I always thought the scenario in The Secret movie of the gay man that wants to be a standup comedian and he simply changes his thoughts and poof the abuse of the bigots around him disappears was a bit dangerous. I think that if a straight woman or racial minority were substituted in this portion of the movie there would have been an outcry. I think their only polite scapegoats in this case would have been gay men and women – and maybe overweight people. Part of this stems, I think, from the notion that the whole ‘gay thing’ is simply a lifestyle choice (there is no such thing as a gay lifestyle – unless you ask Madison Avenue always willing to sell people their own equality in the form of a consumer product) – that if those crazy fags just weren’t so you know… like that… with their parades and their well… you know… those things that they do that are unlike the things that we do… then maybe they wouldn’t be the targets of abuse. And when it is relegated to a choice then the abuse that follows is pinned on the target, not the perp. The Advocate addresses this:
I found it painful to watch the gay-bashing scenario followed by the proposed simplistic solution. Homophobia is a dangerous and very real problem. LGBT people are attacked and killed in this country. They are executed in Iraq and Iran, with tacit and sometimes even explicit government approval. Attackers cause hate crimes, not victims.
The materialistic and narcissistic messages of The Secret belittle whatever superficial spiritual teachings it hopes to offer. The movie makes no mention of loving one’s neighbor or enacting justice. It makes no overtures toward feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, sheltering the homeless, or caring for the sick. The power of positive thinking will apparently take care of that. For example, a woman testifies that she cured herself of breast cancer not with radiation or chemotherapy but with good thoughts and funny movies. The implication is clear: If she did it, so can you. This miasmic view of disease blames patients for their illnesses. It’s an old argument that’s still used to blame gay men for AIDS.
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