CATEGORIES Drama, Romance, Celebrities and Controversy, Newsstand, Politics, Movie News, CinematicalI'm sure you all remember our report a few days ago about GLAAD's outrage over critic Gene Shalit's Today Show characterization of Brokeback Mountain's Jack Twist as a "sexual predator." Despite the fact that Shalit's very own, very gay son defended both his father and his words in a letter to GLAAD ("It is precisely because my dad is not homophobic that he felt free to criticize the movie as he saw it."), Shalit himself wrote the organization a very different letter.
In the letter, which reached GLAAD yesterday, Shalit both apologized for his choice of words, and also asked that the organization correct its website assertion that the goal of his review had been to "promote defamatory anti-gay prejudice to a national audience." His letter ends this way: "I certainly had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone in the gay community or on the community itself. I regret any emotional hurt that may have resulted from my review of Brokeback Mountain." To GLAAD's credit, they ask the visitors to their website to email Shalit and thank him for his clarification. Whew. I was so worried - thank goodness everybody made up.