"My Policeman" the Movie and Cultural Appropriation, Ryan Field Books

 “My Policeman” the Movie and Cultural Appropriation

First of all, for those who don’t know, here’s a good definition of Cultural Appropriation. It’s short and it’s sweet. 

Cultural appropriation takes place when members of a majority group adopt cultural elements of a minority group.

This could include any small marginalized group of people. Years ago those with straight white privilege did this to Native Americans, and even Asian people. And NO ONE is more guilty of cultural appropriation than the movie industry. They continue to do it to gay men time and again. It’s also very prevalent in the book industry. As an openly gay author I’ve faced it all my life, on a firsthand basis. 

Not everyone does it. Some are too smart now. Recently, the wonderful Tom Hanks made a statement saying he’d never play gayface again.  

With that said, once you know what it means, it doesn’t take much to spot cultural appropriation. In this case it’s a movie geared toward a mainstream audience, with straight actors playing gayface. 

This particular article asks the question “is gay sex still taboo?” And I’m not even getting into that. I’m more concerned that is doesn’t question anything about the appropriation happening. The author completely ignores it. They even compare The Policeman to Billy Eichner’s Bros and that’s so blatantly unfair. Billy Eichner’s Bros was authentic gay content written and acted by gay men. It was not a majority group stealing gay culture, once again. 

I know many of you think “it’s only acting.” But the world has changed, openly gay men have voices now, and this goes much deeper. For one thing, thousands of openly gay actors missed getting the part for The Policeman. 

Here’s more. The article doesn’t talk about cultural appropriation, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. 


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