Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Frank Spotnitz Apologizes for Homophobic Storyline in "X-Files: I Want to Believe"

I'm not sure how I missed this but GayAgenda.com posted that Frank Spotnitz, co-writer of X-Files: I Want to Believe, recently apologized for the homophobic storyline in the movie. From Spotnitz's blog:
“I Want To Believe” is meant to be about faith and love. It would make me very sad if this movie in any way furthers hatred of anyone or anything. While it’s true the villains in this story happen to be gay, it was not our intention to suggest that being gay, transgender or a victim of pedophilia is in any way villainous. It should go without saying that nothing could be farther from the truth. The sexual orientation of the villains, their connection to Father Joe, and the motive for their crimes were all intended to deepen the mystery, not to make any kind of moral judgment. In truth, theirs is a love story that is meant to parallel Scully’s story (the lengths that both will go to save a loved one, the not-so-coincidental overlap in scientific research, etc.). If we have offended anyone, you have my deepest apology.
I still don't buy it. As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, I am sick and tired of Hollywood using these tired cliches in any form. However, there are many gay people who have enjoyed the film. For example, Rev. Chris Carpenter, film critic at Movie Dearest had this to say in his review:
"Wow! Not only is I Want to Believe the best-written movie of the summer so far, treating a number of very serious current topics (including same-sex marriage) in a profoundly mature way, it is also very well-directed by series creator Chris Carter; wonderfully acted by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson... Oh, and it's as eerie, scary and teasingly romantic as the series' best episodes were."
Rev. Chris Carpenter made this interesting observation as well:
"I had some of the same concerns watching the film, and I'm a gay Catholic priest so I was especially sensitive about that. However, as I've thought the story through, I think its point is quite the opposite: it tries to equate the gay married couple with straight married couples in showing the (admittedly twisted) extremes that some will go to in order to keep a loved one alive. Working in hospice as I do, I see that desperation pretty regularly."
The reason I'm not buying Spotnitz's explanation is because as Damon Romine said so succinctly:
"Transgender issues, pedophilia and a married psychotic gay couple are inexplicably and erroneously blurred together in a premise indefensible when not in the presence of any counter-balancing characters or scenes that lets the audience know these extremes are not the norm."