LGBTX-Men (By Nick – Young Person)March 31st, 2016 by Freya
I am a big X-Men fan and so I was really excited to hear that the new X-Men Movie First Class was going to be released in a few months. The film industry spends millions on marketing and building up a huge hype proclaiming that “this will be the best movie of the year!” or something hyperbolic like that.
However, when I mentioned how keen I was to watch the movie, many friends said that it’s not going to be good – even though they had not watched it yet since it was not even out in theatres. But they were adamant and loud in their opinions and advised that I should not watch it; that I should stick to movies that they recommended or liked. I did find some good reviews on Google that said “actually it was not a bad movie”; “it’s an exciting and thrilling movie” and “that it went in a new direction than the previous three X-Men”. But who do you trust? The minority that says that it’s okay to watch this movie as you may like it or the vast loud majority that claim that X-Men: First Class was intolerable and Matthew Vaughn should be fired for directing such a bad film. So I end up thinking that maybe I shouldn’t even bother watching it.
But what if I did watch the movie? What if I watched it and I liked it? Everyone is saying this movie is bad yet I liked it. Does that make me weird? Different? Abnormal? Strange? Everyone will probably say that I have a bad or odd taste in movies and I don’t know what I am talking about. They will probably stop inviting me to hang out with them as we don’t have the same taste in movies.
You can read all the reviews and listen to what your peers have to say but, at the end of the day, you won’t know what movie you like until you tried it. And while X-Men: First Class may not have lived up to the hype, my life didn’t change that dramatically from watching it. Although I did have to hear “How could you like such a horrible movie” over and over.
Just like anything, it all depends on your personal taste and preference. Being gay is similar to movies and people’s opinions of them. There are many sources that insist that being gay is wrong. They claim that it’s not natural, its defies Natural Moral Law, it upsets God, it’s disgusting. It is all very distressing when you think about it. But it is society that makes a big deal out of it. Out of nothing, really.
Society dictates that if you are gay then you are a mistake. God’s creation, yes, but with an anomalous result. Once a boy or a girl realises who they are, they are labelled as different, irregular and in some cases, a mistake, an ‘abomination’ if you will. From my first thought of what it would be like to kiss a boy, my fear was that this made me different and being different meant that I would not be accepted into society and more important, my circle of friends, who I wanted to be seen as equal. Not that I fancied any of them but I did not want my being gay to define me or to be judged by that aspect of me. Could they not like me for me and not for my sexual preference?
The X-Men say that being a mutant does not make you any less of a human. And just like X-Men I am gifted with being different – I can either hide it and let it destroy me or accept who I am, stand proud and forgive those who hate me.
Society view what is different is automatically bad. In X-Men the TV show, Jubilee once asks why people hate mutants and Storm replies “people fear what they do not understand”. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), sets out on a mission to study, unite the human race and to eradicate mutants (‘abominations’) from Earth because he feels they are dangerous. Similarly, you can find pages and pages of (mostly) badly researched, biased perspectives and poorly written drivel on how evil and dangerous the LGBT community are. A case in point is Craig James speeches in Texas – highlighting how narrow minded society really is. And this attitude is not just directed at gays but at anyone who is perceived to be different. Where is our Professor X who will show the Trasks of this world that, “yes we are different but we are not evil”.