View Single Post
Old 08-03-2009, 05:32 PM
Don Draper is offline
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 4,937
Originally Posted by TBG View Post
The Cowardly Lion may seem gay now, but how many of those "clues" would've really been such back in the time period of the movie? IMO, he was just a wimpy buffoon type, sorta like how Joe Besser was in the later 3 Stooges shorts. (Or was Besser playing gay too?)
Well it's not like gay stereotypes were made up in the few years before Stonewall. Read Vito Russo's book the Celluloid Closet. It details the explicit connection (in popular movies at least) the connection between 'gays' and 'sissies' in the black & white era. It also specifically points out the Cowardly Lion as an example of a 'sissy' stand-in for a gay character.