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Disgusting behavior

Posted by Richard on January 5, 2006

Someone asked me if I’d seen Brokeback Mountain yet. No, and I don’t intend to.

Look, I’m a libertarian and basically a live-and-let-live kinda guy. But tolerating deviant behavior doesn’t mean endorsing or accepting it. Based on what I’ve read, it seems that this film crosses a line that I don’t think should be crossed, and in doing so it slanders cowboys.

I may not be a native Coloradan (I moved here over 22 years ago from Tennessee), but I consider myself a Westerner with a Western ethos and worldview. That means the image of the cowboy has meaning to me and is enduring, inviolable, and sacrosanct.

Brokeback Mountain apparently chooses to spit on the image of the cowboy. It portrays its two so-called "cowboy" protagonists behaving in a way that no real cowboy would behave.

Real cowboys have dignity, pride, and self-respect.

Real cowboys won’t degrade and embarrass themselves and their profession.

Real cowboys have core principles that they abide by and lines that they won’t cross.

Real cowboys know what they are and what they aren’t, and they don’t get "confused" about their identity.

Real cowboys don’t herd sheep.

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5 Responses to “Disgusting behavior”

  1. Mike said

    I know a lot of “real” cowboys and they would agree with you, and you are right, they are sheepboys! “Hey you sheepboys, stop that jibber jabbing”

    Mover Mike

  2. VRB said

    I had to read reviews of the movie, to get an idea what either of you were talking about.

  3. Anonymous said

    You know, there are some really lame jokes about this movie just begging to be made, but I resisted making them. Well, OK, if you insist, here’s one:

    ”Brokeback Mountain” is about two sheepherders. One day, while they’re looking over their flock, one of them said, “I love ewe,” and the rest of the movie is about the resulting misunderstanding.

    Yeah, I know — that was really ba-a-a-ad.

  4. David said

    I’m from New Zealand and I can’t understand why those cowboys went for each other with all those gorgeous sheep around

  5. Anonymous said

    David, I think you just took the lead in the “Comment of the Year” competition. 🙂

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