Brokeback Mountain opens today in limited release, and reviews will be popping up all over the place.
“Ex-gay” Stephen Bennett and his wife Irene of Stephen Bennett Ministries are up in arms about the movie, of course. Here’s what they said on their radio show, Straight Talk Radio.
Irene: “The Marlboro Man has succumbed to the homosexual agenda and John Wayne must be turning over in his grave…They’re talking about Oscar potential for this movie? I agree. First, I give it a ‘thumbs down’ for its message. Second, I give it an Oscar for the number one homosexual propaganda movie of the year.”
Stephen: “First they got in the door with Will and Grace, then Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Now that people have been made ‘comfortably numb,’ they’re pushing the limits with this one…
…This movie sends a very dangerous message to America’s youth – and especially married couples with a struggling spouse. I just spoke with a married man on the telephone who is contemplating leaving his wife and children. He’s says he’s gay – and Brokeback Mountain has influenced his decision. I spent a lot of time with this man telling him it’s not what they’re making it out to be. I know – I was there for 11 years. Believe me, we can sadly expect to see a lot more men like former Governor Jim McGreevy of New Jersey not only resigning from their jobs, but from their wives, children and families…
…In the end, don’t be fooled. This movie is not a ‘love story’ at all. Ask the real wives, children and families whose lives have been destroyed, as they have ‘lived’ Brokeback Mountain. Personally, I would have made the movie from the wives’ and children’s perspective and appropriately called it Heartbreak Hotel.”
The Towleroad Guide to Brokeback Mountain [tr]