Friday, December 09, 2005

Overheard on FOX

During a segment of "The Big Story" this evening on FOX News, John "There's a War on Christmas and Your Womenfolk Are Not Safe" Gibson was interviewing entertainment critic Bill McCuddy about the latest crop of films to hit the theaters.

McCuddy gave high marks to Brokeback Mountain, a film about gay cowboys (no pudding, South Park fans), but Gibson seemed a bit squeamish about the sex scenes.
What's more difficult to watch: George Clooney getting his fingernails ripped out in Syriana or that?
Now, I don't expect the FOX News anchors to be marching in pride parades or anything, but it's more than a little extreme to equate gay sex with torture. And this is not the "hey, it's not such a big deal, it's just guys blowing off steam" kind of torture. It's the "where the hell is Amnesty International, that's an American" kind of torture.

I wonder if Gibson would feel the same way about watching Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron have sex? I'm guessing, no.

Update: The actual Gibson quote from transcripts, via Media Matters: "Which is harder to watch, the pulling out the fingernails of Syriana or Heath and Jake inamorata in this?" Pretty close considering how hard it was to hear the TV over the sound of my jaw dropping.
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