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-Should Penn Thank Prop 8 for His Oscar?

by Dr. D ~

Milk (film)

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Am I the only one that thinks that the passage of Prop 8 (California’s Traditional Marriage Amendment) might have had something to do with Sean Penn winning an Oscar? Hardly!

For a couple of months now we have heard from movie reviewers nothing but raves and superlatives about Mickey Rourke’s acting performance in The Wrestler. However, since the Oscar nominations were announced, there have been whispers in the industry about what a shame that Rourke was up against Milk–Sean Penn playing a gay activist politician that was martyred.

I read that Penn, a very good actor, turned in a good performance in Milk, but who the heck saw that movie anyway? It was popular in San Francisco, played shortly in L.A. and most the big cities across the country but was virtually ignored in the heartland and by regular folks.

Meanwhile, The Wrestler was popular all across the country. Then there’s Gran Torino and Clint Eastwood’s incredible performance as a retired gun toting white bigot facing issues of life, death, family, religion, race, and change. He is intolerable but also self-sacrificing and somewhat redeemed at the end. A wonderful story and performance that goes completely unnoticed at the Oscars. Also extremely popular all across the country but not in Hollywood–too politically incorrect!

That is the point isn’t it? Politics and progressive social agendas play a big role in what pictures get made and which films receive all the honors in Hollywood. If you don’t think so, you haven’t been paying much attention to the motion picture industry in the last 20 years or so.

Did Sean Penn win his Oscar at least partially because he played a gay activist at a time when Hollywood is still reacting to the passage of Prop 8? I think so!

The picture business has always been sympathetic to the gay agenda and the industry came out overwhelmingly against the Traditional Marriage Amendment. Many actors and media folks continue to make snide remarks about Mormons, Catholics, and evangelical Christians which they lump together and characterize as ‘Fundie’ Christian bigots-homophobes-hatemongers who passed the ‘fascist’ Prop.

Should Sean Penn thank Prop 8 for his Oscar? Well at least Penn himself brought up the issue during his acceptance tirade:

“I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect, and anticipate their great shame, and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.   …”

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