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Time:11:56 pm
When I was watching the movie "Milk", I was shocked to see the stereotyping that was shown. Is it so that every gay person is picking up young boy's in the toilet? Or flirting with each-other on every street corner? Is every young boy selling his body on the strip?

I was shoked about the stereotype that was shown. Who was also shocked?
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carrieinpink
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Time:2009-03-18 09:07 am (UTC)
There had been some discussion that the movie actually played down Harvey Milk's promiscuity.

http://community.livejournal.com/queer/278547.html

So here's a question, how much of the truth do we tell or not tell in order to paint a certain picture or make a certain point? Not wanting to encourage a negative stereotype is one thing. But avoiding the truth in order not to do so is another. And, even if it sounds cliché, stereotypes often exist for a reason.
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jan_herman
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Time:2009-03-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
That raises the question do we want to see steriotyped caracters in movies? When is it functional and when is that not functional?
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carrieinpink
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Time:2009-03-19 02:23 am (UTC)
Based on your original posting, I understand that you did not see the portrayal of the stereotype as functional? Why not? How would you have approached it? And how to you reconcile the portrayal with the truth, in the sense that the film is based on a real story, a real man and his life? Yes, one needs to select certain aspects of his story to tell, but is it honest to neglect to address, at least to some degree, his promiscuity? Is it functional to pretend this wasn't the case when it was?

Addressing an issue is not the same as promoting or even condoning it? Do you feel it would have been appropriate and / or relevant to this moving to show some of the consequences of a promiscuous lifestyle?

Why did you find it shocking? Did you feel the film was promoting these choices?
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any_gaia
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Time:2009-04-10 05:54 am (UTC)
Records show that Harvey Milk was a man who did not exactly hide his sexual preferences, and in that sense the movie probably did play down his promiscuity. The scene in the NY subway and the subsequent night he spends with Scott, in the movie serves as the point at which he decides to not only leave his NY life, but also to leave his 'public life in the closet'. In that respect the scene is highly functional.
On top of that, the movie is not only about Milk's life, it is also about the events leading up to his murder by Dan White. White got on the SF Board of Supervisors portraying himself as the defender of home, family and religious life, which in the movie is set against the life that Milk and his friends were leading.
Again, as for the movie, highly functional.
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