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July 22, 2010

Outrage

by Franz Patrick


Outrage (2009)
★★ / ★★★★

Written and directed by Kirby Dick, “Outrage” was a documentary about closeted homosexual politicians who dedicate (or dedicated) their lives to work against the LGBT community. The film was also about how the media helped to keep the gay politicians closeted and the picture argued that there was a conspiracy between the two. I learned a couple of things from watching this documentary, one of which was the fact that there are people out there whose job is to find politicians (mainly Republicans) who are in the closet and to expose them for who they really are. I’m not exactly sure how to feel about it. On one hand, everybody deserves their privacy and each of us has the right to live our lives the way we want to. On the other hand, such gay politicians (if indeed they are gay) are the very same people who actively participate to impede the LGBT community from having equal rights as those outside of that community. Even though I felt anger toward the politicians that the movie puts its spotlight on, I felt so sorry for them because there were some strong evidence that they would do absolutely anything to hide who they really are. I think the film was great in mentioning gay children who team up with bullies to make fun of other gay kids while connecting gay politicians who join the Republican party to make gays’ lives basically a living hell. I also thought the film was surprisingly effective especially when it discussed Jim McGreevey’s coming out and when he was interviewed for the film. I say “surprisingly” because prior to that part, I wasn’t enjoying the movie for several reasons. Even I have to admit that sometimes it felt a little manipulative despite its best intentions. Some of the evidence that a politician may or may not be gay were not strong enough to convince me that they were, in fact, homosexuals. Also, one of the people who made it his job to out the closeted politicians admitting that he worked for a gossip magazine or column (or something like that–pardon my memory) didn’t help the movie. I also didn’t like that part of the film when the people being interviewed commented on the wives who allegedly helped to hide their husbands’ true natures. I thought what the interviewees said were somewhat uncalled for. Though I get that gay activists are very passionate (and very angry) about making progress when it comes to gay rights, some of their attacks didn’t seem fair–at least from perspective. In the end, I thought “Outrage” would be much more informative and I thought the title wouldn’t be as obvious. As a person who supports LGBT rights 100%, I think a more in-depth, sensitive and analytical look about closeted gay politicians is yet to be made.

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