Cross posted at Bloggernista.
After 3 viewings I’ve come to the conclusion that 300 may well be gayer than Brokeback Mountain. Think about it. The Spartan forces that take on Xerxes and his overhyped band warriors is composed of 300 leather daddies and muscle boys wearing nothing more than leather briefs, combat boots and flashy red capes. How gay is that?
I know that some folks have gotten all self righteous claiming that the movie is homophobic because Xerxes looks like an extremely tall, overly pierced version of Ru Paul. I think that they looking way too hard to find the cinematic boogeyman of homophobia on the screen. Not everything is about how much some heterosexuals hate the gays, though I want to smack the person who came up with the idea for the ridiculous looking new film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry who clearly doesn’t get it.
There are also a bunch of folks who are getting all historical (hysterical?) and saying that the film is bad because it is historically inaccurate. Its not intended to be a PBS documentary. Its a sword and shield epic based on a graphic novel that includes an executioner with with serated knives in place of hands and you expect it to be historically accurate? There is more computer generated blood in 300 than I have ever seen in a movie.
As a big time ‘mo, I got more than a little excited spending two hours watching hundreds of beautiful men fight for things like honor, freedom and self-determination. The film has made me think more than a little about what it means not only to be a man, but importantly what it means to be a strong, passionate gay man who is not afraid to stand up for what he believes and to defend those beliefs no matter what the odds. As gay men we spend way too much time apologizing for being who we are and for loving the way we do and not nearly enough demanding equal treatment under the law.
There is far more to being a man than violence and aggression and there is more to being a gay man than diva worship and drag queens. How much further would we progress as a community if gay men stripped away some of the more cartoonishly dramatic layers of our movement and took on a more Spartan-like approach to demanding justice and equality?