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  •  Milk and Obama (0+ / 0-)

    Near the middle of the movie, Milk started talking about hope. I thought, Wow, Milk was the original Obama.
    But then as I watched more of the movie, I felt that Milk was not Obama. Milk seemed like an advocate for gays, and not for everyone. I don't think that would make him a very good politician. What if you lived in his district and you weren't gay.
    Obama showed very early that he would be an advocate for all Americans, not just black Americans.

    •  wrong. (9+ / 0-)

      On being interviewed the night of the election, Milk was asked this question about whether he is going to be a one-issue politician.  He specifically states he was elected to represent everyone.  Beyond words, he spent a great deal of effort working with labor unions and standing up for the rights of senior citizens.  He represented those who needed representation.

      "The only way Democrats will win elections is if we stand up for what we believe in" ~ Howard Dean

      by the awful truth on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 11:17:29 AM PST

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      •  I thought that was a major flaw in the movie (0+ / 0-)

        Van Sant DID make him seem like a one note politician, when if fact he had a great sense of social justice across the board.  The movie made it seem like he USED seniors and unions to get elected.  Where were the scenes of him with any seniors?  

        •  In the comments above (0+ / 0-)

          Scarce has a clip of "Times of Harvey Milk" and ari posts a link to Hulu where you can watch the entire thing.  The documentary goes into much more detail about these issues.  With the dramatic release, there is only so much time to work with, and there was more focus and time spent on the love story than this portion of the political aspect (no opinion one way or the other - maybe this was to given the dramatic release a broader appeal than a documentary feel).  But I would highly recommend Times of Harvey Milk if you are interested in more depth of the political side.

          "The only way Democrats will win elections is if we stand up for what we believe in" ~ Howard Dean

          by the awful truth on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 11:58:12 AM PST

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      •  But you see (4+ / 0-)

        if a gay politician talks about gay rights, they are automatically one-note politicians.  He was shown working with labor to attack Coors.  He talked about senior issues.  The "dog shit" stunt and bill was one of those "quality of life" issues for the city that he was portrayed bringing up.

        But, he did talk about being part of a movment, and about being he's one-note.

        I am a revolting homosexual!

        by MAJeff on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 12:01:22 PM PST

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    •  wow. i know you know better than to do this (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      lirtydies, Dallasdoc

      but i guess you couldn't resist, could you?

      do your homework, see the film again, pay attention and this time you'll note that your "assessment" is hollow and really just stated here to be inflammatory.


      I only use my evil powers for good

      -9.75 (e), -7.18 (s)

      by dadanation on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 04:49:22 PM PST

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