Of politics, real and televised

In deference to the hard-working members of Oregons House of Reps, I have decided, rather than write this blog here, rather than petitioning or protesting or doing any work whatsoever, that I will, instead, simply vacation. Who needs that pesky work and decision making anyway?! So here I will simply give you some opposing views and let them duke it out myself. I recommend the flash animation, as cartoons are always more fun than silly little editorials right?

Track the Lies cartoon

O editorial

Guest editorial

On the other hand, in the land of television queerness, Queer as Folk, the world (i.e. Babylon) has exploded and everyone seems to have gone mad. The lesbian recommendation seems to be to move to Canada while bad boy Brian has decided that his former ideals of rebelling against straight culture, monogamy and white picket fences, is indeed not worth the struggle, and what he really wants is his little blonde boy to cuddle in front of his newly purchased country mansion fireplace. Ironic if the show that was supposed to be the wildest, brashest, most on the edge depiction of queer life and queer SEX, a show that lesbian tennis star Martina Navratilova called depraved, ends its 5 year run with tame and humble family scenes. Would Martina have wanted to back out of her gay credit card endorsement if she had seen previously promiscuous Brian on his knees in marriage proposal (despite the fact that we have nothing of the sort yet in this country) instead of other activities? If literature and film of the 20th century was previously prone to killing gay characters, or at least ending their stories very unhappily, as a form of retribution for their gay sins, and thereby recuperating conventional heterosexual morality, are we now more likely to absolve our so-called sins by taming our own narratives and disguising the real variety of ongoing queer life, so that we all look respectable in the end? For all its political obviousness, Queer as Folk has at least addressed these very questions (as well as others) to a certain extent. For example, Emmett almost loses his job as queer guy for a local newscast, when he makes mention of himself as not just a silly little fashion step-n-fetch-it but as a real human being with real sexuality. Will they really end the series proclaiming that the heteronormative family way is the only way?

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