Conflict of Interest Zoophobia
posted by May 9 at 12:40 PMon
Ah, the Seattle Weekly film section. This week, we have…
Scott Foundas of the LA Weekly on one movie. Ella Taylor, also of the LA Weekly, on two movies. Jessica Grose, a (New-York based?) VVM freelancer, on one movie. J. Hoberman, of the Village Voice, on two movies. Nathan Lee, of the Village Voice, on two movies.
Yet mysteriously, the Seattle Weekly failed to use the admiring, hilarious Village Voice review for Zoo, by Nathan Lee. No, Brian Miller had to step in and share his opinion, which is, apparently, that men who have sex with horses are GAY.
What do we call these men who shun women and obtain sexual gratification in the company of other men? Oh, that’s right, we call them “zoo” (their secretive, whispered contraction of zoophilia), a three-letter epithet that, we’r e instructed, must be redeemed, or at least understood. Because labeling would be wrong, and so would judgment. Devor and Mudede scrupulously avoid judgingóor asking any hard questionsóbecause Zoo is all about tolerance, don’t you see? Parallels must be drawn, and bigots refuted. (The easy-to-loathe, deviant-hating chorus includes Rush Limbaugh and state Sen. Pam Roach.)
Anyway, Zoo opens this Friday at the Varsity. Congratulations, Charles!