Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Those Gay White Men Can't Jump

It never fails when someone tries to do something good there will always be someone to crawl out from under the dust ball infested carpet who will find fault and often from the LGBT Blogging World of The Elite.

Case in point the young and talented 23 year old filmmaker Ryan James Yezak who has put together a mini-documentary on YouTube using various clips from a multitude of sources showing some of the struggles of the LGBT community.

Before I get into the critic's unhappiness let me first explain to the critic about selection of footage. In order to make a short documentary in which time is limited one must make an editorial decision as to what will go in and what will not in an effort of story telling. In order to make said documentary it is done to give a limited view of a given subject matter and not done to necessarily make the masses happy with inclusion or exclusion.

Now to the critic of Yezak's short documentary, Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend who writes in part, Aside from clips of Ellen DeGeneres talking about the murder of Lawrence King (and a blink-of-an-eye clip of her coming out on her sitcom), you’d think lesbians are practically non-existent in the movement. And it’s definitely “gay rights” only – don’t expect anything related to trans folk here either. If gays and lesbians are second-class citizens, you have to wonder what society considers transgender citizens if we render them invisible from the movement (as bis already are).

And people of color? Well, aside from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (an opportunity to show gay activist and organizer of the March on Washington, from which the clip is taken, Bayard Rustin, was missed), one unmistakable landmark event in gay rights history is Lawrence v. Texas, which revolved around an interracial couple, John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner. Not in the clips. Note: if Dan Choi hadn’t been in the DADT-related clips, then the vid would have been a complete whitewash. It’s kind of sad.

Yes Pam it is kind of sad that even though you half-heartily give some praise to Yezak for his effort that is over shadowed by your discontent of what isn't included in the documentary.

As I've written many times in the past in other editions of Focus On The Rainbow to critics of film makers, if you can do a better job then pony up and make your own. Until that time I say politely, STFU ! --- BTW another elite has reared his pointy head ... here.

I'm sure there will be others (H/T to NGBlog for the BTW).

CROWOLF has called all this complaining The Whine Heard Round The World.

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