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Quoting: I will not Die For Your Amusement 
13th-Mar-2009 04:33 pm
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The SotB has recently, been pretty much too bad to post about. I may try later, when /i know if I'm out of it enough to explain, but the problem was mostly, that I didn't know why. So I'm not going to try and find words because those words would be wrong.

Instead, I'm going to quote wholesale Yonmei from Feminist SF:
Last Friday I was sitting in a cinema with a bunch of friends and friends of friends, waiting for The Watchmen to begin.

And then the trailer for Lesbian Vampire Killers came on. And in the space of a minute or two, I was reminded that to most of the straight people in this auditorium, I’m just a target. Not a real person. A straight man with an axe planning to kill lesbians is kinda funny, isn’t he? All jolly good fun.

I want this film to bomb and die at the box office. I want it more than I can tell you. I want it to be a massive, multi-million loss. I want the makers to quit. I can’t avoid the damn posters, I can’t avoid the damn trailer: but I can at least want never to see a sequel in the trailers, on the posters, on the Internet, in the film reviews.

Trying to protest it: hell, what’s the point? Pickets, protesting, letters, public anger: I already know what most of the straight people buying tickets to have fun watching lesbians being killed will say: Lighten up. It’s just a joke.

None of the lesbians who saw the poster said that. We shrugged at each other resignedly. It’s the kind of thing that happens. The boys throw stones in jest: we die in earnest. The dominant narrative about what lesbians are, what we do, why we exist: to titilate and amuse straight men. By dying, if we can’t do it any other way.

The only slash panel I got to at Redemption, the dominant narrative had even got there: two people on the panel, one of them a straight man, who began the discussion by saying he didn’t know much about slash but he wanted to know where the femslash was.

And for some reason still unclear to me, the audience of slash fans, any of whom were better qualified to sit on the panel than this ass: we told him.

…five minutes into The Watchmen, the only two lesbians had been brutally murdered.
I'm quoting this because a lot of my friends fully intend to see this movie and think it'll be a laff. And honestly? I've played along with them. But the existence of the movie discomforts me.
Opinions 
13th-Mar-2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Mike and I both agreed that as much as we like vampire films, we'll be giving that one a miss.
13th-Mar-2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Me too. In all honesty, the first time I heard the title mentioned -- several weeks ago in statements -- I thought it was another weird porno title or something. Shut up, I live a sheltered life. I did not know it was a real cinematic release until the trailer before Watchmen. :(
13th-Mar-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
See, I'm so cynical now that as soon as I heard the title I automatically thought "Yup...another film to titillate straight white males."
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13th-Mar-2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of this movie. I kind of still wish I hadn't. That is offensive and repellant on so many levels, I don't even know where to start.
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13th-Mar-2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know about this movie. Now I know to avoid it.
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13th-Mar-2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Well, the whole side story with the newspaper vendor/kid reading the Black Freighter comic/Top Knots/lesbians/psychologist and wife stuff wasn't in the movie at all.
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13th-Mar-2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
There was a relatively recent Penny Arcade comic about this (sort of: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/2/18/) It's too bad that mainstream movie producers haven't yet agreed that sexual orientation should be on the list of traits/indentities that they shouldn't demonize and exploit.

Damn it, Oprah could fix this.
13th-Mar-2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Why are people so offended by this movie? It sounds awesome! It should be a double feature with "Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter".

People get their panties in a bunch about the stupidest things sometimes, I swear.
13th-Mar-2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
So did you not read the post, or what?
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13th-Mar-2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I was going to avoid this movie because, frankly, any film that has a title like that is a) not likely to be my kind of movie and b) likely to be dreadful.

I thought the title sounded exploitative - though the post you quote from gives me some grounding for my gut reaction.

I wholly expect this film to bomb - it really won't be any good!
13th-Mar-2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
You know what's even worse?

The conservatives (the ones who somehow think children are going to see Watchmen with their parents) who are utterly repulsed by the inclusion of Silhouette. That when she and her lover are murdered in the opening sequence, they're not worried about their kids reacting to the death.

No, they're worried that their kids will see the words painted on the wall and turn to their parents and god 'Mommy, what's a lesbian?'

Dear god, children might learn what a lesbian is. The horror. (Note: Sarcasm)

It's okay to kill them! But kids can't know what they are!

Sigh.
13th-Mar-2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. The way that American conservatives are less bothered by extreme violence than by visible sexuality, especially when it's not "normative" by their definitions, seriously infuriates me.
13th-Mar-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
When I first heard of this movie, I thought it was this one. Then, I thought it was supposed to be about lesbians hunting vampires, which, while probably exploitative, might be cool.

But that's just stupid. Fuck that movie. >:(
13th-Mar-2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Fancy writing this up a little more and getting it posted on The F Word as a Guest Blogger post? If so email me (louise@thefword.org.uk) as I'd be massively in favour of getting this on the site.
13th-Mar-2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't write the article on Feminist SF, that's clear enough right?

Of course, I'd be more than happy to quote it and elaborate with my own commentary, I just wanted to make sure you weren't aiming for the original author.
13th-Mar-2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hurrah, another movie I will never watch.

I admit I got dreadfully bored of the Watchmen book and didn't finish. I didn't realise there was so much more in the book. :/
14th-Mar-2009 09:32 am (UTC)
Lesbian Vampire Killers was already off my radar because I can't stand those two smug BBC3-friendly idiots, but thanks for the warning...
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