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.