Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Gods and Monsters

Recently the world learned of the death of Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University and the Moral Majority (which I question if it really is moral or a majority). It has been quite interesting observing people's reactions to this event. Now, I will admit I really don't know all that much about the revered Reverend. Like most people, I am aware that he pandered to the ultra-right, attempting to scare them into casting their vote in the Republican direction. And, of course, there is the big one. The notorious Tele-Tubby fiasco from a few years back. At this point, words almost escape me. Almost. WHAT IN GOD'S NAME WAS HE THINKING???? A cartoon character - GAY ?!?!?! Let me say it again: A cartoon character - GAY?!?!?!? I know we been all over this when it happened the first time around and after all the watercooler talk died down, we promptly dismissed it for what it was, the ravings of a way out of touch lunatic. But, now that we have to revisit it as part of Falwell's legacy, it sounds no less shocking or inane. As amusing and stupid (apparently stupid is the new pink) as his vicious attacks on the cartoon community were, his attacks and hatred of our community were far worse.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not a crusader. Haven't never been, don't never wanna be. I am not in the least interested in marching on Washington or waving flags. I have far more important things to do, such as sitting on my ass and consuming alcohol. Nor do Falwell's rants and raves affect me in my day-to-day existence in the least. I mean, before he died, when was the last time he crossed my mind? The problem is, he probably should have crossed it on occasion. If for no other reason than to be aware of the state of things, as it were. Like I said earlier, I don't know very much about the man and I am sure that he has done good during his lifetime. Regardless, it is a shame that his legacy is one of hate-filled attacks on a real and imagined community. Perhaps his life will serve to remind us all that we can do better. I guess Tinky-Winky got the last laugh after all.

Still the way it is...

Creative Thinker

*** A note on the title. Gods and Monsters is a film based on the true story of James Whale, an old-school Hollywood director, most noted for directing the classic Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. It stars the amazing Ian McClellan, known mostly to us fanboys and geeks as Magneto - no explanation needed, Brendan Fraser and Lynn Redgrave in a remarkable role. Do yourself a favor and check this out for a different glimpse into Hollywood of yesteryear. You wont be disappointed and I wont even charge you for the opportunity of having some of my vast cultural wisdom bestowed upon you.

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