Who might this memo be aimed at? Maybe Dennis Dugan, the director of “gay marriage is a punchline” I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Or David Wain, the normally gay-friendly director of “fag jokes are funny” Role Models? But certainly not Bruno‘s Sacha Baron Cohen, right? The Times movie critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis write these faux open-letters to Tinseltown:
To: Straight filmmakers
Enough with the gay slurs, the gay baiting, imitating, limp-wristing, so-not-funny lisping — in other words, enough with the hating. Yeah, some gay men are hilarious (Oscar Wilde). But people are funny, their identities are not. Try this simple test: Every time you feel the need to mock or denigrate gay men or lesbians, replace that joke with an equally vicious dig about African-Americans or Jews. Doesn’t sound so funny anymore, does it?