The Colbert Report last night was exceptional. Here’s my favorite clip:
Gay Demon on the Loose
A couple of weeks ago gay activist Chris Mason started out on his “Driving Equality” tour across America. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s the fellow who conducted Phelps-a-Thons and such to raise money for this cause. You can follow his progress on his website, Driving Equality, and even make a donation if so inclined.
At this moment, he is in Georgia. He’s already passed through West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and more. There’s a handy little GPS page on his blog to show where he is at all times. He’s also posting videos of interviews and such. All in all, a very interesting and entertaining trip.
Here’s a video from the Great Smoky Mountains. It was a pleasant way to start my Saturday morning.
Every once in awhile, a film comes along that is perfect. Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley, is such a film. Originally a play that won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2005, it must have been written in 2004, probably after Bush was “re-elected”, and the fear and despair that reasonable people felt about suffering through another four years of his administration was at its height.
While the film tells the story of a power struggle between a priest and a nun at a Catholic school in 1964, the real struggle is ideological. It is about hope vs. fear, compassion vs. hatred, good vs. evil. The Harry Potter books offer the same theme, but in Doubt there is enough ambiguity to keep you on your toes and really make you think. Throw in some racism and homophobia and you have a film that speaks to our times even though it takes place 45 years ago.
This film is about the current culture war. Meryl Streep’s portrayal of an embittered, cynical, old nun who only sees the worst in people reminds me of Maggie Gallagher at the National Institute of Marriage. They are the ones who recently put out that awful, fear-mongering ad about Teh Gays. But already YouTube is filled with videos countering that hateful message. To see a good selection, check out this post at The Gaytheist Agenda.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was great in Capote not so long ago, was excellent as the priest. As a child, I attended a Catholic church circa 1970 that had similar ideas to those that Hoffman’s character espouses. He reminded me so much of the priest that I knew that it was uncanny.
One other theme that really makes this film great is the idea of change vs. entrenchment. The priest wants to bring the school into the modern age. The nun is incapable of changing. She sees evil everywhere. Love and compassion are alien concepts too her. So the question remains: Are we moving toward a new era of acceptance or are we doomed to be ruled by our fear? And isn’t religion and its antiquated notions of heaven and hell part of the problem?
I gave up on Catholicism thirty years ago, but I would urge Catholics everywhere to watch this movie and really think about what it means. I suppose it is asking too much for the Pope to step into the modern age, but I can hope, can’t I?
It must be a depression if the price of pictures in words has been slashed. Still, I thought I’d post my latest t-shirt designs here anyway, even if they aren’t worth much. Having been laid off from my job last week, I now have lots of time to design t-shirts and really, isn’t that more important than wiring electrical control systems? I think so.
This first one with the graphic of a man in a business suit holding a gun seems apropos for the times. I thought of two different slogans and couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I did them both.
I liked the type treatment so much that I went back and reworked a design that I’d done the day before: Catholics for Condoms. I like this one because it reminds me of that group Jews for Jesus which I always thought was a little strange.
Here’s one I did awhile ago but only posted recently. The sign originally said “will trade stocks for food”, but I like this slogan better. This guy is not some fancy executive, but a typical Wall Street worker who is now disillusioned by the capitalist system. I might have to order one of these shirts for myself.
And finally, a design inspired by the movie “Milk”. This one seemed a natural for a vintage look t-shirt. I’ll have to get one of these, too, and go to Edmond, Oklahoma. Maybe I’ll run into Anita Bryant there.
I don’ like soap operas. I never have and I never will. But one has to admit, they are certainly getting interesting these days. Awhile ago Luke and Noah engaged in a hot gay kiss on “As the World Turns”:
And now we have a lesbian wedding on “All My Children”. I’ve chosen the shortest scene I could find which involves a heterosexual relative making a rather bitchy toast to the happy couple post-ceremony. Sisters will be sisters.
But I wonder what the actual soap-viewing public thinks of these storylines. So I did a blog search and really didn’t find much. The people who were disgusted with Reese and Bianca were disgusted with all the sex and adultery found in the soaps. Some people, particularly lesbians and LGBT-friendly folk, found the story to be poorly written. And most people seem to think that whats-her-face is bisexual and has ulterior motives so it isn’t even a true lesbian romance.
I don’t care one way or the other. I just think it’s good to see people talking about this sort of thing.
Happy Valentine’s Day, and God bless us everyone!