Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures’ co-chairwoman, has stated that Hollywood has a responsibility to shape the general public’s perception of lesbian and gay communities.
This then lead Pascal to proclaim that all filmmakers should remove any gay jokes and offensive stereotypes and material in their work.
“There is not much any of us can do about what people hear from families and friends, but there is a lot we can do about what people see,” Pascal told a fundraiser on Thursday evening.
“Next time, when any of us are reading a script and it says words like fag, or faggot, homo, dyke, take a pencil and just cross it out. We can do better, and we will do better. We have to,” she proclaimed.
Pascal when on to state that other stereotypes in the entertainment business also help to hurt the reputation of homosexuals. “How many times have you heard a character imply to another that the worst thing about going to prison isn’t being locked up for the rest of your life, it’s the homosexuality?”
Continuing, Pascal noted, “The most benign stereotypes would have a gay kid believe that they will end up being the asexual, witty best friend of the pretty girl, or a drag queen, or a hairdresser.”
Citing references, Pascal also remarked that films which try to portray homosexuals in a positive note often contain negative elements too.
“Brokeback Mountain, Milk, Boys Don’t Cry, Philadelphia, The Hours, Gods and Monsters, The Talented Mr. Ripley, A Single Man … in all these movies, the main character is murdered or martyred or commits suicide or just dies unhappily,” Pascal said.
Pascal’s plan is to simply have characters who are gay, but it is “totally incidental to the plot.” She then lauded the likes of The Kids Are All Right, Perks Of Being A Wildflower, and Beginners for their work.
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