15 Films That Ticked Off Gay Audiences

BY Advocate.com Editors

April 23 2010 3:35 PM ET

PROTESTED CRUISING X390 (PUBLICITY) | ADVOCATE.COMBasic Instinct (1992)

Groups including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation opposed Basic Instinct’s depiction of a sex-crazed bisexual novelist being investigated for murder. Several gay groups boycotted the film’s opening, charging that the character of Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) was offensive and homophobic. Film critic Roger Ebert, however, noted that the film’s heterosexual characters are equally unethical, and bisexual writer Camille Paglia called Basic Instinct her “favorite film.” Stone has since become an advocate for gay rights and AIDS research.

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