A WARNING About an Upcoming Western...
Brokeback Mountain in a Theater is One Thing. This is Coming to Your TV...
I can talk and debate nearly anything without losing my temper. There are, however, a handful of things that get me riled quick. ONE of those is politically correct Westerns and, boy, do I have a doozy to warn you about.
I take this particular movie personally as I know someone involved with it. The word is, TNT is bringing to our little silver screens a movie called Heresy, based on the book of the same name by author Melissa Lenhardt.
"Described as Thelma & Louise meets The Magnificent Seven, Heresy is a female-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the West like we’ve never seen before. Led by our two heroines, a group of women transform themselves into a legendary outlaw gang because the only way for a woman to claim her right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in America is to steal it." Quote courtesy of Deadline.
There are so many things in that paragraph that make my head want to explode. First, Hollywood seems to literally think any woman with courage and a strong will must be a lesbian. Or some form thereof. They don't seem to know how to write stories anymore with strong-willed, heterosexual women. Clearly, they don't want to, either. Gotta push that agenda.
Second, that phrase "take over the West like we've never seen before" irks me no end. There is a reason we haven't seen it before. Because nobody wants to. One reason we like Westerns is that men are men and women are women. Everybody likes the arrangement and no one is confused about which team they're playing for. Westerns should be pure, simple, and black-and-white in their messages. I personally prefer a good moral message, but won't deny I also enjoy a good revenge story. But I digress...
Third, the "only way for a woman to claim" her Constitutional rights in America is to steal them. Oooooh, really? Tell that to Susan B. Anthony, Jane Austen, Susan McSween, Amelia Earhart, etc., etc.
I hate to bash another author's work--but this thing crosses too many lines. Heresy makes me want to get the soap and scrub my mind. The themes and PC characters make my skin crawl.
Tell your friends and family about this movie so they don't start watching it hoping for something traditional, like True Grit or Tombstone. 'Cause it sure ain't.
Heresy? No, this thing is blasphemy.