Accuracy in Media

While our troops were fighting for freedom in Iraq, the American way of life was continuing to deteriorate here at home, with Hollywood leading the way. You may remember Hollywood actress Jessica Lange starring in “Tootsie” with Dustin Hoffman, who plays an actor who dresses like a woman to get acting parts. That was a comedy. Cross-dressers were people to be laughed at. But now, on the HBO cable channel, cross-dressing has become a deadly serious subject, with Lange starring in a film called “Normal” about a husband who decides he is really a woman in a man’s body.

Jessica Lange, you may recall, appeared at one of the communist-organized anti-war rallies in Washington, D.C. She also appeared at a film festival in Spain on September 25th, where she viciously attacked President Bush, saying, “I despise him. I despise his administration and everything they stand for…. It is an embarrassing time to be an American. It really is. It’s humiliating.”

Speaking of embarrassing, it was during the war that the film “Normal” aired several times on HBO. It’s about a seemingly “normal” Midwestern factory worker, Roy Applewood, a husband and father of two who stuns his family and community by revealing he wants a sex change operation. Irma, his wife of 25 years, is played by Lange. The film shows him as he begins exploring what it takes to be a woman, from earrings to perfume to taking hormones to developing breasts.

Some in the liberal media like this kind of thing. Tom Shales of the Washington Post called the film brilliant and “pioneering.” He notes that when “Roy” puts on his first outfit, a loud blue dress, he bears a distinct resemblance to Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno. Perhaps out of a misguided notion of tolerance, the media do not condemn or even criticized perverted displays of sexuality such as HBO’s “Normal.” The same attitude is evident over at the New York Times, which on April 20 ran a long article about “Gay Rappers.” The story concerned a rap “artist” who goes by the name of “Caushun” and whose debut album is titled “Shock and Awe.” The Times says, “His self-confidence is so strong that he doesn’t believe his being gay will keep him from selling a million records and having a video played on MTV 20 times a week ? in other words, from becoming a star.”

The article highlights the “openly gay hip-hop world that is as varied as its straight counterpart,” noting that one rapper calls himself “a thug who happens to be homosexual,” while another “is a transvestite from New Orleans.” The article also discusses the sex lives of famous rappers. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation applauds this kind of thing and recently honored Diane Sawyer of ABC with GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award for “promoting equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

Sawyer, co-host of Good Morning America on ABC, continued that pandering on April 21st when she interviewed a former baseball player, Billy Bean, who came out of the homosexual closet. Glenn Burke, a onetime outfielder for the Dodgers and Oakland A’s, also came out of the closet. He died of AIDS in 1995.

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