Brokeback Mountain Driven Out of Town

Tough Love!

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I was catching up on all the important news this morning. You know, seeing if Lindsay Lohan was still the only one in Hollywood with enough character to ‘fess up, seeing what the stars of Lost had Found to get into next…you know, important news (the other is too danged depressing.) Anyway, I came across a story that made me kinda sick.

The Megaplex at Jordan Commons in Sandy (a suburb of Salt Lake City) is refusing to show the new movie Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is about two cowboys who discover that they have feelings for one another. Love. Basically, it’s a movie about L.O.V.E. But, since it isn’t the definition of the love that the people in charge use, they aren’t showing the film. Oh, please do keep reading…it gets better.

Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said not showing the film set an example for the people of Utah. “I just think (pulling the show) tells the young people especially that maybe there is something wrong with this show,” she said.

Okay, so can we deduce that the people of Utah are “spared” movies involving actual crimes? How about vampires?

The Lord of the Rings had murder, lying, greed….was it a no no, too?

I know, I’m being facetious – and I’m not wild about the way it looks on me, but I’m just trying to make a point. You know as well as I do, if we went back and took a look at all the movies this theatre has shown, or even is showing – the films would be full of murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thugs, etc.

But they’re most afraid of what? Gay cowboys?

I’ll bet if it were about a polygamist cowboy they’d show it. And show it. And show it.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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