The new movie,”ParaNorman” features the first openly gay character in an animated movie, and conservatives are not happy about it. The character in question, Mitch, is a muscled jock who doesn’t lisp, mince around, or use the phrase “Hey gurrrl”.
“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. Mitch kicks a zombie’s head for a mile, then reacts with amazement at his own strength.” -William Bigelow of Beitbart.com
Apparently gay characters can only either be flaming stereotypes or assholes.
If they really were “brave” they’d announce from the start that Mitch was gay and see just how many parents would take their children to see this movie.
Uh, no. I found no problem with Mitch being *gasp* exposed as gay at the end for a few reasons:
* No one ‘outs’ him. At no point does anyone go ‘oh man it’s that gay jock lol” He’s just Mitch. His sexuality does not define him.
* Mitch does not show any sort of attraction to Courtney. At all. If you have the chance to watch the movie again, pay attention - while she flirts her ass off, he doesn’t reciprocate. There’s no bait-and-switch going on - we as the audience might not know that Mitch is gay, but Mitch the character does.
* Mitch is not ashamed of being gay. When Courtney implies a movie night, he says she’ll love his boyfriend, he’s totally into chick flicks. Bam. The end. Either the community they’re in is such that the fact that he’s gay isn’t a big deal, or he’s comfortable enough being himself that bringing up the fact that he has a boyfriend to someone he (let’s be honest here) barely knows isn’t a stress factor.
I do think they were brave - I think they were brave to include well-adjusted, non-stereotypical gay character in a movie with a wide-ranging audience including children, and not make his sexuality be the sole, or even major, aspect of his character. (The major aspect of his character being his care for his brother and his compassion for others, exemplified in his agreement to go help Norman out even though he didn’t know the kid.)
I feel like actually watching this movie now.
It also defies the “guy gets the girl” endings, too. Or even vice-versa. It’s a wonderful movie, but I think other aspects of it (like the freaky-ass witch and swearing) is not suitable for children.
I wanna see this movie.