Monday, January 09, 2006

Brokeback Mormons

A Utah movie theatre owned by the owner of the NBA's Utah Jazz has pulled the film "Brokeback Mountain" from its schedule. While the theatre management refused to comment, "Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said not showing the film set an example for the people of Utah."

Indeed. And that message is: 'we see the narrow-mindedness of those people in Kansas and we will not let it go unanswered. We can be narrow-minded too!' While I'm frankly surprised that something like this didn't happen earlier (probably because the general conservative strategy has been to ignore the film and hope that it goes away) it doesn't make it any better.
As an advance apologia of my indictment of the entire state of Utah: it's a useful shorthand, and I recognize its limitations. I certainly don't believe that Ms. Ruzicka represents the view of everyone in the state of Utah, just as I don't believe Sam Brownback represents the views of everyone in Kansas. Nevertheless, it is these kind of people acting as the spokesmen for their states. And will be treated as such.

For those that don't share their views and object to such de facto spokesmanship don't worry, you're undergoing the same thing on a much larger scale all around the world. Remember, for many people in this world, whether you are a resident of Utah or California, Kansas or Massachusetts, you are an American. Which makes George W. Bush your leader, spokesman and, for many people, your ideological and philosophical mouthpiece.

You know - Mr. Brownback actually is starting to look not half-bad.


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