No sex please. We’re Jeebus-Americans.
Frank Rich on BushAmerica’s fear of a humping planet:
Such history, which seemed ancient only months ago, has gained in urgency since Election Day. As politicians and the media alike pander to that supposed 22 percent of “moral values” voters, we’re back where we came in. Bill Condon, who wrote and directed “Kinsey,” started working on this project in 1999 and didn’t gear it to any political climate. The film is a straightforward telling of its subject’s story, his thorniness and bisexuality included, conforming in broad outline to the facts as laid out by Kinsey’s most recent biographers. But not unlike Philip Roth’s “Plot Against America,” which transports us back to an American era overlapping that of “Kinsey,” this movie, however unintentionally, taps into anxieties that feel entirely contemporary. That Channel 13 would even fleetingly balk at “Kinsey” as The Times long ago did at the actual Kinsey is not a coincidence.
As for the right-wing groups that have targeted the movie (with or without seeing it), they are the usual suspects, many of them determined to recycle false accusations that Kinsey was a pedophile, as if that might somehow make the actual pedophilia scandal in one church go away. But this crowd doesn’t just want what’s left of Kinsey’s scalp. (He died in 1956.) Empowered by that Election Day “moral values” poll result, it is pressing for a whole host of second-term gifts from the Bush administration: further rollbacks of stem-cell research, gay civil rights, pulchritude sightings at N.F.L. games and, dare I say it aloud, reproductive rights for women. “If you have weaklings around you who do not share your biblical values, shed yourself of them,” wrote Bob Jones III, president of the eponymous South Carolina university, to President Bush after the election. “Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil.”
They want us to go back to this.
I was born into that era. Trust me. It sucked.