One of its latest videos is a poetic look a modern day homophobia. The poem explores things many gay people will know if they show public displays of affection. Time For Love explores homophobia in modern society, and also the concept of normality. Do the pressures of convention turn us against one another?
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If Halloween is approaching, that means it's practically Christmas at Hallmark Channel, which released its slate of holiday-centric movies and special TV episodes on Wednesday. On the other hand, there's at least one big addition this year: an LGBTQ holiday film for the channel. The film focuses on a gay couple looking to adopt their first child and airs on Sunday, Nov. In real life, Bennett is also in a committed same-sex partnership; he recently posted on Instagram that he bought a house with his partner, Jaymes Vaughan. This appears to be the first time Hallmark has made a same-sex couple the main characters in a Christmas film, however, not everyone is happy about the inclusion.
The film has also garnered some "straightwash" pushback — the accusation that the movie diluted its gay source material to make itself more palatable to straight audiences — as the conversation about this film falling into a Hollywood trend of preferring to cast straight actors in prominent LGB roles is slowly gaining momentum. This is a new manifestation of an old story — critically-lauded LGB-themed films of past few years like Moonlight and Carol also starred straight actors. To convince Hollywood executives and casting directors that LGB-themed films with LGB actors playing LGB roles can be critically and commercially successful across wide audiences, entertainment insiders and consumers alike can use their money, influence and social media platforms to support, promote, and elevate LGB-inclusive content, while using those same resources to push back against content they find exclusionary.
Quietly, gently, "My Brother Nikhil" has tested the limits of the Indian cinemagoer's sensibility. Commercially, it is no runaway Bollywood blockbuster; nor is it meant to be. Rather, its impact lies in having served up a story about love and loss -- sentimental staples of contemporary Indian cinema -- with a gay man at its center, and having done so without kicking up the slightest fuss from India's cultural conservatives.