Jun 23, 2013
Uncle Tom Award #1: Todd Graff
Their productions gleefully promote heterosexism, yelling over and over that gay people don't exist, that every story is about The Boy and The Girl.
Of course, lots of heterosexuals do this, but when you're LGBT, the erasure is galling. Why would someone deliberately contribute to their own oppression?
The first Uncle Tom Award goes to Todd Graff, who writes/directs/produces movies mostly about people overcoming problems through music.
1. Used People (1992). Elderly widow Shirley Maclaine is wooed by Marcello Mastroinni.
2. Fly by Night (1993). Boomerrey D. Sams leaves his wife and kid to take up a career as a hip-hop artist, and partners with I Tick. There's a gay roommate.
3. The Vanishing (1993). Wife of Boomer Bridges (left) vanishes, and he struggles desperately to find her. As Spider-Man reminded us, before I walked out, every good story is about a boy and a girl.
5. Camp (2003). About a group of teenagers at drama camp. One is gay, sort of: uber-campy Robin de Jesus crushes on Daniel Letterle (left) and is so frustrated that he has sex with a girl. Oh, one of those gay guys who can switch teams at will.
7. Joyful Noise (2012). Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton start a gospel choir in a small town, in spite of the opposition by the townsfolk (yeah, them small town sinners are always trying to oppress good fundamentalist Christians). Haven't seen it, but there's probably a homoromantic friendship between the two women. However, the Love Interest comes between their teenage children (Jeremy Jordan, but not the one in the top photo, Keke Palmer).