Saturday, February 04, 2006

Gay Cowboys

I was watching the old movie Tombstone last weekend and noticed something I hadn't before. Buried down among some secondary characters there are pretty explicit hints of a homosexual relationship. Jason Priestley's character Deputy Breckinridge becomes smitten with traveling actor Mr. Fabian as portrayed by Billy Zane. We get this view just from looks and smiles but it's clear this isn't simple brotherly love. The point it brought home near the end of the film when Breckenridge breaks down upon seeing the dead body of Fabien. It's not the same kissing and hugging that has people all uncomfortable about Brokeback Mountain but it's gay cowboys western characters, nonetheless.
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