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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

Is Oliver Stone's film, JFK, Homophobic?

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

I wrote about JFK's homophobia in my book, On The Trail of Delusion - Jim Garrison: The Great Accuser, where I transcribed several of the scenes in his film. A quick summary: Oswald is painted as a "fruitcake," members of the "homosexual underworld" discuss the JFK assassination at David Ferrie's apartment, David Ferrie and Clay Shaw engage in an S&M orgy, and then David Ferrie tells Jim Garrison he is being blackmailed by "cocksucking faggot" Clay Shaw.

I am not the first person to talk about the film's homophobia. Here is an article from The Advocate - a major LGBT publication - from early 1992.

I love the cutline above, but it's slightly inaccurate - they weren't pinkos.

The gay community was not happy with JFK. Here is a report from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). I don't always agree with GLAAD, but in this case I think they have a point.

And, there were meetings with Oliver Stone.

After gay activists saw the film, they issued this letter.

Other film critics noticed the problem. Here is an article that originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Here is the relevant paragraph from the above review:


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