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Right Attacks 'ParaNorman' For Featuring Likeable Gay Jock


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. *very tolerant BTW it should have read!

    Posted by: DAN | Sep 1, 2012 10:10:46 PM

  2. What should be more appalling then a gay cartoon character (Sponge Bob all over again) is that these tea-party freaks actually go to the movies. I thought dancing and cinema were forbidden in their bible. They certainly have a scripture for everything. Oh, and I'm sure none of them saw the movie. They lie as much as they judge.

    Posted by: velocifero | Sep 2, 2012 9:37:44 AM

  3. The movie does attack the tea party types who are portrayed as violence hungry mob who are the real monsters.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 2, 2012 5:09:43 PM

  4. rich is an idiot.

    it's not that "liberals dont' like conservatives", it's that liberals are intelligent and compassionate enough to have SPECIFIC ISSUES with stances and mindset condoned and promoted by "conservatives"

    conservatives, however, tend to dislike liberals "because they're liberals"

    i tried explaining this to my republican family in Michigan, who dislike democrats because theyr'e democrats. they said "you do the same thing to republicans", and then i proved them wrong by listing actual specifics of the GOP platform that i take specific issue with.

    my extended-fam's issue with "democrats"? uh...well, an aunt said "Obama is a socialist"

    so we can see how deeply they know what they're talking about, eh? ;-)

    time and time again you'll get conservatives saying "oh, you liberals demand tolerance but you can't extend it to us. oh you can' handle different opinions."

    why? simple - without generic and broadly meaningless soundbites they can't say anything. asking a conservative for specifics is a lost cause. they have none.

    btw, Paranorman is AMAZING

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 2, 2012 6:20:32 PM

  5. I just got back from seeing ParaNorman with a diverse group of friends and we all liked it.
    As for the"Mitch" character: Despite what the Brietbart reviewer says, there was NOTHING suggesting he was heterosexual at any point in the movie.
    We don't actually know whether he's gay or bi, but we do know in the end that he is unavailable to the girl who is interested in him, and since she is the one who has refused to see those obvious clues all along, she (and NOT the audience) is the only one who should be caught off-guard by the fact he's not into her.
    The whole point was that all the townspeople (including the girl crushing on Mitch) were ignoring the evidence about everyone else's true character.
    And as for that "time-honored tradition" in movies of hiding the orientation of a likeable gay character until late in the story, I can only wish that thee were sny such "tradition."
    Most gay characters in Hollywood have "traditionally" had their orientation presented right from the beginning as if it defines them more than anything, and often as an object of ridicule. I really winder if he could name two movies off the top of his head which exhibit this "time-honored tradition."

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 2, 2012 11:13:25 PM

  6. That irascible and ridiculous film reviewer, Nancy French, states: "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".

    Well, Friday night I took two of my three grandsons (first grandson is 13; second grandson is 5) to see ParaNorman. This is the conversation we had as we left the theatre:

    Me to First: "So, what did you think of the movie?"

    First: "Oh, it was OK. I liked it. It had some funny parts. Where're we gonna eat?"

    Me to Second: "How about you? Did you like the movie?"

    Second: "Yeah, I liked it a lot. It was funny. Are you gonna come and watch me in karate class tomorrow?"

    So much for the "hard questions".

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 3, 2012 3:43:36 AM

  7. So now their panties are in a bunch over a movie. What are these "Christians" doing to make their lives more like Jesus? Complain about some animated movie? Really? I doubt Jesus would give a rat's behind about some movie. Why don't these people just stop it with the complaining, and go do something CONSTRUCTIVE! Aren't there needy people in their area they could be helping? Any food banks that need a lending hand? How about homeless shelters...can't they go volunteer there? Visit the elderly or ill, help clean up a neighborhood, help a MANY things these "Christians" could be doing, but no, they would rather sit around and complain. Here's a news flash: you are so far removed from Jesus Christ and Christian ideals, you should be shot for impersonation of a Christian. You are not even worthy to utter His name. Christ cannot be in your heart with all that hate. Turn it around before it's too late!

    Posted by: millerbeach | Sep 5, 2012 2:04:48 AM

  8. Gay characters should not be in any child bull**** excuses I don't care if I hurts anyones feelings, but its the straight truth! No its not normal to be gay, and u all know it in your hearts, suck it up its the truth if u want to be gay watever that's u but I don't want my children exposed to ur sins/faults...I don't throw my sins/faults in front of my children because I don't want to be a bad example...they don't need to see that crap until they're older...right now they are innocent so so dont take my childrens innocence away with ur bull****

    Posted by: raquel | Dec 27, 2012 5:12:08 PM

  9. The problem this people have is not with the character, or with the media he is being portrayed on, or the target audience of it, but with their own ways of thinking.
    They can go out of their way to say that homosexuals are lowlifes, that we're trash and that we deserve the worst their belief system has to offer because they objectify us. By demonizing us they rob us of our humanity, and thus it becomes easy for them to say cruel things.
    That's why they talk about us as being some sort of cult, or to have hidden agendas, they make up ridiculous stuff to derange from their own responsibilities, to soothe their guilt, as if to tell themselves it is ok to hurt us because they're the righteous ones and we're evil.
    But when they give a face to the homosexual, when they start thinking of them as a he or a she instead of an it, then they become conflicted, their morals clash because they are forced to recognize us as equally fragile human beings.
    Mitch is not challenging kids, most kids know better than to give a darn about his romantic life, no, he is challenging adults that cannot accept that the reality of human nature is applied to each and every one of us.

    Posted by: redapple | May 14, 2013 4:14:04 PM

  10. I think what made people upset about the whole gay issue is that here they are, feeling good about the whole tolerance and acceptance factor, feeling great about themselves because they're thinking of themselves as good people, only to have the bubble destroyed when their hypocrisy is shoved in their face by their inability to accept a gay character.

    I can just imagine, in their heads they're saying, "yes, we should be tolerant and accepting of those who are different than we are, no matter their differences because it's wrong to judge them. This is a good movie because we should all be like Norman."

    And then we get to hear Mitch's "gay" line and blows their so-called "tolerant" self-image right out of the water. People hate it when they've been caught in a lie, thinking they're good people, only to find out they're just as bad as the people who judged the little girl.

    Posted by: Truth | Oct 18, 2014 8:24:47 PM

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