But I’m a Cheerleader

I was talking to my sister about this blog topic, and the first thing she said was, “Oh, like But I’m a Cheerleader.”  But I’m a Cheerleader is a movie about an ex-gay camp where parents can send their non gender-conforming offspring to be cured of their errant ways. The movie embodies many aspects of Sontag’s definition of camp, including artificiality and an affinity for dramatic exaggeration.  Brightly color coded (hot pink for girls, blue for boys) with exaggerated characters (including RuPaul as an ex-gay counselor), the movie uses a satirized version of ex-gay rehabilitation centers to demonstrate the ridiculousness of the ex-gay movement as well as to explore the artificiality of gender roles.

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