Saturday, May 23, 2009

Re: The Controversial Practice Of 'Outing'

Originally intended for publication on May 10th.

There is a new documentary being released by Magnolia Pictures called "Outrage". The film's official website provides the synopsis:
Academy Award nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) delivers a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. OUTRAGE boldly reveals the hidden lives of some of our nation’s most powerful policymakers, details the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media's complicity in keeping their secrets.
And after viewing this news interview, I started debating what my views were on the issue of 'outing'. I'll admit, there was a point in my life where I considered outing a former friend of mine to his parents. Did I ultimately decide against do so? Yes. I am personally opposed to outing anyone, because I think that that is a personal experience that the individual needs to make by his or her own choosing. However, a line can be drawn, I believe, where outing someone is absolutely necessary. This is the subject of the documentary.

Let's look at it this way: a politician actively and aggressively pursues legislation that would discriminate against homosexuals. This can include any and every thing. Whilst at the same time, he is choosing to engage in homosexual acts. Should this politician still retain the right to privacy? In my own view, I think not. Your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your view, simply for the fact that their actions and 'right to privacy' effect the entire nation. They shouldn't be making decisions that ultimately hurt the very persons they are themselves...very hypocritical and pathetic.
    Did that make sense?