Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Tod Goldberg: Letters To Parade: The Dumbest Question Of 2006: "Just wanted to make sure y'all saw that. Peter Jones, who is coming straight outta New York, which would indicate a world view larger and more varied than your common genital crab, but which, sadly is equal to or less than said genital crab, has some questions about Ang Lee and homosexuals that he just can't figure out:Brokeback Mountain's Ang Lee is the favorite to win an Oscar for Best Director [And win he did.]. How did a Chinese person gain such an understanding of homosexual American cowboys?This question represents the perfect storm of fucktardedness and therefore I'm compelled to believe that when Ed Klein and his Evil Elves of Fucktardery came across it (or created it) they deemed it the one question that would ruin my day. So much stupidity in one question! So much bias! So much jingoism!

I won't point out the obvious here...oh, fuck it, I will...Ang Lee didn't conceive of the story, the characters, the butt sex, the cowboys (or, as is being argued on Parade.com, sheepherders...really, I'm not making this up...), E. Annie Proulx did, and then Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana adapted them for the screen. But let's just pretend we're Peter Jones and that we're total fucktards incapable of understanding how a Chinese person could think up such things. Here are some ideas:

1. Ang Lee also directed the Civil War film Ride With The Devil (based on a great novel by Daniel Woodrell, incidentally), which is pretty surprising because Ang Lee isn't a Civil War vet and, in fact, lived part of his life in Pinko China, and, I'm fairly certain, never once listened to a 38 Special album and thought about how cool it would be to grow up in the old South, where he would have been lynched. At any rate, the pop singer Jewel co-starred in Ride with the Devil and her longtime beau is cowboy Ty Murray. Perhaps one drunken night on the range turned into a sexual bacchanal. Perhaps Ty rode Ang like a bucking steer. Perhaps Ang woke one morning with a longing for the feel of a rawhide saddle and the touch and feel of a man. Perhaps he read the fucking short story."

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