Skip to comments.'Brokeback Mountain' spurs culture of gay cowboy jokes
Posted on 01/31/2006 3:48:15 PM PST by WestTexasWend
Heard any good Brokeback jokes lately?
No? Heres one courtesy of Jay Leno:
A movie theater in Utah abruptly canceled a screening of the movie Brokeback Mountain, Leno said in a recent Tonight Show monologue. They felt it was inappropriate for the community standards.
Instead, they ran Deliverance.
Ba-dum-dum. But seriously, folks...
The gay cowboy romance-tragedy, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as lovers Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, has become the office water-cooler topic of the moment.
The Internet is full of Brokeback jokes, some funny, some just crude. Last week, USA Today ran a lengthy story on its Life front addressing the phenomenon.
Against all odds, a Western romance about two men...has corralled the cultural zeitgeist, making it safe for our national funny bone to come out of the closet, wrote USA Todays Susan Wloszcyna.
The buzz extends from office e-mails with the inevitable tag line I wish I knew how to quit you the movies signature phrase all the way to the highest corridor of power, the Oval Office.
At a question-and-answer session recently, President Bush was asked whether hed seen the movie.
An awkward grin spread across the presidents face. He finally allowed that while hed be glad to talk about ranching, he hadnt seen Brokeback Mountain.
But you could tell hed heard about it.
The film, which has been gradually opening in theaters across the country, debuted in Fayetteville on Friday.
The R-rated movie is showing at the Market Fair 15 and Cameo Art House Theatre, where it drew good weekend crowds.
Nationally, the movie ranked No. 6 with more than $6 million in box-office proceeds last week, bringing its two-month take to about $50 million. Not bad for a movie that cost an estimated $14 million to make, according to press reports.
The movie has already won four Golden Globe awards, and Oscar recognition seems certain. Ledger, in particular, has been singled out for praise for his devastating portrayal of an inarticulate man struggling with his sexual identity.
But still, the jokes persist...
David Letterman listed his Top 10 Signs You are a Gay Cowboy. Number 5: Native Americans refer to you as Dances With Men.
On Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin and Will Forte played gay prospectors in a spoof called Brokeback Goldmine.
Brokeback Squadron, an online spoof making the rounds, features a character modeled after Tom Cruise in Top Gun making goo-goo eyes at his studly wingman.
The movies poster, which depicts the two cowboy-hatted characters in a pensive pose, has been the subject of any number of take-offs. One depicts indicted Congressman Tom DeLay and corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff over the caption, Kickback Mountain.
In the USA Today story, gay actor and writer Bruce Vilanch called the movie an irresistible target for parody.
Not only is it the first mainstream gay love story in a long time, its between two cowboys, Vilanch said. What greater American icons are there than gay men and cowboys? When you mix the two, its a stereotype too good to pass by.
So we can expect the nudge-nudge, wink-wink jokes to continue, at least until the phenomenon passes and Brokeback jokes become as dated as disco.
Until then, stay tuned for the inevitable Brokeback Mountain Valentines Day cards (Ill never quit you, etc., etc.), jokes about sequels (Brokeback II: Return to the Mountain) and, come Halloween, Brokeback cowboy costumes (Are you going as Jack or Ennis?).
After which point, I wish I knew how to quit you will mercifully pass into the memory banks of movie history, residing forever alongside Show me the money and Life is like a box of chocolates.
Gone, but never forgotten.
Like Broke Ass Mountain?
Two Hollyweird actors having gay sex while pretending to be sheep herders is a Democrat fundraising event...not a Western romance.
As far as I'm concerned, "Buttcrack Mountain" is both gone and forgotten.
how do you know if you're at a brokeback mountain barbeque?
all the hot dogs taste like sh@t.
I imagine that the good jokes aren't fit for print :)
A friend sent me the 'Brokeback Top Gun' video --- actually, it's clips from the film arranged in a way that makes it look rather Brokebackish.
It's turkey time.
I read that and all the air left my lungs. All at once.
I hate to tell them this, but they are laughing AT them not WITH them.
This from my hometown liberal rag. Although I do like Rodger's column. Hes a lib but a heck of a nice guy.
quit poking fun
For the sequel, they can save money by only signing one of the actors and having him fall in love with one of his sheep (who will have to play hard-to-get and have a long-term relationship with a sexy ewe from the next mountain over.....)
Would a gay illegal be called a Broke-Wetback or a Wet-Brokeback???
Brokeback mountain is this decades "Deep Throat".
And all that that implies...
I hear that the good guys get it in the end.
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