I had to justify to Tiff why I didn’t want to watch Brokeback Mountain with her: I don’t have anything against gay people. I just don’t like long emotional Oscar-bait romance films. Or cowboy movies. But I had to make sure I could relate my reasons for not wanting to watch it in a way that couldn’t possibly be construed as homophobia or discrimination. Even writing this here, publicly, probably isn’t a good idea.
I still feel guilty for not liking it. It’s like emotional affirmative action. I feel like I should give a gay romance film more of a chance than I’d give a straight one.