Pity the poor
straight male! What is one to do when every last bastion of
traditional masculinity has been co-opted by the gays? You
can't have a butch name anymore without
sounding like a gay porn star. You can't bulk
up your body without lookinglike a gay porn star.
And wrestling? Only if you are a gay porn star, dude.
Why, it's enough to make you don a leather
jacket, hop on a motorcycle, and go on a trip with
a bunch of other leather daddies in an attempt to assert
your manliness. Nothing gay about that. No siree, Bob...
And that's pretty much the gist of all the comedy in
Wild Hogs,a new film undoubtedly
pitched as "City Slickers,but like, not as
gay." The titular hogs include Doug (Tim
Allen), a dentist who feels uncool, Dudley (William H.
Macy), a computer programmer whoisuncool, Bobby (Martin
Lawrence), who's married to an Angry Black Woman,
and Woody, who is John Travolta. Together, these
beleaguered straight men decide to mount their
bikes, hit the open road, and escape the crippling
shackles of a society designed to oppress them. Or
a society determined to look at their homosocial
bonding as totally gay-- whatevs.
Along the way they meet a lot more queers than you'd
usually find in a mainstream Disney comedy--pity that
they're there only to demonstrate how gay our
There's the gay cop played byScrubs'John C. McGinley (oh, no,
cops are gay now too), the fey singer in cowboy
drag, the menacing biker whose ambiguous come-ons
are rewarded with a punch... The trouble is, I
could go on and on. Virtually every set piece
revolves around an icky gay guy or the threat that
these Wild Hogs might be perceived as queer, not just
because they like to go skinny-dipping together
but because their suburban lifestyles have turned
them into effeminate, emasculated wimps. After all, a
real man wouldn't drink a mocha latte,
Susan Faludi might have a great time breaking down Wild Hogs,but for the rest of us,
there's no escape from the film's
bludgeoning homophobia. Don't get me wrong:
It's a bad movie in any case.
Example: William H. Macy recovers from a bike spill
with the laugh line "I hit my butt!"
The pervading antigay sentiment is just the rancid
cherry on top.Wild Hogsends with the
threat of a sequel, and I hope that by the time they
make it the filmmakers will have learned what the
rest of the country is catching on to: Homophobia?
Is totally gay, dude.
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