THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
While few would argue that Jonathan Demme’s horrific thriller is a bad film, its portrayal of two rather nefarious gay serial killers upset many in the gay community, particularly because Hollywood was not positively portraying homosexuals elsewhere. Imprisoned Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is somewhat ambiguous, but self-identifying transsexual Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb (Ted Levine), who skins big-boned ladies to make himself a “woman suit,” is not. When The Silence of the Lambs won the 1991 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, organizations like Queer Nation were outside the Los Angeles Music Center leading a protest. Sadly the demonstration did not save us from the far shittier sequels Hannibal and Hannibal Rising.

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