Did ‘Brokeback’ Break Gay Hollywood?

Did Brokeback Mountain really change the way Hollywood – and the world – deal with homos? This “Brokeback Jeter” clip and some startling evidence say “no”.

While many people hailed gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain as a groundbreaking cinematic event, a Entertainment Weekly report says otherwise.

Brokeback was more than a movie. It was a phenomenon that commanded the cultural conversation for months, from Jay Leno to YouTube to the cover of The New Yorker. More important, it proved that straight audiences would snap up tickets to a same-sex romance. Since then, a few gay-themed films have been released (e.g., Notes on a Scandal). But seemingly no studio – nor any studio art-house division – has greenlit a film with a gay lead character. ”I don’t think any studio responded by saying, ‘Quick, dust off whatever gay dramas we have!”’ says one former studio head. As surprising as it seemed that Brokeback could lose the Oscar to Crash, the real shock is just now setting in: Brokeback may have changed nothing.

It seems all Brokeback did was introduce another insult or clever one-liner into the cultural lexicon, as exhibited by the baseball fan in the video above.

Proceed At Your Own Risk offers this assessment:

Brokeback Mountain was just another pretty bauble used to distract us. It also turned a straight man into a gay sex symbol. The hollowness and hopelessness of that says it all.

And as I’ve said many times in the past, visibility has nothing to do with equal rights. In fact, all visibility means is that we’re easier to find and manage. And it won’t be until we’re unmanageable that laws will pass and we’ll assume our rightful place at the Constitutional table.

This could very well be true: Hollywood and Washington have long had a love affair. And it’s usually pretty straight.