You may not see any commercials for this film, but on Friday, December 7th, in both New York and Los Angeles, Dirty Laundry, a new film starring Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, and Jenifer Lewis is set to open in theaters with wider distribution scheduled for December 28th.
Dirty Laundry follows the life of an African-American gay magazine writer with a near perfect life after turning his back on his southern roots by escaping to New York City--until an 11-year-old boy changes everything for him and his partner.
A new comedy with a stellar Black cast, Dirty Laundry stars Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn, Joey Costello, with a cameo appearance from Bobby Jones. It was produced I part by my good friend Keith Boykin and his partner Nathan Williams.
GAY MOVIE...NEW DRAMA
And as can be expected, the film is already being hit controversy from the Christian majority.
And I quote:
“If you’ve ever watched the Bobby Jones Gospel Show, you know something is wrong spiritually with Bobby Jones. Over the last couple of decades, Dr. Bobby Jones’ name has become synonymous with black gospel music and its terrible reputation as an incubator of homosexuality. And yes, to the utter shame of God’s church.”
That comes from Gay Christian Movement Watch’s website. A group who describes themselves as watching out for false prophets that come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
But there’s more. The website also posted an open letter to Bobby Jones:
Dr. Bobby Jones
P.O. Box 190681
Nashville, TN 37219
As we have become aware of your appearance in the homosexual movie Dirty Laundry, we thought it prudent to bring to your attention just how many people are deeply offended by your participation and “enthusiastic” endorsement of this movie’s message. What’s more, you have made statements which contradict the truth of God.
You have brought great shame to the Body of Christ and its time you humbled yourself, believed the gospel and repented for the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:14-15). We have been inundated with messages from people who have said they were and are disgusted by your conduct and had no other choice but to not watch your show. Do not think that your popularity is with people who do not know the difference between what is holy and unholy. You are being carried by those whose god is flesh, talent and popularity. This has nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather is a reflection of your own selfish desires. Dr. Jones, the best thing to do is just rename your show the Bobby Jones Talent Hour. That would best describe what you currently do.
You claimed that you are “too intelligent” to know that homosexuality “isn’t entirely behavioral.” Where did the scriptures tell you that? Is your alleged intelligence greater than that of God who created man in his image and likeness? Does your education eclipse that of the Almighty? Does your intelligence prevent you from seeing what is clearly revealed in scripture or do you despise God’s word and its truth? God and His relationship with Isreal in the Old Testament was never characterized as a same gender relationship. Neither is Christ’s relationship to the church in the New Testament. Yet, you ignore this forward truth and instead in your “intelligence”, claim that unnamed “talk shows” and “experts” have been the basis of your beliefs.
From that, we can deduce that you have indeed been deceived. We call on you to ask God and His church for forgiveness that you have allowed the enemy to use you to influence people against the truth.
Dr. Jones, your participation and endorsement of the evil message of this movie and those responsible for it, breaches the standards of righteousness established by God. By aligning yourself with individuals who revel in sexual immorality against the good and perfect will of God, you’ve demonstrated that you do not represent Christ, but your own error-laden ideology. Further, this should be considered antithetical to the cause of Christ. He came to reconcile man to God through love and obedience.
Please don’t think that your popularity with certain people, your alleged high media ratings and your longevity in front of the camera are beyond the rebuke of God. According to Romans 2:4, He is —in mercy– simply allowing you time to repent. God has pulled down much greater people with much greater accomplishments simply for denying Him the glory due to His name. The alleged ”rift” between the homosexual community and the church is nothing more than a trojan horse issue. The rift occurs first with God, whose standards of sexual morality the gay christian and political movements seem to eschew. You cannot heal that which is reproachable to God. And you cannot reconcile the church with sin. There is to be no peaceful co-existence of the two. The more pressing need is that you recognize that you have been in error for far too long and that it is time for you to make a change. We will no longer be silent while you priss, primp and pretend that you are representing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sadly, your “fans” in the gospel music industry have feted you as an “ambassador”. You should know that the praises of men are deceptive in that they seek to exalt self above the throne of God. The consequence is a great fall. A true ambassador would only represent the interests of the one who has sent him. Your actions, comments and public lifestyle clearly show that you have not been sent by God.
Lest you and those who have emboldened you to make these decisions think otherwise, our admonition should not be construed as hate, but clear admonition directed by scripture. We do not claim to have any enforcement, that is in God’s hands alone. It is your choice to weigh it in the balance and make amends.
Gay Christian Movement Watch
Did I mention that Bobby Jones plays the role of a preacher in Dirty Laundry? I’m sure that didn’t help his case with the Gay Christian Movement Watch, lol.
WE'VE COME A LONG WAY BABY, BUT...
Forget about the haters. What matters is that out of the few, and I do mean few Black films that make it to theatrical distribution, there is finally one that we can go enjoy that features a Black openly gay character that’s not on drugs, a prostitute, on the downlow, a hair dresser, choir director, or sashaying all over the screen. You know, those stereotypical representations of the same-gender loving community that seem to envelope most roles that call for a Black gay characters. Which is not to say that I’m hating on my those types of brothas, but just like all lesbians aren’t Cleo ("Set It Off"), all gay men aren’t fabulous finger snapping hair dressers. We’re a very diverse community.
For me this is especially timely considering the fact that over the weekend, I led a discussion on the impact of distorted social images in the media on the both the same-gender loving community as well as the overall Black community. As in why does every downlow character on television and in film have to be Black? And why are the majority of Black lesbians portrayed as butch (i.e. Cleo in Set It Off). And then what is the impact in our communities when those are only images ever put out there of who we are? Kind of like back in the day when the only roles for Black actresses were as mammies and how Blacks got tired of being stereotyped in that way and eventually this led to a change and Black actresses taking on different roles.
There’s no arguing that Blacks despite all have continued to excel in filmmaking on both sides of the cameras. In addition, so has the inclusion of gay characters in mainstream filmmaking. However, Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters on the silver screen are often far and few between. And no, closeted Black actors don’t count or Tyler Perry as Madea so please spare me your emails.
But here’s a list of films that do count.
• Blind Faith (1998)
• Brother To Brother (2004)
• But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
• Get on the Bus (1996)
• Mannequin (1987)
• Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
• Norman... Is That You? (1976)
• Punks (2000)
• Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
• Set It Off (1996)
• Six Degrees of Separation (1993
• Ski Trip (2004)
• Smokin' Aces (2007)
• The 40 Year Old Virgin (2007)
• The Color Purple (1985)
• The Crying Game (1992)
• The Fifth Element (1997)
• To Wong Foo (1995)
Now I will say that I am not excited about having a new Black film with a Black openly gay character open up in Los Angeles and only screen on the Westside. If we are to ever dispel the myths and stereotypes of Black SGL people in our own community “we” need to see films like “Dirty Laundry.” And having “Dirty Laundry” screen only in West Hollywood and not having it available at theaters like the Magic Johnson Theater in Baldwin Hills does not only the film a disservice but us as well. There’s a reason why Tyler Perry’s films do so well at Magic’s theater. Ya better ask somebody. But hopefully, if we show up and out for Dirty Laundry's opening weekend, the film's distributor will see that there is a market for this film and make it available in other parts of the city, including the Magic Theaters in the neighborhood and Long Beach.
But I guess we have to start somewhere and that somewhere is going to have to be West Hollywood on Friday, December 7th.
If you’re in the Southern California area, meet me at the movies on Friday, December 7th for a screening of Dirty Laundry.
SCREENING AND MEETING INFO
RSVP by clicking here if you plan to attend so that I get an idea of who and how many people to expect. After the film, word on the street is that Ivan Daniel is hosting a party. I’ll get the full details together before Friday.
8522 Beverly Boulevard, Suite 835
Los Angeles, CA 90048
At Beverly Center, Beverly Boulevard & North LaCienega Blvd.
Adults - $9.50
Children & Elders - $6.50
1 hr. 30 min.
(PG-13), for language, some sexual content and thematic elements