It looks like the odds makers are giving the controversial movie, "Brokeback Mountain" the best chance of winning the Academy Award for best picture this year. Almost everyone in the know in Hollywood believes that this movie is the one to beat when the awards are handed out in about one month.
What is it about "Brokeback Mountain" that makes it such a good choice to win the "Oscar" for best picture? I have not seen this movie because it's subject matter isn't something I would choose to spend $10 to watch. It's not the gay subject matter that I object to, but the feeling I have that the Hollywood community is once again trying to impose it's beliefs on the rest of the country.
Most of us in what are now referred to as the "red states" have been fighting a decades long battle with the Hollywood community because they believe we should all live in a world where anything goes. I believe these folks that write and direct these movies are always trying to push the envelope of what is acceptable to most families in America.
Here in the "heartland", most folks want decent entertainment to watch both on television and at the movie theaters. I believe there have been some inroads in the entertainment business to providing more family friendly entertainment, but then the powers that be on the west coast come up with something new to anger most American families.
Since 2006 is a Congressional election year, look for folks that are not accepting of others values and opinions to run campaign commercials against this movie and the Hollywood community. While I don't wish to see this movie, millions of people do enjoy watching controversial films and they have a place in the entertainment business, I'm just not sure they should be touted as always being great just because they are controversial.
There are similar issue involved in the two political extremes of this issue. On the far right, those folks want to push out all forms of the gay lifestyle and want to condemn folks in this lifestyle to eternal damnation. However, on the far left, they seem to want to push acceptance of alternative lifestyles on folks that do not want to accept it because of their long held political beliefs.
If the two political extremes could just accept each other without trying to impose their viewpoint on everyone else, the world would be a better place. However, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for these two sides to reach any kind of compromise when it comes to controversial issues like the ones that are portrayed in "Brokeback Mountain".
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