Jul 18, 2015
Mad Max: Beyond Homophobia
With an obvious good vs. evil plotline, and guess what? The good guys are all patiently described as straight, and the bad guys as over-the-top gay.
Mad Max (1979), set in an Australia that just started to break down, pits good, noble, uber-heterosexual Family Man Max, who has a wife and daughter, against an outlaw gang of mohawk-haired gay guys who hug and kiss all over each other.
Oddly enough, Max wears a leather-fetish outfit that looks like it belongs on Folsom Street.
There's also an explicit gay couple, the psycho Wezand and his boyfriend//slave, the Golden Youth, who gets killed.
The heterosexuals escape and flee north to a heterosexual future.
By now AIDS is in the news, so the gay men are all diseased, like this leather-clad, tattooed Angry Anderson with his drag-queen totem.
How many different ways are there to demonize gay people?
Looks like three.