Thursday, April 15, 2010
Heterosexuals and Queer Kissing
Reading Charles Morris’s and John Sloop’s lengthy article on queer public kissing, one passage in particular caught my attention. At the beginning of the article they cited a scene from Dude, Where’s My Car? where the main characters played by Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott engage in an open-mouth kiss without showing the slightest bit of hesitation or disgust. Queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce claims that this kiss did “more to advance the cause of homosexuality than 25 years of gay activism.” But what is the significance of the two being heterosexual? In class today, we discussed a Snickers commercial where two men accidentally kiss and are disgusted afterward and are compelled to “do something manly” to prove they’re not gay. We saw this as poking fun at homophobic people, but what’s wrong with two heterosexual men not desiring to partake in homosexual activity? The scene in Dude, Where’s My Car? has the men express no disgust at their queer kiss, but why did they not use homosexual men to do this? Could it be because the characters were stoned? Or the need to mimic the other characters, Fabio and his girlfriend, exactly? Or, it could be the time period of when the movie was filmed and the attitudes towards queer public kissing at that time. Viewers probably would have responded adversely to a scene of two gay men kissing, but since they knew that the Kutcher’s and Scott’s characters were straight, they would not have been as offended. This way, the pro-queer kissing sentiment is conveyed with minimal backlash.