Kurt Russell also is not afraid to tackle cheesy roles, which makes me admire him all the more - playing Snake Plissken or his character in Big Trouble In Little China... it's kitschy stuff but he runs with it.
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Originally Posted By: keymaker
It's not... anyone who wants to get married, can.
“There is no discrimination, Gays can marry anyone they choose… of the opposite sex.”
This assertion uses the same illogical “separate but equal” rationale that was used to justify racial bias and miscegenation laws. The argument prior to Loving vs. Virginia was that there was no discrimination in applying miscegenation laws as the whites and blacks were equally punished under those laws. The Supreme Court dismissed this idea that an immutable characteristic of an individual, the color of one’s skin, could be used as a legitimate state interest in discrimination. Similarly, to limit an individual’s marital choice based on an immutable characteristic of that individual’s being, where the state has no rational basis to discriminate against that characteristic is unconstitutional.
Still trying to make the analogy? It falls down I'm afraid... unlike men and women who are different blacks and whites are the same. In the US when you had those crazy racial restrictions people demanded the same rights everyone else enjoyed in the great big wide world to marry a bride or groom of their choosing within existing customs and the prevailing meaning of the word. Those old rules depended on ascertaining a person's race and then applying the discrimination. By contrast since there's never been any inquiry into a person's sexuality it can't put forward as a basis of discrimination. That's right, gays and lesbians aren't complaining that they're not allowed to marry because they are - they're complaining that they can't change the meaning of the word. Same sex 'marriage' however would be like same sex "mixed doubles' at Wimbledon - utterly preposterous.
Sorry, for the word salad interruption above. Anyway..
Big Trouble in Little China seemed to be in almost continuous loop on HBO at one point several years (decades?) ago. It looked interesting, but I don't think I ever got thru the whole thing.
The guy who played Lo Pan in that movie, James Hong must be the "go to" Chinese (or on occasion Japanese) guy for American movies. It is a little sad that there are so few Asian actors or so few roles for them in the US that it always has to come out like this. And the roles they are given tend to be so limited. James Hong was born in Minneapolis! I wonder if he really speaks like he does or if it is an affectation he is expected to have in his movies. I can't help but think of "The Hangover" when I think of depictions that bother me. Writers are sitting around thinking, we need one thing to make the show just that much funnier. I know, let's have a completely naked Chinese man jump out of the back of a car and jump around making stereotypical kung fu sounds...
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