04 Jan Die Beautiful: Beyond the LOLs



JUAN SAYS: MMFF 2016 movies and we are giving you reasons to watch them. Here is why you need to watch Die Beautiful.


Post by Michael Caampued


My friend and I watched “Die Beautiful” last night and I am glad that the film has taken a role in shedding light on a gender-violence issue that is glossed over by our current affairs and our culture’s resistance to acceptance. I see some posts telling that apparently there was still a lot to learn about the plight of the homosexuals, but the story that was portrayed in the film was already too familiar especially to gay men, transsexuals, effeminates, or masculine alike.

The scene where a gay man is lured by a man’s (even a stranger’s) kind invitation or a promise of a good time, or even an affectionate encounter. This is something that is utterly difficult to say “no” to for men who have been deprived of love or sexual expression. Add to the fact that risk-taking behavior is high for people who have not been properly guided by parents or guardians who do not know how to handle a child’s mental development in the early years of gender expression. Hence, the ‘all too familiar’ scenes that a lot of homosexuals suffer but are shy of telling:

– The straight man or latent homosexual’s sudden sexual rage or physical abuse during sex believing that they have the right to abuse homosexuals, thinking they are lesser beings — believing that the gay man could only be so lucky to behold their manhood.
– A homosexual’s submission because of fear of physical violence, blackmail, or even death
– The perpetrator’s (straight man’s) pride in the act of abusing gay men (needless to say the numerous accounts of theft or blackmail for payment in exchange for their silence), running free without being judged as criminals.
– The homosexual being judged as immoral, promiscuous and being at fault (even by their families) without any investigation. (To note: this is also suffered by prostitutes from their clients and wives with their husbands.).
– The silent submission of a gay man because society leads them to believe that it was their fault. Also remaining silent in order to preserve a discreet lifestyle that protects them from society’s judgment.
– And a gay man’s willingness to risk it all over again just for that small chance of finding true love.

I hope the people who watched the film were able to see through all that and its implications for our society. We could only wish for a future where everybody could enjoy true equality — where a homosexual who suffered could report abuses without fear of being misjudged or being played for a fool; or that any homosexual could righteously demand for their sexual rights; or that any homosexual born could be taught in schools and at home that they have a real chance at true love.

The film did not provide the whole picture but it was a very good start, and I am so glad that our current films could invoke such thinking.


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