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Thursday, April 20

Coming Out

This season's Soprano's is more interesting because they have been more topical than usual... including current events and a bit of politics into the story line. For me personally, I find it hilarious watching "goons" give their opinions about what's in the news. Yeah, and they are bush supporter types too.

One of them, Vito, has been outed as gay this season. Of course, he's married with children but sneaks out dressed as one of the Village People to gay night clubs. Naturally, the other guys in the 'family' feel that he should be whacked except for Tony who has had a tiny change of heart since he came out of his coma, and feels that since Vito is a top earner, he should be spared. I think you'd call that corporate compassion.

The highlight of Sunday's show, for me anyway, was when Tony was talking to his shrink about homosexuals. He explained that man on man sex is okay if you're in prison, because, well, what are you gonna do? Indeed. Then he went on to tell the doctor that he goes along with that Sanitorium guy... if gays can get married, "pretty soon we'll all be fucking dogs." Now that was brilliant writing. Tony says gay sex is ok when you have no other choice, but if it's gonna lead to gay marriage and then to fucking dogs, then it's just wrong. Poor doggies.

Newsday today has an article about Long Island gay men speaking out on this episode where Vito runs away to NH because he is afraid of being killed for who he is by his "family". They think the episode was hopeful for their cause. Well yeah, no, maybe... you kind of feel something for Vito in the story line... but not really... he's a murderer after all and getting a taste of his own medicine. Hardly a sympathetic character. We discover that he is a good husband and father though (according to his shocked wife), and lately he hasn't even been shtooping his mistress. I really don't think one's living in a closet has to do with becoming a criminal though. Vito has worse emotional issues than being attracted to men. My point is that while the gay community finds the social issue of homophobia coming up in entertainment a good thing, I wouldn't jump on the "Save Vito" bandwagon so fast.

From Newsday's article there is a good point though:

A spokesman for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a media monitoring group based in Los Angeles, reacted positively to the story line.

"This character really does create an interesting and complex story that isn't often told," said GLAAD entertainment and media director Damon Romine. "What it does, in an unconventional way, is tackle the subject of homophobia."

Both McDonald and Kilmnick said the plot line that had Vito flee to New Hampshire challenged homosexuals to be true to themselves. In the episode, Vito arrives in the state during a threatening storm but awakens to brilliant sunshine, then spots a license tag that carried the state motto, "Live free or die."

"I think that was the most powerful message," said Kilmnick. "Live free, be yourself or else you die inside."
Absolutely Mr. Kilmnick. A lot of the overall unhappiness in the country today certainly stems from the homophobic culture we live in, but let us not forget that Vito cannot be a hero for the cause because he is, afterall, a fucking murderer.

I would just like to see that story line deal with a more sympathetic character. But that's my opinion and I could be wrong.

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