My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Brokeback Mountain a hit in Red States!

Andrew Sullivan with a great opinion piece on Brokeback Mountain from the London Sunday Times.
Something odd happened between the elite’s assessment of the heartland and the heartland’s assessment of Brokeback Mountain. No, it’s no The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. But of all the Oscar nominees it has racked up by far the biggest domestic grosses so far: more than $70m at the last count (compared with, say, $22m for the superb Capote). And that’s before the potential Oscar boost. More interestingly, it’s done remarkably well in the middle of the red states.

O’Reilly’s Montana? In the 85-year-old cinema in Missoula, Montana, the owner told the media: “It’s been super every night since we started showing it.” The movie did even better in Billings, a more conservative city in the state.

According to Variety magazine, some of the strongest audiences have been in Tulsa, Oklahoma, El Paso, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa and Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock is the place George W Bush calls his spiritual home and may well be the site for his presidential library. Greenwich Village it ain’t.
Please read the whole thing...


Blogger jw said...

I havn't seen the film and won't watch it until it's out on DVD.

I think it's important to point out that Joe & Jane Average are willing to keep an open mind on GLB stuff. "If the love story is good enough, the gay stuff just plain doesn't matter" is a far closer viewpoint for the Averages than anything which comes from Right/Left or from GLB politics.

Herein we see the important fact that the Averages are not the people who speak in the MSM & blogs. Mr. & Ms. Average go to a movie to be entertained and if BBM is entertaining, that is good enough.

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservatives hate fags. If you think otherwise then you are a fool.

4:48 PM  
Blogger jw said...

anonymous: Hmmm? High intellectual debate I see. Doubly so on a conservative & gay blog ...

Some conservatives hate gays, so do some liberals. Hate is an equal opportunity disaster.

Fixing the problems of life requires us to see what is present and only what is present: This is the rule of science applied to society.

4:48 AM  

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