Desensitize Me



For years now Hollywood has spoon fed us images of people getting shot.

During the Cold War era, the antagonists were primarily Eastern Europeans and Russians with the market flooding with shots of the nicely accessorized American punching out and kicking some major big nosed gold toothed Eastern European thug ass.

Then since the Gulf war, began the demonization of Middle Easterners. It’s been almost two decades now that movies have shown us Middle Easterners (attired horribly) getting shot at, desensitizing the mass public to violence against anyone of tan skin and dark hair color. It’s gotten to be so much so the norm that it’d be strange NOT to have a Middle Eastern antagonist in action films e.g Body of Lies, Taken 2, and most recently the new Bond movie, Skyfall.

Now, however, a new kind of evil has emerged in Hollywood. This new foe sports better fashion than his former Middle Eastern counterpart and has wittier banter – oh and one other thing, he’s gay.

That’s right, the new ‘popular’ antagonist in Hollywood films has now become homosexuals. Deranged, awkward, and unstable ones at that – most of whom apparently like showing off bleach blonde hair.

Such antagonists now can be seen in Snow White and the Huntsmen, Tron Legacy, Lawless, and here we go again, Skyfall.

The latter I found to be the most offensive, with the antagonist “Silva” so crudely hitting on James Bond himself by caressing his chest, thighs, and knees making the scene terribly uncomfortable for straight and gay audiences as it implies gay men would actually do something so unruly, further cementing homophobic sentiments in heterosexual men who already (and hilariously) think just because someone is gay they will automatically hit on them.

By the end of the movie this character is so crazy and disgusting that even I wanted to see him shot, and that’s exactly what Hollywood was aiming for. Just as we automatically side with the Caucasion male vs the Middle Eastern man in the movie, Hollywood has now successfully desensitized us to homosexuals as well by painting them as flamboyant deranged psychotic and often disgusting men who can’t control their lust for the same sex.

Seems like the T.V. stereotype of gay men as being uber friendly, flamboyant, fashion crazy, superficial hacks is the exact counterpart to this new Hollywood trend.

How unfortunate that a normal medium can’t be reached – with the liberals enjoying this T.V. stereotype and the conservatives pushing for the deranged Hollywood version. America’s bipolarization continues…

And where does that leave homosexual Middle Eastern men like me?!

I’ve successfully become the ultimate bad guy.

Now if only I could have a Hollywood salary to go with it.


About thepersiancloset

Hey there! I'm a gay Iranian-American raised in the US, studying Dentistry and hoping to open up my own practice some day. Being brought up in a Persian household proved (and proves!) to be difficult when my very liberal gay self clashes with the more conservative members of the household. Follow me on a week to week journey of growing up Gay in the Persian closet!
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2 Responses to Desensitize Me

  1. Abi says:

    Hey, I am a gay Persian. Also doctor, looking to make more friends, especially gay Persian. email me, if you wanna get to know me.

  2. Secret reader ;) says:

    Ghorbunet beram 😉 har vaghti ke delet mikhad ba ye doosti va hamvatani sohbat koni hatman emailam kon!

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