At least 10 arrested in gay protest of movies

March 31, 1992|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- A vow by gay activists to disrupt the 64th Annual Academy Awards ceremony failed to materialize yesterday but outside the Los Angeles Music Center hundreds of chanting demonstrators whistled, chanted and screamed their disapproval at what they believe is Hollywood's negative portrayal of homosexuals in films.

At least 10 people were arrested as helmeted police on foot and on horseback kept the demonstrators separated from the movie stars, studio moguls and academy members who disembarked from limousines.

Among those taken into custody were two protesters who threw objects at the red-carpeted entrance leading to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where the ceremony was held, and seven people who sat in a street crosswalk and refused orders to leave, police said.

"We're out here to tell Hollywood to stop bashing us," said Rob Roberts of Queer Nation, when asked why the protests were being held. "We're telling them we don't want to see any more negative portrayals of us. We're not slashers. We're not child molesters. We don't skin women. We wanted to have some more positive images coming out of Hollywood."

Mr. Roberts said the protesters were particularly upset with such Oscar-nominated films as "Silence of the Lambs" and "JFK."

"In 'Silence of the Lambs' they have a stereotypical character who is a misogynist who skins women," Mr. Roberts said. "In 'JFK,' they have one gay sex scene in which there was an orgy with a guy painted in gold lame which I found incredibly offensive especially when all the straight sex scenes are so tender and loving."

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