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No Mr. O’Neil, Boy-Rape isn’t “Gay Subtext”

Timothy Kincaid

January 26th, 2008

glaad.jpgThe past year’s gay representation in mainstream Hollywood movies has been less than encouraging. So when the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its nominees for Film-Wide Release there wasn’t much to pick from.

But Tom O’Neil, writing on the LA Times’ The Envelope website thought they missed one

One great film with a gay subtext got overlooked by other awards this derby season and deserved to be noted here, but wasn’t: “The Kite Runner,” which contains a controversial boy-rape scene. Why did GLAAD wimp out?

I’ve not seen the movie but I have read the book. Unless they greatly differ, there are no gay characters in this movie. (Spoiler Warning) There is one character that as a youth rapes another boy out of aggression and then grows up to continue molesting children, both girls and boys. There is nothing whatsoever that suggests that this character is attracted to adult males, nor would such linkage be admirable and deserving of recognition.

Suggesting that a rape scene is gay subtext that somehow would be awarded by GLAAD is beyond stupid and offensive. If you agree, feel free to let the Times know.



Emily K
January 26th, 2008 | LINK

This is like saying the book “Songmaster” has “gay” themes b/c there are pedophiles who want to rape the main character (who has the look of a boy) in it. One other character in the book even describes himself as half gay, BECAUSE he has attractions to the boy.

Um, wanting to have sex with a boy isn’t homosexuality. It’s kid-f##king.

January 27th, 2008 | LINK

well – if the LA Times would care to declare that any incidence of m-f rape is a heterosexual context –

but hets tend to be disinclined to consider that rape is a relevant reflection of their sexual expression.

January 28th, 2008 | LINK

Wow! That’s really alarming this reporter would equate rape with regular sexuality. Rape is never about sex. It’s about force and power. I’ve seen the movie and there’s nothing “gay” about that scene. It’s awful and causes immense pain for all the characters involved.

January 28th, 2008 | LINK

The movie had no gay subtext, like the book, only a rape scene.

This “journalist” is amazingly dense.

January 28th, 2008 | LINK

Where was this outrage when everyone was ooing and aahing over Oz for being a great gay blockbuster show?

Most of the “gay” content in Oz (including the primary gay relationship) was based on rape or coercion and manipulation for sex.

I agree with Mr. Kincaids outrage with the LA Times writer (his claiming that child rape is a gay storyline is particularly offensive) but I think there is a whole lot of hypocrisy coming from our community on this when our noses aren’t exactly clean.

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