Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Religious Right outraged by Oscars

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I must admit this didn't occur to me at the time, but in hindisght I'm not surprised to hear that Sunday's Academy Awards were the target of pickets from the Westboro Baptist Church and general outrage from the US Religious Right, as Sean Penn walked away with Best Actor for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official who was assassinated in 1978.

Westboro gathered outside the Oscars to protest against Penn, Heath Ledger (they claim the late actor deserved his tragic death because of his portrayal of a gay man in Brokeback Mountain) and, more generally, "the perverts of Hollywood".

They were joined in their anger (though not their pickets) by other conservative voices, including the website WorldNetDaily (host of Chuck Norris's weekly column), which declared “Oscars turn into blatant homosex-fest”, Focus on the Family, a host of bloggers and the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty Counsel, which seemed to endorse the Westboro Baptist Church's activities, saying “[Sean Penn] was protesting against those people who were out front who were picketing in favor of traditional family values.”

[Thanks Christina]