Here’s a recently uploaded video on YouTube that one of my friends on Facebook linked to today. It’s a rather sentimentalist attempt at engendering empathy, which comes from a desire to love and to understand. About the only positive comment I can make about this film is that it does reveal how some people may have felt when they discovered that they were living with same sex attraction in a world in which being a “fag” was inconceivable, or to “be gay” is considered a fate worse than death. (How much does that really happen today, however? I think much of that is in the past, which I think is a legitimate good that came out of Stonewall and the gay rights movement–both good and bad has come out of the movement, in my mind.) No doubt too many children have awoken to the realization that they are attracted to members of the same sex, and that awareness leads to tremendous inner turmoil, and the film tries to show this, albeit in a very caricatured way. The Church certainly needs to minister to the pain of these boys and girls in a more concrete way, but this sort of video I think is absurd, and ultimately doesn’t really help anyone, except to allow the persons who promote it on Facebook and elsewhere to feel a sense of self satisfaction about their own enlightened open mindedness.
Of course, where the film becomes absurd is when one asks the obvious question: where did everyone in the movie come from? Storks? Or has the world of this silly video always been “A Brave New World” in which children are created in Hatcheries? It’s sentimental drivel, resulting from a Glee-ified world.