I agree, Moe re: title of the thread.
I, frankly, could not think of a more economical way to say:
"films that have gay themes, characters, text, subtext and/or gay-related behind-the-scenes stories, discussed in an accepting manner."
And "Gay-Friendly" had worked fine without incident in the DVD portion of this forum...call it a legacy title from the previous thread's starter.
It is too stupid to think about that kind of argument any further.
Except that the word choice implies that any movie that even remotely touches on gay content for whatever passing reason--whether flat-out director intent, or simply referencing that a character is
, or mentioning it in the story, or could even be "subtext" twisted a certain way in certain analyses if you wanted to play biased spin-doctor--is now the gays' FRIEND, of course...
Which is exactly the kind of wishful presumption that turns straights off with a passion: The idea of "outing" movies the same as some leaning celeb magazines decide to "out" celebrities with a simple declaration just for the shock value or just plain wishful thinking. There's public resentment of gays toward straights, to be sure, and most of it comes out in the form of immature "Ha, betcha didn't know your beloved favorites were really on our side, didja?", as if their pirate treehouse club was bigger than ours, and therefore more important, with all the cool kids wishing to get in. And when it might not actually be, in the real world, that comes off a bit defensive and self-delusional.
(Which is one reason I also rankle that any complaint against the gay community is immediately labeled "homophobic", which implies the belief that straights are somehow secretly quaking in their boots for insecure fear of their own sense of identity--Like the AV geeks who say "Ha, they ph33r our Mad sKillz!" One generally doesn't fear
wishful self-delusion, one's just desperately annoyed by it. Is there a word for "Homo-bugged", it would sound less contentious?)
It's just the idea of "We have so many FRIENDS!" Well, I suppose you might need all you can get, but just do a little detached double-checking on whether they actually are
Off-topic, right now, I'm getting my 60's TV fix by watching The Dick Van Dyke Show, 3.5 blu-rays to go, and I will have finished the series.
(Oh, if you're even SUGGESTING Rob & Laura, friend, have you got the wrong series...The most enthusiastically heterosexual couple on 60's television, short of Gomez & Morticia.)