July 18, 2007, - 11:51 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve written that, so far, I think Rudy Giuliani will be the toughest President when it comes to Islamic terrorism. As I’ve written, his recent gushing over Michael “Serpenthead” Chertoff gives me pause. Still, I think Giuliani has shown in the past, with Yasser Arafat and with Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, that he has the cojones to do what’s needed.
But, like most conservatives, I have a lot of problems with Giuliani on other important issues. He has a bad track record on deporting illegal aliens and enforcing immigration laws. That’s an issue that is interwoven and inextricable from terrorism. And then there are his social issue positions. We know his views (from which he has not flip-flopped) on gay marriage, though while I oppose that, it’s not a deal-breaker for me in my vote for the White House.
Last night, I screened “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” (my complete review will be posted on Friday). Like many of my smart readers–notably Garbanzo Toons–predicted, the new Adam Sandler film–while a movie about two straight firemen, er . . . “firefighters” who fake a gay domestic partnership for pension benefits–is, in the end, a whopping 2-hour campaign ad for legalized gay marriage. The movie–which I thought I’d like (and hated)–is disgusting (far exceeding the paltry PG-13 rating; so many in-your-face men’s naked butts, I thought I was in Elton John’s hot tub). As I suspected in writing, the funniest moments are in the trailer, and overall, like most Sandler movies, this one is NOT funny (and, again, it’s repulsively disgusting; simply gross).
Yesterday, it was announced that among celebrities, only Giuliani got any star-studded cash. He got some green from Frasier’s Kelsey Grammar, and more notable, over two grand from “Chuck and Larry” star, Adam Sandler. I also noted in “Chuck & Larry,” that the New York City fire captain who oversees Chuck & Larry’s firehouse (played by Dan Ackroyd) brags that he worked for “the Great Mayor Giuliani,” as he delivers a monologue in favor of gay marriage and gay rights.
It was a little too in-your-face for me and a little too Giuliani-gay-marriage-in-your-face for me. Watching the movie, which has a lot of cross-dressing scenes and themes, reminded me of Rudy’s multiple cross-dressing incidents. I’m not saying he’s gay. With three wives, he’s hetero-serial. Still, the whole embrace of the gay culture and the in-your-face tutus and butterfly costumes was a little much. The many parents who brought their kids to the screening were a little too New York Times Square for my taste, a little too much enunciation of the “dark side” of Giuliani.
Will Rudy get away from all that as a President? I think and hope so. But movies and themes like these don’t help his cause in the conservative camp.
And we need to see a lot more Rudy counter-terror tough speak and a whole lot less “Chuck & Larry” tributes. Whatever your views on gay marriage, some of Giuliani’s get-ups (Marilyn Monroe, etc.) are simply unPresidential.
Most Americans don’t want–or need–a “Chuck & Larry” Presidency. We want a man who is serious on serious issues that are life and death for all of us–regardless of sexual preference.
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