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Kirby Dick’s OUTRAGE Aginst Gay Hypocrites

by | 4th, October 2009

outrageIN a week in which Iran’s only gay Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, aka Maurice Schneider, is found out for over-compensating for his Jewish roots, Anorak spots OUTRAGE, an official selection of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, which “investigates the hidden lives of some of the country’s most powerful policymakers – from now-retired Idaho Senator Larry Craig, to former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy – and examines how these and other politicians have inflicted damage on millions of Americans by opposing gay rights.”

Kirby Dick’s film is outing the hypocrites.

Through a combination of archival news footage and exclusive interviews with politicians and members of the media, OUTRAGE probes the psychology of a double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, and the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures. As Barney Frank, perhaps the best-known openly gay member of Congress explains, “There is a right to privacy, but not a right to hypocrisy. It is very important that the people who make the law be subject to the law.”

The film also spotlights Michael Rogers, a gay activist and founder of blogACTIVE, a Washington, D.C.-based website dedicated to outing closeted public figures. Rogers feels it is necessary to expose the hypocrisy of those who may live one way in public and another way in private, explaining that his work is not about outing people who are gay, but rather about “reporting on individuals who are working against the community that they then expect to protect them.”

If you don’t have the courage to be yourself, how can you effectively represent others?

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