Ho Ho Homophobia

There’s nothing like a little homophobia to start off the holiday season.

On the surface, La Cage aux Folles looks like it’s promoting inclusivity, but my sense is that it is also ridicules homosexuality. The relationship between the central gay characters, Georges and Albin, is a grotesque reflection of heterosexual marriage. Even when I saw the French-Italian film in 1978, I thought: “What year is this? 1958?”  And, when Albin is taught to butch it up, a big part of the joke is that he’s effeminate.

I used to think that I was the only person in the world who reacted to this material so negatively, but I ran into a straight male actor the other night who had exactly the same response, bless him.

All of that said, Greg Armstrong-Moriss is terrific as Albin. The guy’s got a sweet, sweet voice and amazing technical control.

Check out the full online review here: http://www.straight.com/article-555656/vancouver/star-born-la-cage-aux-folles

About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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