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Sony Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal: Let's Get Rid of 'Fag, Faggot, Homo, Dyke' in Movies

SONY Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal spoke about the need to get rid of gay slurs and steretyping in the movies at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's gala on Thursday night, Deadline reports.

PascalSaid Pascal, in part:

Brokeback Mountain, Milk, Boys Don’t Cry, Philadelphia, The Hours, Gods and Monsters, The Talented Mr. Ripley, A Single Man, My Own Private Idaho, Cloud Atlas – in all these movies, the main character is murdered or martyred or commits suicide or just dies unhappily. And there are far more pernicious and dangerous images that confront gay kids and their parents: the lesbian murderer, the psychotic transvestite, the queen who is humiliated and sometimes tossed off a ship or a ledge. It’s a big joke. It still happens.

How many times have you heard a character imply to another that the worst thing about going to prison isn’t being locked up for the rest of your life, it’s the homosexuality? And old stereotypes still exist. The most benign stereotypes would have a gay kid believe that they will end up being the asexual, witty best friend of the pretty girl, or a drag queen, or a swishy hairdresser. The list goes on...

...Not every gay character needs to be defined by his or her sexuality. Can’t being gay just be one stitch in the fabric of someone’s life? Can’t we depict men and women who just so happen to be gay – perhaps a lawyer or soldier or business executive or scientist or engineer…

We need to create an atmosphere that encourages people to speak up, so we get this right.

How about next time, when any of us are reading a script and it says words like fag, or faggot – homo – dyke – take a pencil and just cross it out. Just don’t do it.

Read the full excerpt at Deadline...

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  1. Her intentions may be good but removing all that gay history and culture would be dangerous.

    It's like saying we can never make films about the slave trade or world wars because we may upset black people or Germans. History has happened. It has affected us all. We need to make films about these issues so the next generations can see our mistakes and learn from them.

    We need our young to hear these hateful, vile words and to see films with gay characters leading very hard lives and quite often having terrible deaths. These are the real lives that many gay people have been forced to endure. Many still do.

    I don't want our youngsters to equate gay lifestyles with Disney character lifestyles ! That is far more dangerous than the truth.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Mar 23, 2013 6:49:24 PM


  2. This lady is crazy. Did she seriously just call prison rape "homosexuality?"

    Sorry, but being raped is probably way worse than being locked up. Sure, comments about going to jail inevitably involve jokes about gays and that's a problem. But prison rape is a serious issue. It's a violation of one's bodily integrity, regardless of the sex of the perpetrator.

    Posted by: John | Mar 23, 2013 9:20:58 PM


  3. Someone used my initials GB cause they were too cowardly to respond with theirs. So I get some perverted response, which really restores faith in gays. Sorry to ruin your fantasy, but I'm a virgin when it come to woman. I'm 100% gay.

    Posted by: GB | Mar 23, 2013 10:48:13 PM


  4. John : She's an educated woman. It's reasonable to believe that if she meant rape she would have said rape.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 23, 2013 10:49:39 PM


  5. GB, it was Little Frankenfag (Kiwi), he does that sort of thing from time to time to extend the gay stereotype so that it includes sick sadistic perve. He's likely to do it to me now as he has done before zzzzzzzzzzz.

    Posted by: A FRIEND | Mar 23, 2013 10:54:20 PM


  6. Since she does not seem to understand the nuances of words and how they could be used..THIS IS JUST CENSORSHIP......Once again we'll wind up with "Will and Grace" gay characters...Thanks but no Thanks......

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Mar 24, 2013 10:31:51 AM


  7. @Alan Brickman, I would assume that Will & Grace is the exact opposite of what she's talking about. Will, the handsome but prissy, sexless and neurotic gay man whose primary, if not only, emotional attachment is with a woman. Or Jack, the shallow, stupid, and sex-obsessed buffoon.

    One of the reasons I started watching the Daily Show is that WAY back in 2000 their TV critic savaged Will & Grace for its offensive stereotypical portrayal of gays while at the same time pretending to be "groundbreaking." Though I later stopped taking it so seriously, that had been my initial reaction to W&G too.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-14-2000/tv-guy---will-and-grace

    Unless the plot is somehow "gay themed" I guess I prefer the ParaNorman approach, where at some point a character is revealed to be gay but it's peripheral to whatever function he/she has in the story. I watched Pitch Perfect the other night and for a while I thought they were actually going to do something interesting and have one of the more central characters revealed as "the lesbian," since there were IMO hints in that direction. But nope, "the gay one" is revealed to be the tough black chick with butch hair, complete with another girl panicking and blowing her "rape whistle" when that character's hand lands on her boob during a fall. It was cheap, lazy, and worse yet, not funny.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 24, 2013 11:04:31 AM


  8. I thought that American Gigolo worked gay characters into the plot rather well. It also used the fag-word.

    It really comes down to this - All movies aren't Disney. People really do use ethnic slurs both affectionately and hatefully. Sometimes they simply use them because they are ignorant, out of touch, or because it's normal in their subculture.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 24, 2013 11:16:06 AM


  9. "the worst thing about going to prison isn’t being locked up for the rest of your life, it’s the homosexuality? "

    Rarely do you see such ignorance displyed. It is not about homosexuality, it is about rape and other forms of violence!

    As for banning words - are books next?

    People produce what sells and trying to make aberrant behavior mainstream isn't a solution.

    Posted by: not today | Mar 24, 2013 11:26:15 AM


  10. not today -

    She was not saying that, she was referring to the commonplace (even on this forum) habit of people joking that "Well, he'll spend 5 years as some thug's girlfriend." This sort of comment is offensive on a number of levels, but that doesn't mean that it should be excluded from a movie. It would be like making a movie about Brooklyn in the 40's with no cigarettes and no belching.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 24, 2013 11:30:56 AM


  11. @David Hearne, FWIW American Gigolo is one of the films Vito Russo singled out for its offensive portrayal. Think about it. Richard Gere is boffing all these rich women behind their husbands' backs, refusing to have sex with "fags" to demonstrate that he does have some standards, but who turns out to be the real killer? IIRC it was the gay black pimp with the much younger, strung-out "boyfriend."

    Take that how you will.

    @not today, I don't think it's so much an appeal to "ban" words as use them with a little more thought.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 24, 2013 11:40:13 AM


  12. She means well.

    Posted by: Edd | Mar 25, 2013 12:09:30 PM


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