More on Brokeback Mountain and Larry Miller

A commenter on my blog, Jeanette “Jett” Atwood, wrote this:

“I’m not surprised that you single out Larry H Miller on the whole “Brokeback Mountain” controversy, but there are a few things you might consider.

While Larry DOES indeed own the Megaplex Theatre he has nothing to do with scheduling films on the roster. With all his dealerships and the Jazz…he’s got other things to do.

It was a stupid last minute decision from one of the managers at Jordan Commons to pull the film…and it only came to light because newspapers had already gone to press with the show times. The scuttlebutt from inside the Megaplex theatres is that said manager got a severe dressing down from Larry and the whole thing has been enormously blown out of proportion.

As for the show being banned in Utah, that’s just silly. It’s playing to sold out audiences at the Broadway, the Cinemark and the Cineplex. So 3 chains are showing it instead of 4. Big fat hairy deal.”

Fair ’nuff Jett, but if this is true, why isn’t Larry saying anything about it? And if it was not HIS decision, why is he not rectifying it? In fact, Larry Miller REFUSES to go on the record about this at ALL.

He shoved away the microphone of KSL’s radio reporter Ben Winslow in an interview when he was asked to comment on his refusal to show Brokeback Mountain at Jordan Commons. He said, “I’ve explained it all!!!”

Uh, when? WHEN did you explain this and to whom? I watched the clip of Miller shoving away the microphone, and he was very, very angry. And he did no explaining then, and no explaining now, and that alone has left people having to choose sides.

All we have is Larry Miller’s theatre pulling the film and following it with NO COMMENT. Then we have Gayle Ruzicka fondly embracing him as her “hero” (Oh, that just gives me the heebie jeebies, the idea of Gayle warmly embracing anything.)  

If it was someone else’s decision, as a businessman, Larry should have rectified it, or at the least, explained it. And he hasn’t.

So while your explanation is plausible, I don’t see the facts supporting it. 

Singling him out? It’s his theatre, and ultimately, his decision what does and doesn’t run in it. And it’s interesting how Larry pulled the movie AFTER a radio reporter asked him about the decision to AIR it. If it really was someone else’s decision, how odd is that coincidence? Up until that point, Larry apparently had NO idea what the movie was even about, or that it was controversial. Then immediately after it gets pulled.

And I never said the show got banned in Utah. It IS showing elsewhere in the state, and doing quite well. But Larry’s decision just enforced the outside world’s outlook on Utah Mormons (that one’s for you, Kris!) as uptight, conservative, self-righteous homophobes.

If that bothers him, he needs to speak up now and explain. Or he’s just going to be stuck with the label, and Gayle Ruzicka, clinging to his leg. Yuck.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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7 Responses to More on Brokeback Mountain and Larry Miller

  1. Kris says:




  2. Del says:

    Too many Utah Mormons, especially if they have a lot of money, think God has blessed them because of their “righteosness”.
    I wonder if their “calling and election” has been made sure?
    Also, I appreciate Kris’s refreshing, thinking-Mormon, woman’s perspective.
    One last thing, Utah has some great Micro-Brews!


  3. Cele says:

    I live in small town Oregon – I’ve so looked forward to seeing this film. I’m probably going to have to go to Eugene just to see Brokeback Mountain.
    They must assume too many old foegy (how do you spell foogy?) moved here to die Californians would be upset. I love where I live, but several things seem to have been poo pooed in hopes of wooing more (apparently) dying people to move here –
    spice on your food, children, paying jobs, and controversial movies.

    It doesn’t just happen in Utah. And it is just as aggreviating. Now being a person who should be media wize Mr. Miller knows how to deal with the press, has dealt with the press successfully over the years, and knows by now that no comment is an apparent admission of guilt to all who hear it.


  4. Suyo says:

    Larry “Millionaire” Miller needs to go get some anger management. He has done a lot for the state of Utahahaha. Besides that there are much bigger things in this world to put on the news. In the big picture of life Larry Miller and GAYle Ruzika are like brine shrimp.


  5. Sideon says:

    That was one image I didn’t need burning into my retinas… Gayle Ruzicka clinging to Larry Miller’s leg!

    This site rocks.


  6. T-rizzle says:

    MOVE. No one is trapping you here. you are all far to open minded to live in this close-minded state, and besides we don’t want you here.


  7. Yahoouj says:

    Really good work about this website was done. Keep trying more – thanks!


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