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Don't Give 'Dallas Buyers Club' Any Awards This is a film in which the true hero of the AIDS movement is a straight bigot who helps educate all of the queer people he once despised about how to treat themselves and fight the system.
Who is "Dallas Buyers Club" for? It's not for anyone who identifies as LGBT. The movie is resolutely not about them.
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Is it for homophobes, who can learn from the movie's example that maybe you can give someone a hug and everything will be OK? I think the movie is made for the kinds of people a lot of movies are made for: They're the ones who gave "Crash" all those awards, remember? For everyone's sake, I really hope they don't.
This is a film in which the hero of the AIDS movement is a straight bigot who helps educate all of the people he once despised about how to treat themselves and fight the system. In its haste to canonize Ron Woodroof, McConaughey's character, it almost entirely erases the real saints of that fight: Jenji Kohan, creator of "Orange Is The New Black," has forthrightly said that her main character for that series was a rich, white, blond "Trojan Horse" to ease presumably white audiences into a show that was actually about working-class people of color.
Watching "Dallas Buyers Club," you see what that show would have been like if you only got as far as the Trojan Horse. Woodroof is vividly drawn; almost everyone else is an afterthought.
Along the way, he becomes business partners with Rayon played by Leto a trans woman, and fights the system, and stands up for the little guy, and learns to accept those dirty gays, etc, etc. Never mind that many, many, many, many, many people have said that Ron Woodroof was bisexual or, at the very least, not homophobic in real life.
The film cannot emphasize enough just how straight Ron is. It starts with him having loud, angry sex with two women.
It travels with him to strip clubs, films his assignations with prostitutes. There are no similar moments of queer love, or even lust. Rayon is that classic Hollywood trope, the sexless minority whose only function is to generate our sympathy and teach the hero how to feel again. For good measure, she's also the subject of repeated lectures by Ron on how to live her life.
There's also a classic scene where he defends her honor in a supermarket, just like a good man's man should. Rayon even dies at the proper moment. Leto is moving and funny in the role, but it's a thinly written part, and one that carries a whiff of "look what I'm doing" around with it.
While we're on the subject, McConaughey is also effective, but it's a performance that gets by mostly on his considerable charm. I've been mystified by all the critics dubbing his turn a "revelation. He's in a gay bar!
More gallingly, we see his victimization as the prominent example of the discrimination people with AIDS went through. There's an infuriating scene where Ron goes back to his home to find 'Faggot Blood' scrawled on the outside.
There are no similar passages featuring people who, in all likelihood, were in far more danger than he. It is certainly not a distortion of history to note that straight people also got AIDS.
Nor is it wrong to celebrate straight people who fought in the AIDS movement. But "Dallas Buyers Club" resembles nothing so much as the endless stream of movies about the civil rights movement that, at their core, are about white people's problems.
We all recall "The Help," though it would be nicer if we didn't. There's always a sense in these films that white or straight audiences won't be able to handle a story without some buffer to help them through, as if, without people they can "recognize," they will recoil.
Inis it too much to ask that that notion be reexamined -- or that we reevaluate our idea of what a "normal" audience member looks like? The AIDS movement is one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring civil rights struggles of at least the past years.
It was a movement in which oppressed and reviled people, in the midst of a pandemic, forced the world to both care about them and to take their medical crisis seriously. To put it mildly, there is a story there, and it's not a story that's actually been told with too much regularity by mainstream Hollywood.
I sincerely wish that the Oscars don't make the mistake of treating it like a movie that's right for the time we live in now.Primera products are used by thousands of companies and organizations world-wide. You can browse the list of names of the industries that trust Primera for their in-house printing needs.
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