This time it’s not about Looking, but rather the negative critical appraisal of Dallas Buyers Club. I have not seen DBC, so I cannot and will not speak to the merits of the movie. This post is solely about J. Bryan Lowder’s take on the movie’s critics. Having read his latest diatribe, I feel like Lowder ripped off the thesis of my post about Looking. (Not that I believe he reads this blog or has read that post.)
This is how he ends his screed:
And indeed, preferences are what we’re really talking about when we analyze the LGBTQ-related criticisms of DBC—preferences about who can tell certain stories, preferences for what makes a piece of art “count,” preferences for how certain types of people should look and act. My preference? For critics to stop pretending that these judgments are ideologically neutral or ethically self-evident, because they aren’t, and because the vision for queer art they suggest is cramped, boring, and exclusive. If that’s “progress,” I’d rather hang back here with Rayon.
Everything he attacks about the critics of Dallas Buyers Club is what he attacked about Looking. The hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness is absolutely stunning.