49: Actor Heath Ledger Dead At 28
Posted by ridor9th on January 24, 2008
Don’t you love Matt Drudge and Perez Hilton?!
It was from Perez and Matt that I learned of my beau, Heath Ledger’s death. Nah, not my beau, but Hell, I can fantasize. Heath is one of several men that I’d love to own in my bedroom. However, it appears that his death is just another case of Anna Nicole Smith. His death is tragic. I personally liked his performances in several films including The Patriot, Monster’s Ball and needless to say, Brokeback Mountain!
I was blown away with Heath’s performance in Brokeback Mountain as a deeply closeted gay cowboy who eventually lost his love mainly because he did not acknowledge nor come out — if he came out, his lover would be still alive. Whatever! But Heath was fantastic. Initially, I was skeptical about him portraying a closeted gay character but by God, he did a great job!
Heath was daring, bold and gifted actor. Bold?
For many years, it was common knowledge in Hollywood industry that whenever you play the role of gay or lesbian character, it will finish your acting career. They even had many agents warning their clients not to take gay/lesbian characters because they knew it’d alienate these Xian fools, hence threatening their acting careers.
Many actors in Hollywood are gay but they refuse to assume the role of gay characters because they wanted to … be like Tom Cruise (That is to make $$, by the way! And the rumors about Tom Cruise being gay is legendary in Hollywood and I believe these rumors, by the way!) to an extent. Hence, who has the balls to portray gay and lesbian characters?
Guys like Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gale Harold, Hal Sparks and Eric McCormack took the roles and shattered the mentality of “sexual perversion”. Prior to these gentlemen taking gay-themed roles/films, many gay actors concealed their orientation and declined to play any character that might deem them as gay mainly because they knew that the society would sneer and the film industry would drop these actors so fast. That’s how it used to work in Hollywood.
Good example? Rock Hudson. Self-explanatory.
But today, it is cool to be gay to a point where more and more gay men are willing to assume the gay characters. It indicates one thing: The American society is changing to accept gays despite the criticism of people like JuneAnn Lefors, Fred Phelps and Tom Dobson.
Speaking of Fred Phelps, he announces that his group will picket at the funeral of Heath Ledger and celebrate the fact that Heath is rotting in Hell.
Disgusting. Sounds like McConnell and Fatterson, is it? I sincerely hope that someone will hold a huge festival to celebrate the death of Fred Phelps when time comes. After all, he’s very old. He could go anytime, really. If that is the case, I probably will have a couple of Martinis to mock his life and death. One good thing about this case, in a thousand years, people will remember Heath. But not Fred.
But I got the whole entry off the point. Time to get back on the issue — why am I talking about Heath Ledger and his relevance to Deaf actors?
Nothing irritated me the most when these ignorant hearies attacked Deaf people who protested, criticized or balked at the film industry for hiring hearing actors to act as Deaf characters. They would say, “Heath is straight! He portrayed as gay! So can hearing actors doing Deaf characters!”
That is comparing the apples with oranges, fools.
Remember last year when I wrote about NBC’s Bionic Woman? They had a brief trailer showing a hearing actress impersonating as deaf character and her ASL signs were hilarious, hysterical and impossible to understand. I mentioned this on RidorLIVE.com and after dealing with the mini-uproar regarding the hearing woman acting as Deaf character, NBC clandestinely scraped the deaf character off from its show. Good riddance.
This prompted hearie-wannabe Whale Fatterson to claim that by protesting things like that, Deaf people are shooting themselves in their feet — thus, we should allow Hollywood to impersonate Deaf characters. What? His comments aren’t the first nor the last — it is typical of hearies-sympathizers who would appease and try to pant like dogs waiting for scraps to fall off the plate so they can pick up whatever is left on the floor!
Do us a favor, Whale — eat a bag of Hershey’s Chocolate Bars tonight before you hit the sack.
Barb DiGiovanni — one of my few favorite vloggers out there (Many deaf vloggers tend to rant, rant and rant and that is not cool to me!) — had a scathing entry regarding the documentary film by Eli Steele along with her famous vlog which was taken off after Eli Steele threatens to sue her for copyright infringement. However, you can read her entry at this link. Basically, Eli Steele hired a hearing actor to impersonate as Deaf character in his film. Barb had to absorb such offensive and lame-assed comments by others blasting her of criticizing Eli Steele’s documentary film.
Even worse, one Deaf individual, Steve Baier had the audacity to scold Barb that she should get in touch with the director of the film before writing an entry. What? This is absurd. If you don’t like Star Wars, you don’t get in touch with George Lucas. Again, Baier was, is and will be always stupid.
The whole point is that the deaf-related films are rare in Hollywood, mainly because they do not make money. The painful truth is that the term, ‘Deaf’, to the society is not positive. Thanks to these hearies who has portrayed us in bad light for centuries, being Deaf will not get you million of dollars in Hollywood. African-Americans fought and broke through this in the past — today, sometimes being African-Americans can bring millions of dollars to their films. Just pop Denzel Washington or Will Smith in any film, people will go.
Why do you think Marlee Matlin has been telling everyone else in Hollywood industry that it is OK to be Deaf. It is GOOD to be Deaf. There is nothing wrong with being Deaf. She was doing something for us, you know? She is pushing for a positive outlook that may ultimately put any Deaf actor to assume the major leading role in any film someday. By telliing people that it is good to be Deaf, she is cultivating the soil and soon, the plants shall prosper.
As of now, an opportunity to act as Deaf character in any deaf-related film, Deaf actors wanted an opportunity to grab their chances … they are likely to be dashed by the fact that the producers prefer to yowl with their own rather than to hire a deaf individual. That is legitimate issue that has nothing to do with comparing gays.
You see, gay actors in the past avoids gay characters. Deaf actors wanted Deaf characters. Hearing actors can pick up any roles that fell on Interstate 5 but Deaf actors? They had to dig deeper than ExxonMobil folks can do for oil!
That is major difference, folks. Hearies simply does not have a logic nor legitimate points in telling us that hearing actors can act as Deaf characters. They fail miserably in that area for decades.
These unmitigated fools like Fatterson, McConnell, Paotie and Baier can kiss my hairy ass when I continue to criticize anyone else that attempts to hire a hearing actor to portray as Deaf character, capisce? On second thought, I don’t want them to kiss my ass — they’re gross to look at — I prefer Heath or Colin Farrell — hell, give me Chris Pontius, too!
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