"Brokeback Mountain" has made a profit now, grossing $30 million for Universal Studios largely in large blue-state metropolitan areas with devoted gay audiences. It is, in one sense, an event for gays like "The Passion of the Christ" was for Christians. You don't just see it. You see it repeatedly. You're in a sense "voting" for it, for Hollywood to make more of it. Gay activists called it their "Gone With the Wind."
The big difference is that there are many more Christians at the box office, and many more "Brokeback" promoters among the movie-critic elite. The critics have whistled and screamed and demanded Oscars for this movie for months now. If "Brokeback" wins nominations or even Oscars that "Passion" never received, you will know with 100 percent certainty that these awards are not based on merit as much as on decadent cultural politics.
The truly classic moment of the Golden Globes on the television side was the Best Actress in a "Musical or Comedy," which somehow should have been named a best "Dramedy" category, since none of the five nominated actresses work on a true giggle-fest. The HFPA selected for this category four of the featured females on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," and Mary-Louise Parker for her role as a pot-dealing desperate housewife on a show nobody sees, Showtime's "Weeds."
While our young people are being increasingly convinced not to start down the illegal-drug road by using marijuana, Parker and the people at Showtime have been all too thrilled with the thought of producing the "edgy" show to promote marijuana as "so in the zeitgeist."
Comedian Chris Rock came to the podium to present the Globe, and made endless fun of Parker playing the "drug dealer." Of course, she was the winner. She looked embarrassed for a minute, but then grabbed the Globe, and told her male and female "Weeds" co-workers she loves them so much she'd like to "make out with all of you." Parker knows how to polish the apple of the HFPA.
It's sad that these foreign reporters are helping define the so-called "best" in our culture for people to remember. Let's hope that when our children look back on the classic movies and TV of their youth, they won't be influenced by which ones won the Golden Globes. I'm already eager to forget who just won.