Did You Hear the One About 'Brokeback'?

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Tom Dempsey

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Did You Hear the One About 'Brokeback'?

Is the bottomless font of "Brokeback Mountain" humor — late-night
monologues, fake Internet movie trailers, movie poster imitations —
harmless and fun, or insulting?

Most gay groups find it fairly benign, and note that in any case, the
movie's overwhelming publicity can only be a good thing.

But Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force, says he's sick of it: "It may be funny, but there is a real
element of homophobia. It's making jabs about sex between gay men."

Jay Leno made at least 15 "Brokeback" jokes in January. Many were
references to gay sex. One that wasn't: "The cold weather continues to
spread across the United States. In fact, down south it was so cold
people were shaking like Jerry Falwell watching "Brokeback Mountain."

The Internet is saturated with "Brokeback" imitations. One of the best
is a fake movie trailer called "Brokeback to the Future," which uses
deftly edited shots from Michael J. Fox's "Back to the Future" to make
it look like Marty McFly and that wacky Dr. Emmett Brown are falling in
love. There's also "Top Gun 2: Brokeback Squadron," with Tom Cruise and
Val Kilmer.

And then there are the poster imitations. Like "Kickback Mountain," with
the faces of indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Rep. Tom DeLay
superimposed over those of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.


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