BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005)
Ang Lee’s drama about two closeted cowboys offended many on the religious right. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops slapped the “O -- morally offensive” tag on the film, while conservative groups and TV personalities claimed that it was liberal propaganda, part of a “gay agenda” to undermine Middle American morality. In the most notable instance of theaters refusing to show Brokeback Mountain, Larry H. Miller, the Mormon owner of the Utah Jazz, pulled it from his megaplex at the last minute when he learned of the gay romance (and yet he still showed Eli Roth’s torture porn, Hostel). More controversial than all that, though, is Brokeback’s loss of the 2005 Best Picture Oscar to Crash, a film we should all be able to agree tosses salad.