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Movie Review: Outrage

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My name is Larry Craig, and I am a gay American. | Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Forget Social Security, closeted homosexuality in Washington D.C. is the true third rail of American politics, and provocateur extraordinaire Kirby Dick firmly places his foot on it in his bracingly honest documentary, Outrage. The film covers in meticulous detail the sad truth that virtually all of the mainstream media knows but would rather ignore: there are many politicians and media personalities who lead double lives. Dick's film goes where none before it have dared: he puts names and sources on the record to startling, often tragic effect.

However, to reduce Dick's film to a mere exercise in outing -- as some surely will -- would be unfair. His intent is far more specific: to expose the hypocrisy of those -- to be fair -- mostly Republican individuals who legislate against gay issues from the relative safety of the closet. And, as stated above, Dick doesn't hold back: Charlie Crist, governor of Florida, is gay; Ken Mehlman, former RNC Chairman, is gay; David Dreier, congressman from California's 26th district, is gay; Shepard Smith, anchor on Fox News, is gay. And the list goes on.