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Will Smith movie Hancock criticised for homophobic dialogue

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  1. Urm, but isn’t the whole premise of the film that he’s meant to be a bit of anti-hero? So that he basically should do things that make him rather unlikeable?

    Or had GLADD just had a slow week?

  2. I saw the film at th weekend and I was dissapointed when Hancock responed with ‘homo, homo, homo’ when he was shown the comics and the other guy just let it pass. the audience laughed (Rugby, UK) and I thought, there we go again.
    Yes, you are supposed to dislike the character, but even he redeems himself in the film, but this point is passed over and just accepted, not revisited or corrected.
    Once again, it’s “okay to laugh at the gays”. . . . I agree it could have been left out of the film, or they could even have turned it round and made it positive!

  3. Marc, Manchester 8 Jul 2008, 1:25pm

    Saw this film on opening day and I laughed out loud at the homo comments. I’m a gay man and found no personal offense as the character is meant to be uncaring and bad at the beginning and the story is about his journey into becoming a better man. Smith’s character John Hancock is admonished by his mentor/PR man for saying it.

    Jeez GLAAD and the like really like to jump on this kind of stuff.

  4. I saw the movie yesterday and I did find that part of the movie quite funny and laughed outloud. As a gay man, it was NOT offensive! – it was funny! Get over it and lighten up guys! There are tow many people wioth chips on shoulders!

  5. Once again let’s all laugh at the gays – I’ll admit I make a lot of Gay jokes but I am ridiculing myself and showing how ridiculous stereotypes really are.

    Cheap gay jokes should only be used to make a character look ignorant and idiotic – not to try and get a single laugh in a cinema.

    If you want to make a character look like a B***ard then make him kick a kitten, but leave the minority groups alone.

    Imagine the uproar if a white character had said – ‘Nigger, Nigger in red, Norwegian Nigger’

    Why aren’t the homosexual community protected from cheap shots like that?

    One last point in a rant – GAY IS NOT AN INSULT – just like race isnt insulting and neither is gender. If he had shown prejudice throughout the rest of the film the joke would have a place…but it didnt.

  6. This joke had no place in the film – if the character showed other signs of prejudce then it would have fit his character but it’s just a cheap shot.

    There would have been an uproar had a white character said ‘Nigger, Nigger in red, Norwegian Nigger.’ All minority groups deserve respect, that joke was just some writer trying to get a cheap laugh.

  7. I think the complain is a little far fetched. Obviously the character is posed as an spoiled person. I don’t think that homo sounds worse than fag. If the character was referring to the other costumes heroes in an intended derogatory terms provided that is portrayed as a jerk, what do we expect him to say? I mean, I think the complain sustains if the character is saying that once he has cleaned his shit. Otherwise, no one will pay attention if we complain on each an subtle plot. I don’t like the gay jokes –generally the hide hatred- but we can not be as much hysterical. If I have to choose, I prefer to avoid those jokes. But in the world we are, and ignorant jerks are that way. We can’t ask rainbow flag for each and any comment in the movies.

  8. i saw the film last week and wasn’t offended AT ALL by the remarks. i think the people complaining just have nothing better to do. there are REAL issues to fight for, REAL problems to aim focus at, REAL barriers to break down. it was a good movie. i took my nephew and he enjoyed it. and so did the other people at the theater. i think it’s quite interesting that gay people are up in arms about it. it’s important to focus our attention elsewhere. otherwise, people are quick to think gays and lesbians complain about everything (not a personal opinion, just an observation). but it was a good movie and made a lot of people laugh. there are more important things to focus on people. smile. share some joy. spread some laughter. show some love.

  9. You’re dead on, Charles…I’ve seen the same thing myself…we gays have this stereotype of being a bunch of spineless whiners that complain from now ’til next Wednesday every time anyone makes a gay joke…I mean, come on, it was supposed to be a joke! It happens on television all the time! And, to be honest, I don’t think GLAAD are doing us any favors with their incessant whining everytime they perceive someone to make what they feel is an “inappropriate” comment…I like to use the famous Carlin quote here: “they are just words…it’s the racist (ignorant) A-H that is saying them that you have to worry about”…It just annoys me whenever I read articles like this, because I tend to think, “is this what we’ve come to?” If you think of it, we gays, in a way, are as bad as those far-right media watchdogs through this over-the-top reporting on everything that’s being said and done…we just seem to lack the ability to laugh at ourselves anymore..maybe, THAT would be a key to getting a few things accomplished in this world, maybe?

  10. Charles, you sound like one of those people who don’t see the offense in the use of the term ‘gay’ to denote something negative, which seems to be really popular at the moment (Jeremy Clarkson for those in the UK). There certainly are ‘REAL issues’ and ‘REAL problems’ but it’s the throwaway comments (as in this movie) that feed the bigger problems.

  11. according to my sources his wife is a lesbian and he’s very questionable. My point is it seems those hiding something or whose sexuality is questioned tend to feel comfortable making those kind of remarks. For Will Smith a man who came out against using the N word and curse words in his lyrics, obviously has no problem using gay slurs in his films. Just another Harper Valley hypocrite :)

  12. Not really, Dan…if I complained every time I heard it, I’d never have time to do anything else…call it negative, but I call it just picking our battles…hate crimes, yes, small comments like this, not so important…

    And to think that hearing something like this leads to something worse seems laughable at best…all this complaining only leads to we gays being seen as a bunch of spineless wimps that can’t go 24 hours without whining how “we’re being victimized…” We need to have a bit of a sense of humor and have the ability to see that little things like this are NOT going to lead to disaster…Charles, I’m in total agreement with you…laugh at yourselves, people! It’ll possibly lead to a little more consideration being given to the things that REALLY matter…

  13. oops…didn’t mean to give a double comment there…^_^…computer was REALLY lagging yesterday and I never saw my first comment appear until about 30 seconds ago (10:30 PM here)

  14. Wolf Schweitzer 29 Jul 2008, 8:40am

    This movie by Peter Berg and Sony Pictures also employs discrimination against disabled people. The public view of this is really negatively affected by it. I was extremely upset when I sat there and watched that. I was VERY OFFENDED. I am wearing a hook prosthesis and it was unbearable. All the fucking way out, people STARED at me. I am throughly upset about this movie maker.

  15. Wolf Schweitzer 29 Jul 2008, 8:41am

    After a very traumatizing last 8 months after which my right hand was removed, my wife and me went to watch “Hancock” in our local cinema. Obviously we were expecting a humorous action movie.

    As you may be aware, in Hancock, Sony Pictures and director Peter Berg offer a disdainful and sneering representation of a hand amputation and subsequently prosthetic equipment with a hook.

    What Peter Berg is doing in that movie is also known as “disability stereotyping” and he is doing it in a disrespectful manner. He employs serious disability as a method to make fun of such a situation and of the people concerned by this. I am wearing a hook prosthesis. And I was wearing it when I was sitting in the cinema. And right then, I felt extremely upset.

    It was painful to watch that. Peter Berg is obviously lacking empathy so he will not understand what I am saying, but I sat there and cringed. I absolutely and positively cringed. But that was not all. When the lights went back on and we left the theater, people gave me hateful stares. All the fucking way out.

    It was an absolute nightmare. It was a situation I found very hard to bear.

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