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Top Gun beat Brokeback Mountain to the champagne and pomegranite punch

Posted in Celebrities with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2010 by thechickywing

Granted, Brokeback Mountain was an inspiration to millions of American housewives who for years had hoped for a film with just the right combination of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal to make them accept gays. But this torrid romance, touted by that rag, the New York Times, as a “landmark” that unmasked “the homoerotic strain in American culture,” comes 24 years after the first and still most relevant film ever made about homosexuality in America: Top Gun.

Now, now, I know what some of you are thinking: Maverick and Ice Man are just enemies, enemies who deal with their animosity by breathing hard into each others’ mouths in the most appropriate venue for open conflict on a military base: a steamy locker room. That is, until they become friends, friends who show their masculine friendship by greasing themselves up for both-teams-shirtless volleyball.

Is it also justĀ  coincidence that the one time Maverick finally sleeps with his “girlfriend” (suspiciously named Charlie) is after she slips into Ice Man’s uniform and takes a bath in Aqua Velva? If you believe that, you probably also believe your boyfriend’s story that he only had a hard-on from wearing your panties because it reminded him of you, idiot.

The point is, one must give credit where credit is due, and praise Top Gun as the first in what was to be a series of gay-affirming films by director Tony Scott. Consider the gaping hole homosexual culture would have in it were it not for Scott’s unique insight and sensitivity in such films as The Fan, in which a gay fan (Robert De Niro) stalks a gay superstar athlete (Wesley Snipes), or Domino, in which Kiera Knightley is questionably cast as the twink hero.