Gripes & Groans
From The Gator Times,
May 31 - June 6, 2000
The MTV Movie Awards 2000 are rapidly approaching and the channel has been bombarding viewers with commercials announcing the event. The commercial that caught my attention, and is subsequently the source of this week's tirade, announced the nominees for Best Kiss. In case you were not aware, two of this year's nominees for best kiss are same sex couples.
I thought to myself, "Could it be the beginning of the end for heterosexism on mainstream television?" Have we finally accepted that just because it's the preferred orientation of many Americans, everyone isn't doing it -kissing, that is -with someone of the opposite sex? If you've been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer this season, you know the answer to this question is a firm no.
In fact, Buffy has received some negative responses from viewers regarding the developing relationship between the show's resident witch, Willow, and her new love interest who is, oh no, a girl! However, their displays of affection, which have not escalated above hugging, pale in comparison to the bumping and grinding displayed by the show's heterosexual couples.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is half of one of Buffy's bump and grind couples, is nominated this year for Best Kiss with Selma Blair for their slobber filled smooch in Cruel Intentions. The other same sex couple nominated this year, which is of course two females, is Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny, nominated for their lip locking in Boys Don't Cry. However, these are not the first same sex couples nominated for Best Kiss. Past nominees include Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly for Bound, Joey Lauren Adams and Carmen Llewelyn for Chasing Amy, as well as Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck for In & Out.
So why am I making a big deal about this year's nominees? Unlike past nominees, this year's same sex couples were not playing homosexual partners in their films. Gellar was just teaching Blair how to kiss so she wouldn't make a fool of herself when she finally kissed a boy, and Swank was a woman living as a man and was merely kissing his girlfriend.
Maybe one of this year's same sex smooching partners will beat out Drew Barrymore and Michael Vartan, nominated for their Never Been Kissed lip service, and Katie Holmes and Barry Watson, nominated for their kiss in Teaching Mrs. Tingle, to become the first same sex smooching partners to win the award. Either way heterosexism will prevail.