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Some in the LGBTQ+ Community are Calling Pennywise Homophobic, Upset He is Not a Good Role Model?

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Somehow gay voices have found a problem with an evil character driven to bloodlust??? 

The sequel to the 2017 surprise blockbuster film “It” was released this weekend. The box office numbers for “It: Chapter 2” were huge, as expected, but unexpectedly (for some) they found an issue with the central figure of the sequel. A few scenes in this film about a nightmarish circus act are said to be disturbing — not from a horror perspective, but for the social implications.

Over at Out Magazine there is an announcement for readers that the lead villain, the clown Pennywise (referred to as “It” by the residents) is in fact homophobic. The headline declares “Pennywise Is Surprisingly (yea, about that) Anti-Quer In “It Chapter Two”. There is a reason for this declaration in the gay publication. After the first chapter of this rebooted franchise come out in 2017 the character became something of a gay icon.

(possible spoilers in the next paragraph)

That has all changed however in the sequel. In this film the children are now grown-ups, and there are some scenes in which the murderous entity actually behaves in an unapproved fashion! As explained by writer Rose Dummu, “after seeing It Chapter Two, I’m sad to announce that Pennywise is not gay, or even an ally. In fact, Pennywise is surprisingly anti-queer.”

The primary reason for this summation is that in an early scene a homosexual couple is attacked by a group of youths, with one of them ultimately meeting his end at the hand of the clown. Later scenes have Pennywise taunting the character Richie (played by Bill Hader) who is gay, threatening him with his “secret”.

These are the kind of cultural fights many in the gay community undertake which make little sense. The clown in the film kills far more than the gay characters. By this reasoning why is Pennywise not looked at as heterophobic? This balance of victimhood should be regarded as a positive, given that the clown is indiscriminate.  Homosexuality is presented as not being a motivation, and is therefore shown as a norm.

But not in the eyes of Out, which declares that this portrayal is indicative of contemporary mores. Says Dommu of Pennywise in this sequel: “He’s a homophobe. Trump’s America strikes again!” Seriously, with this…

To explain (since it clearly needs correction) to call the clown in this film “surprisingly anti-queer” ignores a central fact of the story. The scenes are pulled from the original Stephen King novel, which was published in 1986. How is this a surprise?! If this is such a shocking development in the LGTBQ+ community why has there been no outrage over the source material? Taken further, Donald Trump in no way was a motivator nor inspiration of this plot point over three decades ago.

This is the ridiculous lengths one needs to go to find outrage. The elements of murder, of attacks on children, and terrorizing of innocents are not looked at as problematic…yet perceived homophobia is crossing a line! But hey, I understand that I am not supposed to get it. I am just a person here wondering how it is deemed disappointing that a homicidal clown that consumes the hearts of its victims can no longer be looked at as a role model. I hope the community can pull through this loss of an icon.

The post Some in the LGBTQ+ Community are Calling Pennywise Homophobic, Upset He is Not a Good Role Model? appeared first on RedState.

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The RedState Box Office Report — Strictly Clowning Around

Westlake Legal Group it-620x348 The RedState Box Office Report — Strictly Clowning Around Popular Culture Movies it Hollywood Gerard Butler Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment box office report Allow Media Exception

An anticipated sequel floats well above the competition.

A sign of an impending blockbuster is the other studios getting out of the way and avoiding a major release. No other big titles were released in the past couple of weeks with the arrival this weekend of a major horror sequel and the players were wise in the decision. Apart from the top movie no other title earned money even in the double-digits.

So here is our off-ramp into the fall season with the first arrival of a major title. In a couple of weeks more notables will arrive, but in the meantime get the greasepaint out.

1.  IT: CHAPTER TWO – $92.0 Million
The numbers here are really only slightly off from the performance of the first film, so no complaints at all are being heard from New Line/Warner Brothers. There were hints at this one landing near the $100 million mark, but just shy is just fine. This performance still stands as second-best in a number of categories that were topped by the shocking performance of the first film. The real surprise in all of this is that the studios did not expand this version into a “Chapter 3”. Part of the reason this total is lower is the number of possible screenings was truncated by the two hour-fifty minute showing. A trimmed run time would have made for more screenings and allowed for an additional release. Also considering the budget here was double that of the original ($79 million versus $35 million) the costs would have been evened out and profits greater. But then, I’m not studio boss.

2. ANGEL HAS FALLEN – $6.0m
The fun action thriller from Gerard Butler has crossed over $50 million. This second sequel is on track to perform better than “London Has Fallen”.

3. GOOD BOYS – $5.39m
This surprise comedy hit continues to linger near the top. There is not as much money to be had these days but the lads are still gathering some cash.

4.  THE LION KING – $4.2m
The undisputed king of the summer is still around. At this stage it is the 13th highest earner ever, in North America, and globally the film has hauled in 1.6 billion to stand as 7th-highest all time.

5.  OVERCOMER – $3.75m
The small faith-based film for Sony/Affirm is continuing to defy the soft projections. To date it has earned $25 million on just a $5 million production budget.

6.  HOBBS & SHAW – $3.72m
Now has taken in over $700 million globally, and in the U.S. it is fifth in the Fast & the Furious franchise.

7.  THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – $2.27m
This Shia LaBeouf arthouse release about a young man with Downs Syndrome who travels on an adventure has been out five weeks and expanding gradually. It enters the top-10 in a softened field for the first time as it now plays on over 1,300 screens.

8.  SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK – $2.26m
The Lionsgate release has been a decent hit as it has earned more than the “Dora The Explorer” film, which opened the same week with double the budget.

9.  READY OR NOT – $2.23m
A class warfare satire packaged in a horror film this has been managing to grind out a respectable return of 4225 million on its meager 46 million budget. Critics and audiences have favored this, just not to the levels you would like to see for that much affection.

10.  DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD – $2.17m
Another indicator of how poorly this has performed is that it opened on 1,500 more screens than “Scary Stories”, and now is playing on 300 fewer screens.

The post The RedState Box Office Report — Strictly Clowning Around appeared first on RedState.

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