I am reminded of the bruhaha around "The Color Purple" --namely that
it was offensive in one quarter, yet not nominated for an Oscars at the
Academy Awards....
Someone mentioned (in another conference?) that Jaye Davidson is the
first cross-dresser to be 'honored' with a nomination.  Remeber
"Year of Living Dangerously"?  Linda Hunt won an award for best supporting
actress for her role as a male (dwarf).
Perhaps we are so eager to reward that which is seemingly well done,
but in reality is new/rare/fresh only to the textbook of exposure in
our $-driven cinema.  This type of story telling is not new -- just
new to our Western eyes...
Robert Johnson, Jr.
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