Sunday, 15 November 2015

Todd Haynes: Das Kapital

“What’s funny is how much of the conforming has come from within the gay community itself,” he says. “It’s part and parcel of the tremendous, almost unimaginable legislative advancements we’ve made. I’m not married myself, but I support gay marriage, gays in the military, all that. But those are the last places. When we were in our activist years, when the government was just allowing people to die from Aids, our understanding of the threat that marginal lives imposed on dominant lives was a tool for exposing the hypocrisy of the status quo, let alone [the government’s] heartlessness and neglect. Now, for the most part, everyone’s new favourite topic is how much they all love gays and lesbians, and transgender people are the trend.” ...

“Well, for the little kid, the teenager coming out, that’s great. It’s essential. But there are things we have traded in for that as well. Where is the outside now? Who stands beyond capitalism? Who is questioning corporate culture? The market has won. It accepts gay and lesbian lives because those people can spend money like anyone else. It is issues of poverty and race than need attention now, because they can’t spend the money.”

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