Obviously, if you’re going to start talking about stuff that is ‘wrong’ in Kick-Ass, you’re going to be here until the muffin lady comes round halfway through your working day: extreme violence perpetrated by a pre-teen, extreme bad language perpetrated by a pre-teen, that kind of violence/language in a film with a 15 certificate, Nicholas Cage… The list goes on (as does the film in parts).
But was it really necessary, in a film that is to some extent about standing up against bullies, to have the heroine make the ‘gay’ jibe? Was it? No, really though, was it? Really?
Our green-Lycra-ed anti-hero Dave/Kick-Ass (it’s plainly a fetish for him, the Lycra thing) gets busted by the Erika character who has returned his tazer string. ‘Your tazer is so gay,’ she goes (she’s into extreme violence of the chopping off of heads kind, you see. So anything that doesn’t come up to that is, by def, ‘gay’).
And that’s without even going into the whole sub-plot of the pretty girl liking Dave because… ‘She likes lame ducks… She thinks you’re gay!’ High-larious. And another nice message to send to the gay kids. And another nice piece of ammo to hand to the anti-gay kids.
Shame, because we were actually enjoying that movie. Or maybe it was just those devlish yellow pick ‘n’ mix bananas…
Is the dirty little 'gay' sneer really necessary in Kiss-Ass?,