Thursday, April 23, 2009

Statesman's Popkey in Gay Republican flick

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 5:29 PM

No, no, not THAT kind of gay Republican flick. This one is a documentary from Kirby Dick that opens Friday at the Tribeca Film Fest in New York.

It's called Outrage and it features interviews with Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, who spent months--perhaps years--investigating allegations that former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was gay, prior to Craig's arrest in the Minneapolis airport men's room in 2007.

The LA Times writes that Dick takes aim squarely at hypocritical votes by closeted gay Republicans.
Dick's world view is best expressed in the film by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of the few gay congressmen who has voluntarily come out of the closet, who says: "There is a right to privacy, there's no right to hypocrisy."
But he also takes aim at the media for not picking up on the hypocrisy angle. And his aim is long and, well, wide. According to one blogger who saw the film:
It's a well-packaged effort covering the Reagan years and the birth of the religious right to the present, wrapping up the stories of Idaho Senator Larry Craig, Virginia Rep. Ed Schrock, former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, Mark Foley, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign manager Ed Mehlman, former GOP National Field Director Dan Gurley, former Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe, former Louisiana congressman Jim McCrery, and current congressman David Dreier, into a tightly wound exposé of closeted D.C.
IndieWIRE also has a review. The film opens in four more cities on May 8. No word on when it's coming to Boise.


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