Some serious shit went down at Tropfest 2013 last night. It had to do with the winner and I think it needs to be discussed.
Tropfest is a short film festival held every year and it sees thousands of cool, film-type people gather to celebrate art, film making and generally being creatively superior to everyone else.
Loads of people enter short films and a winner is crowned, celebrated and bequeathed wonderful gifts. We’re talking $10K, a new car, a trip to LA to whore themselves and excellent new filming equipment. Plus the bragging rights of being the winner of the Tropfest and possibly those little palm leaf indie film wreath things on their next movie poster.
A film called “Bamboozled” made by actor and film maker Matt Hardie won last night and plenty of people are pissed off about that and to be perfectly honest, I am one of them.
Here’s the video. Don’t read on until you’ve watched this:
If you can’t watch the film, here is the basic plot line: Dude runs into another dude at a bus stop that turns out to be his ex-girlfriend who has had a sex change. The ex-girlfriend casually mentions how he made the transition: “It completely took my by surprise! I just woke up one day and thought stuff it, lets do it; so I went out and had the operation took all the hormones and YEAH!”.
They then go and have a drink, things escalate and they end waking up next to each other nude.
Then a TV host busts into the room and yells: “You’ve been Bamboozled” and explains to the main dude that he has been a part of a candid camera type situation set up by his disgruntled ex girlfriend.
That the man in bed next to him is a stranger who essentially got him drunk and had sex with him to pay him back for telling people his real ex-girlfriend had given him a hand job in public. Sentiments of “Ha ha you had sex with another man how terrible, you were totally tricked into nakedness with another man jokes on you” play out and then we see his hairy arse – The End.
In 2013, making a film and using a man having sex with another man as your central punch line is an archaic, narrow minded and homophobic thing to do.
Having the climax of your film revolve around shaming a man for sleeping with another man as punishment for being a dick to his ex-girlfriend is also an archaic, narrow minded and a homophobic thing to do.