I wanted to share this documentary with all of you. I have a theory that the X-Men films are meant to be viewed through the lens of the time in which they’re set, and in order to do that, you’ve gotta be familiar with the political climate. So, this documentary is not only REALLY GOOD, it gives you a glimpse into what life was like for the LGBT+ community in the 1960s and the 1970s. It’s not long, about an hour, and it is eye-opening. Remember, for LGBT characters in 1960s film, they were not allowed to be shown openly, and always had their stories end badly, just as Erik and Charles do in FC. In the 1970s, things were a bit more visible, a bit more hopeful, and that reflects in film, but the political climate was still very homophobic. Gay characters were usually shown as drug addicts, or criminals, as Charles and Erik are portrayed in DoFP.
Outrage 69 doesn’t get into the 1980s, but I have a documentary that will, and I’ll post that when I do the Gay Subtext in Films from the 1980s. I have a very strong feeling that the AIDS crisis that befell the LGBT community in that era will play some part in XMA. The virus Apocalypse brings with him in the comics, and unleashes onto the world, was absolutely subtext for AIDS.
The X-Men films are brilliant for this alone, and I think it’s very important that we view them as films made in the 1960-1980s. I don’t think they’re meant to be judged from a modern POV- I see them as a subtextual representation of the battle for equal rights as told through the eras in which they’re set. So, check out this documentary, then maybe give the films a rewatch. Also watch as the portrayal of women also changes and the portrayal of PoC also changes- it’s slow, it’s gradual, it’s frustrating as hell, but it’s changing. Just like it happens in real life.
Our current climate resembles this video quite a bit, so I think you’ll all relate to it. And as my friend soulfulmags always reminds me: You must honor the entire struggle. (She’s also been teaching me so much about black history and the struggles of PoC because as a white person, I have no experience of it and cannot speak on it because of that, yet want so much to learn. I very much want to build a section for X-Men as it relates to civil rights and PoC since the comics were originally conceived as subtext for that exact thing. And our battles for equal rights are SO intertwined. If anyone has anything to contribute for that, I’d greatly appreciate it!!)
This doc also shows the unique struggles of PoC and women in the LGBT community, then and now, which is also enlightening in view of the X-Men films.
So, without further ado, here is the link to the documentary. I hope you like it. I absolutely LOVED it:
KEEP THE FAITH!