Monday, February 20, 2006

Care Bear II: Son of Care Bear - The Reckoning

Starring Peter Coyote as Warren Entsch, Liberal Party MP

Right, so remember the interview we did on 3CR Radio with the Liberal Party MP?
"No, I wasn't listening that day," they say (I never listen to 3CR, myself...).
Okay, well read my entry called Care Bear if you haven't already done so and then come back here for a second serving of shite.
Let's continue: we had a little bit of a fallout from that interview.
Needless to say we, the Thursday Breakfast team, were all reeling from the shock of that horrendous interview in the first place.
But apparently we got a complaint call. Yes, somebody rang up and said it was awful. Fair enough (people are actually listening... weird...).
Consequently, we received a speaking to from one of the coordinators of 3CR. And rightly so.
Did you ever see Bitter Moon? It's perhaps Roman Polanski's
worst film - and he's done some right stinkers.
It stars Peter Coyote as a sexually humiliated idiot...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bareback Mounting

Well, for want of something better to talk about...
I went to see Brokeback Mountain last week.
It is such a fine film.
Ang Lee has such a deft touch, the film was atmospheric thanks to some great visuals and the music and acting and the script were all really sensitive.
It felt real.
A love story that wasn't totally fanciful for once.
I went to some kinda queer-a-thon in the park called Carnival just the other day.
Had to pay $5 for the privilege of people trying to sell me shit I didn't want on the presumed basis of my sexuality ie. 'You're queer: you'll want a home loan!'.
Yes, there was lots of rainbow love.
Why is the discourse around queerness in the hands of middle class wankers?

With the exception of Brokeback Mountain of course.
Compare the reality of the movie with the reality of the so-called real (Carnival).
My next entry won't have anything to do with sexuality.

I stole this off some blog.
It's called 'nothing to say', apparently.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Care Bear

The ... ahem ... Honorable Warren Entsch (pictured above) is, for a Liberal Party MP, quite radical when it comes to equal rights for homos.
Unfortunately for him, the notion of equal rights is kinda old hat and conservative, based, as this notion is, on the stupid idea of sameness (ie. black people are the same as white people, 'queers' as 'straights' and that this sameness holds within these groups too, as in homogeneity - all of which is fallacious).
One of my 3CR Radio Thursday Breakfast co-hosts, Emma, interviewed him this
morning (the first time a Liberal Party MP has been on the station?) about his vocal stance on same sex couple's rights to marry and join the army, police force, other oppressive institutions, etc. etc., which stands in opposition to his fearless leader (John Howard) and the opposition leader (Kim Beazley)'s refusal to engage in any discussion about the existence of people who live queer sexualities (and, unlike Entsch, I'm not just talking gays and lesbians but bi, trans and intersex people too).
Apart from tooting his and the Liberal Party's trumpet, Entsch also used that tired old cliche about having gay friends who were quite nice, cooked him dinner, actually appeared to be somehow related to other humans, etc.
But the real inexcusable crime occured over and over when he kept referring to homos who have been in monogamous loving relationships for five, ten, twenty years.

What he's doing is normativising queer sexualities, which is another way of saying that he is validating queer relationships that more or less follow the pattern of heterosexual monogamous relationships.
This comes at the expense of delegitimating other kinds of relationships (both queer and straight) that choose other paths, such as polyamorous relationships or menages a trois, quatre, cinq, six etc., men who have sex with men, men who cruise beats and any other kinds of relationships and practices that exist and of which I am unaware and most of which are probably just as valid as a monogamous heterosexual marriage.
All for the sake of permitting homos to join the ranks of hetero married couples.
So-called Liberal people continue to find new minorities
who have different forms of life from them upon which they can oppresively press their own world-views.
Their time and energy would be better spent by learning from those they want to
assimilate, hopefully thus discovering that their own values often don't apply to people who lead quite different lives.
Talk about misguided!
Warren, keep your queer marriage proposals to yrself!
The interview with Emma hit its nadir when he sarcastically replied to Emma's question about whether or not John Howard's sway over his own party would limit the efficacy of Entsch's ill-informed stand against homophobia with this answer:
'Hah, Emma, we happen to live in this thing called a democracy!'
He's clearly graduated from the Bill Heffernan School of Etiquette and Tact (who, I might add, apart from publicly berating National Party politicians recently, also has a history of falsely accusing - under parliamentary privilege - openly homo [High Court] Justice Michael Kirby of using Comcars to cruise for rent boys).

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