concerned with the fact that dead people would start talking to them, than a guy with a date....

    Posted by: juan | Aug 31, 2012 6:49:13 PM


  19. It is also time honored tradition for the catholic church to rape and molest innocent children; move their priest around and hide the fact I the crime!

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 31, 2012 6:54:20 PM


  20. Well, now it's spoiled. Then again, I didn't really have any interest in the film until now.

    Posted by: daws | Aug 31, 2012 7:18:56 PM


  21. William Bigelow is a twit. I wouldn't be surprised if he's gay himself.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 31, 2012 7:50:05 PM


  22. The "OMG, gayz!!!!" attitude/actions from bigoted straights is so tired. What these people truly want is an elimination of homosexuality. They're pathologically distressed regarding homosexuality and think everyone else should be to. These people truly are sick. It's almost comical to me at this point.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 31, 2012 7:53:09 PM


  23. I saw the film last weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the revelation. And the fact that it was done so nonchalantly and like it wasn't a huge deal was awesome as well, kudos to the filmmakers on that one.

    Also have to mention, the film was really enjoyable, these Catholic organizations can ride it down mainstreet. If you can't have an honest discussion with your children, that's your problem, not ours.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Aug 31, 2012 8:22:21 PM


  24. I saw the film last weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the revelation. And the fact that it was done so nonchalantly and like it wasn't a huge deal was awesome as well, kudos to the filmmakers on that one.

    Also have to mention, the film was really enjoyable, these Catholic organizations can ride it down mainstreet. If you can't have an honest discussion with your children, that's your problem, not ours.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Aug 31, 2012 8:22:22 PM


  25. "It’s a time-honored technique of the gay community to hide the fact that a character is gay until the audience has developed a real affinity for him/her, then catch the audience off-guard by divulging that the character is gay."

    Because, in a time-honored technique of idiotic bigots, if we know someone is gay, we hate them first and don't bother to get to know them.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | Aug 31, 2012 8:27:57 PM


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