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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What’s up with this apparently but nonsensically homophobic DVD cover?

Is it me, or is there something a little hinky in the difference between these two DVD covers for the same movie?


On the left is the Region 2 DVD cover art for Make the Yuletide Gay. On the right is the Region 1 DVD cover art for the same film.

I didn’t find anything offputting about the gingerbread-man cover until I saw the other one, and then I wondered whether there wasn’t a bit of homophobia at work, as if someone feared to offer up two men in a romantic pose. (The movie is about a gay couple masquerading as straight friends during a Christmas with the parents of one of them.)

Now, actually, I don’t think the homophobia explanation makes sense: This title was never going to be showing up on the shelves of Wal-Mart where it might scare the locals, and it should in fact be designed to appeal to gays and gay-friendlies on sites like Amazon, where the DVD cover is the first thing you notice. But I can’t figure out what other explanation there could be.

What’s up with this apparently but nonsensically homophobic DVD cover?

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