I recently chanced upon a blog entry debating the vulgarity and homophobic tendencies of the recent spur of Brokeback Mountain internet cartoons. The subsequent user comments were surprisingly all agreeing with the blog author, furthermore accusing the cartoonists of being childish, bigoted, and taking us “backwards as a society.” As you can see from the comments section, I partly disagree. While one or two were cheap, inappropriate and (perhaps to some) offensive, the better half were quite good and deservedly received a few chuckles.
I have no intention of undermining the opinion of neither the blog author nor its followers, but rather wish to stimulate a debate on this particular case as well as the general issue of homosexual jesting. How far is too far? Comparing beastiality to homosexuality? Or less?