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Top Five is homophobic and not worthy of a screenplay nomination

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  • VanHeflin
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    #170493

    There’s been some talk and push for a best original screenplay nomination. This should not happen. A vote for this film is a vote for hate.

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    TomHardys
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    #170495

    Care to explain? I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t intend to.

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    VanHeflin
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    I don’t have all the quotes but there are a lot of homophobic jokes. Rock was confronted by NPR about it and was kind of mute about the topic.

    Anyone know what NPR show that was?   

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    manakamana
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    I don’t think it was homophobic at all. There was one closeted guy who also just happened to be an asshole. I think it did an okay job at making the two things separate issues (Rock’s character even sort of defends him). I don’t remember much else being homophobic, and I’m usually pretty attuned about these things? 

    Unless you’re also referring to the Cedric the Entertainer orgy scene, which was played to be gross. But that had more to do with Cedric the Entertainer and his character being gross. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I don’t think it was homophobic at all. There was one closeted guy who also just happened to be an asshole. I think it did an okay job at making the two things separate issues (Rock’s character even sort of defends him). I don’t remember much else being homophobic, and I’m usually pretty attuned about these things? 

    Unless you’re also referring to the Cedric the Entertainer orgy scene, which was played to be gross. But that had more to do with Cedric the Entertainer and his character being gross. 

    I agree with all of this. I didn’t get a sense of anything homophobic.

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    Tye-Grr
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    P.S.- I like the film, has some very funny moments, but it’s not really worth an original screenplay nomination regardless.

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    Ryan2012
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    #170500

    Why in the world should that make it ineligible for an award or nomination? It’s a movie telling a story and there are people out there that are homophobic. End of discussion.

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    vinny
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    I kinda have a feeling it won’t get nominated and kinda have no intention of seeing it anayways but I wouldn’t worry too much about its Oscar chances. That catagory is stacked without it.

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    benbraddock
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    #170502

    TOP 5 NOMINATED???  are we joking??
    Chris Rocks film is not only homophobic but racist..
    I regret sitting thru this trash…

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    Top Five is not a contender at all. It certainly is a commercial play for a film festival entry and nothing more.

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    helmetz
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    Sigh.  Can we take this down a notch?  There’s a big difference between a clumsily-told gay storyline and homophobia.  Looking back on the entirety of Chris Rock’s career, do you really think he has an inordinate fear of gay people, resulting in hatred?  After following his career for the last 24 years, I for one can’t spot any phobia in his comedy.  Criticism, yes, but phobia, no.

    Is the gay storyline in “Top Five” progressive?  Hardly.  But neither is it when dealing with several of the other hot-button topics in the film.  Is it at least well written?  Not really  — the reveal isn’t properly set up, so the payoff, lame as it is, doesn’t work.  And that’s why it doesn’t deserve an Oscar nomination. 

    When “Homophobia!” is dragged out after every slight (real or imagined), we’re not doing ourselves any favors.  Let’s save it for the real bigots out there. 

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