GLAAD’s Got A Nice Shakedown Scheme

So Kevin Smith goes on and on like the Energizer Bunny on his web site because the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation didn’t like his latest film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and intend to protest it. Smith complains that GLAAD doesn’t get the satirical nature of the film, etc.

But I lost all my sympathy for Smith when I reached this paragraph,

Anyway, I told Scott all of this during the course of our conversation, and asked what we could do to allay his (and GLAAD’s) fears. He said he’d be asking Miramax to make a substantial donation to the Matthew Shepherd Foundation (Matthew Shepherd is the Wyoming student who was beaten to death for being gay in one of the worst hate crimes in recent memory; the Foundation’s aim is to educate the public on the dangers of homophobia). I said I’d be happy to make a donation as well, as it’s a great cause, and one I believe in strongly. He asked how much I’d like to donate. I queried how much he intended to seek from Miramax. He said two hundred grand. I admitted I don’t have pockets as deep as Miramax. He suggested I donate ten grand, and I said “Done.”

Bad enough, but then Smith goes on to whine that after making his donation, GLAAD and the media are claiming, as Smith puts it, that “by giving ten thousand dollars to this worthy cause, I’m essentially saying “I’m sorry I made some gay jokes.” Duh!

What’s the point of doing something if you have so little faith in it that you’re willing to pay $10,000 to people who would just as soon shut down your work? I don’t remember Martin Scorsese offering to pay off Christians for the alleged slights in The Last Temptation of Christ.

And then to think the donation is not going to be portrayed as evidence of a guilty conscience? Give me a break. If a character like that existed in one of Smith’s movies he’d be portrayed as a naive buffoon.

Gee, I sure hope there isn’t anything politically incorrect in Smith’s Green Arrow gig.

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