After months of
silence, Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller has explained
his decision to pull Brokeback Mountain from
one of his movie theaters. He took the action because he was
worried about the breakup of the traditional American
family, he told Salt Lake City's KTVX-TV in an
interview. "Getting away from the traditional
families, which I look at as the fundamental building block
of our society, is a very dangerous thing," he said.
In January, Miller canceled showings of the
R-rated Western gay romance story at the Megaplex at
Jordan Commons in Sandy. That had been the only one of
Miller's theaters scheduled to show the movie. It was shown
at other theaters in the area.
Miller's decision on January 5 came just two
hours after he was told about the movie's subject
matter by a KCPW-FM reporter. During the KCPW
interview, he said booking a movie like Brokeback
Mountain was a business decision, adding, "It's
something that I have to let the market speak to some
degree. I don't think I'm qualified to be the
Miller drew both support and criticism within
Utah after he decided to cancel the film. The Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of
Utah has urged people to boycott Miller's businesses.
Miller said many Utahns responded by buying cars
from him. "I had 12 people call and say, 'I bought a
car from you today because,' and then 27 the next day,
and then 12 the third day," Miller told KTVX.
Miller said he stands by his decision to pull
the movie. "I clearly hurt some individuals' feelings,
and for that I regret it. But I don't think it should
change my opinions and views," he said.
Miller is to deliver a speech at the University
of Utah on April 21, over opposition from some on