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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

One Person's "Sexual Predator" Is Another's Knight In Shining Armor

Why is the term "sexual predator" considered an incendiary one in the gay community? I ask because critic Gene Shalit has apologized for using that term in his initial review of "Brokeback Mountain." He went on to say: "I certainly had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone in the gay community or on the community itself. I regret any emotional hurt that may have resulted from my review of `Brokeback Mountain.'" How is a "community" emotionally injured by a moviegoer's perception of a character on the screen? I haven't seen the movie but if one of the characters comes across to some as a sexual predator, so be it. Remember the Bret Easton Ellis book (and then movie) "American Psycho"? That story surely cast a few aspersions on the white, heterosexual male community. I don't recall any upset over that aspect of the movie. The hypersensitive identity politicians have the right to issue notices of their aggrievment. The problem lies with the spineless who respond.

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