â BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN DOSSIERâ lage Peopleâs cowboy, or of gay rodeo, one of the smartest jokes came from Conan OâBrien: âToday the controversial new movie Brokeback Mountain opens, about two gay cowboys. Apparently you can tell the characters are gay because theyâre dressed like cowboys.â Perhaps all the jokes finally function as revenge against a gay narrative that completely disavows camp. Intended as cowboy vernacular for declaring the pain of forbidden desire, âI wish I knew how to quit youâ instantly became the filmâs most parodied line: even Ang Lee could not resist it when accepting his Oscar. But the filmâs other key declaration seems to desperately summarize its inevitable failure to control its popular reception: âYou know I ainât queer.â But no, we have decided, the film is queer, and hilariously so: better funny fags than tragic homosexuals. Notes 1. 2. Owen Wister, The Virginian (New York: Macmillan, 1902). Oscar Wilde, âThe American Invasion,â in The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde, ed. Richard Ellmann (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), 54. DOI 10.1215/10642684-2006-020 Dana Luciano Thereâs been a lot of talk about those shirts, those touchingly intertwined, visibly bloodstained, achingly emptied shirts, liberated from
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