Friday, January 15, 2010

Know Your LGBT History - The Player's Club

The Player's Club (1998), written and directed by rapper Ice Cube, was vile.

I'm sorry but it's the only way I could put it.

It tells the story of a college student Diamond (Lisa Raye) who works her way through school by dancing at a strip club.

Her nemesis is another stripper named Ronnie.

Ronnie is a hateful, soulless, bleached blonde lesbian who talked Diamond into stripping in the first place. She also, in one scene, gets Diamond drunk and rapes her.

Now I had a debate with a good friend of mine who said that Ronnie's sexual orientation had nothing to do with her villainous qualities. I totally disagreed. Ronnie is a hateful individual who uses men for money and holds power over the women at the club like a pimp.

I certainly think that writer Ice Cube was trying to make a point about lesbians - that they aren't "real women" so they have to be monsters.

It is with trepidation that I post this scene because it also includes a nasty rape (Ronnie's brother rapes Diamond's cousin). It is highly misognystic in the fact that it takes place during a bachelor party where everyone hears what's going on and no one does a thing about it.

And one more thing about this rape scene. Ice Cube plays a character in the movie who sets up Diamond's cousin to be raped as a way of getting back at her for an earlier insult.

His character isn't punished. However, Ronnie is in a knockdown, drag out scene punctuated by a comment by Diamond at the end about how "it's bitches like you that make it harder for women like me."

You know a man had to write that mess:

Past Know Your LGBT History Posts:

Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

Know Your LGBT History - Welcome Home, Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Barney Miller

Know your lgbt history - The Jerry Springer Show

Know your lgbt history - Martin Lawrence and that 'gay guy' on his show

Know your lgbt history - The Ricki Lake Show

Know your lgbt history - Which Way Is Up

Know your lgbt history - Gays in Primetime Soaps

Know your lgbt history - Boys Beware

Know your lgbt history - The Boondocks

Know your lgbt history - Mannequin

Know your lgbt history - The Warriors

Know Your LGBT History - New York Undercover

Know Your LGBT History - Low Down Dirty Shame

Know Your LGBT History - Fortune and Men's Eyes

Know your lgbt history - California Suite

Know your lgbt history - Taxi (Elaine's Strange Triangle)

Know your lgbt history - Come Back Charleston Blue

Know your lgbt history - James Bond goes gay

Know your lgbt history - Windows

Know your lgbt history - To Wong Foo and Priscilla

Know your lgbt history - Blazing Saddles

Know your lgbt history - Sanford and Son

Know your lgbt history - In Living Color

Know your lgbt history - Cleopatra Jones and her lesbian drug lords

Know your lgbt history - Norman, Is That You?

Know your lgbt history - The 'Exotic' Adrian Street

Know your lgbt history - The Choirboys

Know your lgbt history - Eddie Murphy

Know your lgbt history - The Killing of Sister George

Know your lgbt history - Hanna-Barbera cartoons pushes the 'gay agenda

'Know your lgbt history - Cruising

Know your lgbt history - Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones

Know your lgbt history - I Got Da Hook Up

Know your lgbt history - Fright Night

Know your lgbt history - Flowers of Evil

The Jeffersons and the transgender community     

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A defense for Americans responsible for the Ugandan anti-gay bill and other Friday midday news briefs

All the bile that's fit to print - Robert Knight, who is not above using discredited Paul Cameron studies and intentionally distorting legitimate science himself, defends Lively and others responsible for the Ugandan anti-gay bill.

Couple walks out during anti-gay sermon - Bold stance from two gay men of color.

DC Court Rejects Anti-Marriage Equality Initiative - Harry Jackson gets smacked down again. Life is good.

We Got Anti-LGBT Hate From A Student Newspaper At Notre Dame - Ugly. Just plain ugly.

Clayton sacks teacher over alleged gay threat - A story nearly forgotten.

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Chelmsford threat demonstrates the need for GLSEN

One of the ugliest things about the attacks on Obama appointee Kevin Jennings was when they included further attacks on the organization Jennings founded, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.)

GLSEN received a large amount of flack during the attempts to get Jennings fired, particularly being accused of advocating that children read pornography.

The charge, of course, is ridiculous but count on hearing it again when the Day of Silence rolls around.

GLSEN addresses problems which our lgbt students face in schools across America, including the following story out of Chelmsford (which you will most likely not hear about on Fox News or via reading Big Government or Gateway Pundit):

Chelmsford police say they have identified a 15-year-old boy as the person who posted a threatening message on the social networking site

"At this time, it appears to be the senseless act by an individual who failed to recognized the serious consequences that may result from such a post," said Deputy Police Chief Scott Ubele in an e-mail.

According to Ubele, the investigation is continuing. The boy's name hasn't been released because of his age.

The page, which has since been taken down, is titled “kill all gay people yea,” and has Chelmsford High School students listed as guests. The event was listed as a group trip on Jan. 19 from 6:55 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. and lists “do you hate people that are gay and have a green car?” as a host.

Chelmsford High School Principal Anne O’Bryant said a student at the high school saw the page Wednesday night and immediately notified deans at the school. O’Bryant said, once she found out about it she immediately notified police.

“We just can’t take any chances,” she said, adding that she spoke with all high school faculty and addressed all students over the intercom Thursday morning. “There could be something there. We certainly addressed it with our staff and our students and told them there is no tolerance for this in our community.”

This isn't a joke, people. There is a huge problem here regarding homophobia in our nation's schools and we need organizations which can help us get  abreast of it (such as GLSEN) and not ignorant third parties (Big Government, Gateway Pundit, Linda Harvey, etc.) who will exploit and cloud people's minds with ignorance.

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