Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hollywood values

Most of last night's Golden Globe winners came as no surprise. In the Movie Drama category, "gay cowboy" film Brokeback Mountain took Best Picture and Best Director, while Best Actor went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of gay author Truman Capote (with Heath Ledger, as a homosexual adulterer in Brokeback, apparently a very close second) and Felicity Huffman received Best Actress for her "gender-bending role as a man preparing for sex-change surgery." It was a good day for Hollywood to showcase its values.

The suddenly uncontrollably-political George Clooney opened the show with a tasteless joke about corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff's name, but Huffman's comments later in the show were much more intolerable: "I think as people our job is to become who we really are, and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are."

There wouldn't be a problem with that if being "who we really are," in this case, didn't simply mean embracing our sinful desires to the fullest. (Does Huffman's praise apply to serial killers, pedophiles, and rapists who "brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins" to be "who they really are"?) We should strive to become the person we were made to be, not allow ourselves to be controlled by desires . In other words, we're human beings, not amoral animals. We're inclined to do many different things that we consider wrong, and we have the free will to choose what to do with those inclinations.

Felicity Huffman apparently thinks otherwise.

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