“Have none of you ever had to compromise yourselves?”
While praise for Sean Penn’s performance as the legendary gay leader, Harvey Milk has been universal, the overall production has drawn passionate response both pro and con.Writing in the Huffington Post, Nancy Goldstein said “…I’ve seen queers more fired up when Bed, Bath & Beyond runs out of sale items. Where’s the passion?
“Was Van Sant afraid that audiences wouldn’t be sympathetic if 70s-era gay activists were people who suffered, swore, fought back, and fucked like they meant it? If the street kids actually looked like dirty, starving, broke-ass teen hustlers?
“Gay history—unedited—is ugly, angry, and violent. It’s police dragging us out of cellar bars and down to the station to gang fuck the femmes and face-rape the butches, queens and trannies.