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