Monday, January 16, 2006

LHM May Be In Over His Head

Larry H. Miller has kept quiet about his decision to cancell "Brokeback Mountain". But his actions today spoke volumes. KSLTV's 10pm newscast showed video of Miller's reaction to a KSL radio question on the subject. Miller's face went taught as he violently grabbed the microphone and advanced toward the reporter declaring he had nothing to say. The KSL camera self- censored and drifted away as stunned bystanders looked- well- stunned. (and embarrased) KSL also reported that 60% of Utahn's agreed with Miller's decision. But those numbers don't mean a whole lot. I think that's the number he'd pull for cancelling any rated R movie. But he doesn't cancel rated R movies. He doesn't even cancel gay movies. Just this gay movie, giving the international press yet another opportunity to mischaracterize and mock Utah and Mormons. He's rich, but that's about it.

17 Comments:

Blogger MF said...

Poor Larry. Hypocrisy isn't a pretty color in any shade. He needs to find a new look.

1/17/2006 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Logan said...

Although I am not a fan of LHM I still think he had every right to pull the movie.

I know that I said he is a hypocrit for still showing Hostel, but not Brokeback Mountain. I take that comment back. The man owns his own theater and he can show what he pleases.

At least 5 other states have theatres that pulled the same movie, but why are they not getting the bad press? They still show rated R movies. Are they hypocrites? It is just because we are Utah and we make it a bigger fuss than it should be.

Go Larry! You don't agree with a movie that propogandizes a homosexual lifestyle then good for you.

I don't like Larry, but he has dumped lots o money in this state.

1/17/2006 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Larry needs to hold a press conference say "I pulled the movie because I can" and then let the media know that whichever news outlet asks him annother question again will have their credentials pulled for Jazz games.

-Bob

1/17/2006 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

I agree Brokeback should have been pulled. However, I'd have to say I think Miller is a hypocrit. I'm pretty certain he didn't pull the movie just because the material was morally offensive to him, but he saw an opportunity to make a pious, anti-Gay statement in Mormon Utah thereby making patronizing his business' a statement of support for religious values. If he really was pulling movies based on content, then there would be a small varity of movies that are viewable in his theatre.

I agree the subject matter in Brokeback is foul, but so are a host of the other movies that play uncensored in Miller's Theater.

1/17/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger RobisonWells said...

Logan, I agree that Miller can do what he wants, but this seems to do nothing but hurt his agenda. It makes him look like a reactionary bigot, rather than someone standing up for his beliefs. Evidence: how many other movies featuring gay characters have passed through his theater without notice? If he was truly trying to take a stand against the gay agenda, then he'd set a permanent standard for his theaters. Like I said, he can do what he wants, but it doesn't seem like a well-planned decision.

That said, if we're talking about movies that are damaging to family values, Brokeback Mountain just doesn't seem to me to be a real threat. It's so politicized, and so well known, that everybody who sees it will already have made up their minds on the issue before they ever get into the theater. Brokeback Mountain isn't going to change anybody's opinion of anything. In my opinion, the real movies that promote the gay agenda are the movies that slip gay characters in innocently enough, and the viewers hardly notice. (How many romantic comedies these days have a gay best friend/boss/etc?) The audience doesn't protest the inclusion of these characters because they're not making a political statement. And then, as a society, we grow more and more blind to the issue, because it's no longer shocking -- it's normal, everyday life.

So if Larry H Miller really wants to take a stand against it, he really ought to -- not just make a reactionary, pointless response.

1/17/2006 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger MF said...

Larry isn't capable of doing anything other than over-reacting and being generally pointless. Look at his track record. Everything he does is painted in the broadest strokes possible and devoid of all subtelty and dignity.

1/17/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Logan said...

Robisonwells,

Very good point on the way that the gay agenda is very subtle in a lot of shows. I also agree with that. The Family Stone is a good example.

I still think that Brokeback Mountain is a VERY REAL example of damaging family values. It promotes adultery, the homosexual agenda, lying, etc.

This is portrayed as soooo romantic because they are gay, but what if it were a movie where Heath Ledger were cheating on his wife with the Ranch owners daughter? Would it be considered romantic? No. Most women would think he was a dirty bastard for cheating on his wife and kids while he was away helping on the ranch.

That is a pure and true example of how this movie is pushing an agenda. It is disgusting and twisted backwards. It is an attack on family values. TRUE family values.

1/17/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but your hero Rocky said it best (well, his speech writer did), "The decision is especially disrurbing in light of the theater's continued marketing and screening of "Hostel", the product of Eli Roth's effort to, in his words, "make the sickest, most disturbing film I can".

Dear Larry, which is the bigger sin?

1/17/2006 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Logan, why is it ok for him to pull a movie with gay men and still show HUNDREDS of movies joking about men's lesbian fantasies?

Aren't lesbians also an attack on family values?

And isn't violence and gore also an attack on family values?

1/17/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't like Larry, but he has dumped lots o money in this state."

That's exactly the problem.

"13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."

-John 2:13-17

1/17/2006 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are quoting the Bible about money changers, but lets go in and read all about the abhorrence of homosexuality that is in the Bible. IT IS NOT ACCEPTED.

1/18/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you talking about that bit in Leviticus 18:22 regarding homosexuality? I'm not sure if it's anywhere else in the bible other than Leviticus. Please point out other scripture if I'm wrong.

Leviticus also says that cutting off facial hair is bad.

Leviticus says that women are unclean for after childbirth for several days and then must make a sin offering after to be "cleansed" and allowed to worship.

Leviticus says not to wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

Leviticus was a nut. If you want to follow Leviticus's teachings, I hope you are being consistent and not just picking and choosing the homosexuality bit and leaving out the rest.

1/18/2006 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

Anon (the last one) -- Leviticus is a Book of Moses. Moses is the Author, much of the world (Jewish & Christians)look at Moses as a prophet. Just clearing that up for you the writings in Leviticus aren't the teachings of Leviticus, they are the teachings of Moses.

So you are calling Moses a nut.

1/18/2006 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger MF said...

Oh brother. Now we're quoting scripture. Can you tell you're in Utah yet?

1/18/2006 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

Right on mf.

1/18/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i quoted the scripture because larry thinks he is so high and mighty- mr. religion, yet he is heavily involved in project that make money by catering to people's faith. that is moneychangers in the temple. if larry wants to be moral about homosexuality, he should be moral about everything.

1/18/2006 10:34:00 PM  
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