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10 comments | Wednesday, December 05, 2007

In some circles the December 7th release of Maurice Jamal's long awaited film Dirty Laundry has created the kind of buzz that is usually reserved for big studio productions tied to the names of Kidman, Cruise, or Washington, but people all over the country are excited about the message in this film and the rare opportunity to see the life of a black gay man depicted on the big screen. But when you mention the name DL Foster or visit his website Gay Christian Movement Watch the excitement comes to a screeching halt.

Pastor Foster has begun spearheading a religious protest against the film and against Dr. Bobby Jones of the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour on BET who appears briefly as a minister in the film. Pastor DL Foster (how ironic that his first two initials are "DL") whose first name is Daryl claims to be an "ex-gay" (calling Donnie McClurkin...now) and has dedicated his life mission to exposing the "homosexual agenda" and providing a way out for homosexuals who want to exit the "lifestyle".

He believes Dr. Bobby Jones' appearance in the movie is a direct attack on the black church and the black family. I made the mistake over the weekend of allowing myself to get caught up in his hateful biblical rhetoric on his website by defending the message in Dirty Laundry and Dr. Bobby Jones. Once you get sucked into one of Pastor Foster's mean-spirited debates it's hard to stop defending your position until you realize that he's an extremist and he'll always be right.

Pastor Foster's staunch opposition to Dirty Laundry and the gay community is a harsh reminder of the kind of hatred that still exists towards our community despite the progress we've made over the years towards full equality. If you thought Bishop Harry Jackson or Rev. Ken Hutcherson were homophobes then Pastor "Down Low" Foster is about to steal their thunder.

Tonight on CNN at 5:00pm ET Keith Boykin and Pastor Foster will go head to head and discuss the controversy surrounding the release of Dirty Laundry. I'm sure this is going to be a fiery debate that you don't want to miss.

If you're in New York or Los Angeles and you haven't already purchased your tickets to see the film then by all means do so today! Let's show the studios and the Pastor Foster's of the world that films dealing with this subject matter are important and can bring in money at the box office.

Here are some links to Pastor Foster's thoughts on Dirty Laundry and Dr. Bobby Jones. Depending on how much hate speech you can digest at once, you might want to read the posts over an extended period of time.

Gospel's Dr. Bobby Jones Appearing In Gay Movie

Open Letter To Dr. Bobby Jones

Why Dr. Bobby Jones Must Be Confronted

The Irony of Bobby Jones' "Gospel" Show


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

wow I didn't know it will be that serious. I know that I will be going to see it friday to support, but also just to see a great film!

December 05, 2007 1:16 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

WHO CARES! Keith is using his on air time to push and bring attention to his boyfriends film. We all know where these so called ministers stand. I'm not interested in hearing their hate speech, we all now how its gona go down, very jerry springer, its a cheap way to bring attention to a film.

December 05, 2007 2:12 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have to agree with anonymous. This faux-ex-gay preacher isn't going to shut down this picture because there aren't enough folks who'll go out and protest. Black homophobes aren't like White homophobes. They aren't likely to take to the streets in large numbers.

And yes, there is an obvious reason why Keith would take up the argument in favor of the film.

While I don't doubt the homophobia is real, in the end this is just a clever publicity stunt for a film most of America would otherwise overlook.

December 05, 2007 6:59 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I think the dear Pastor is entitled to advocate his belief. I know many more Pastors right here in Chicago that also object to families taking their young kids seeing such a movie. Would you say they're "mean-spirited" too because they are protecting what they children see?

December 05, 2007 9:26 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Bobby Jones is sooo gay! Why haven't anyone noticed.

December 05, 2007 10:29 PM

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December 06, 2007 1:29 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

See...but you can still fill me in on the details later...SMILE

December 06, 2007 1:31 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I guess this movie is a must see then huh? Count me in.!!!!!!

December 06, 2007 7:01 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

If Keith can generate buzz (and ticket sells) for his boyfriend's film (my understanding is that Keith is an executive producer for the film, by the way, so it's his film too) by playing up a homophobe's attack on the film, hey, more power to him.

December 06, 2007 11:29 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

So yea - I didn't know all this was going on. Although, Evangelist Bobby Jones reeks of "how u doin?"

December 07, 2007 12:54 PM


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