The Celluloid Closet is about queer cinema, but it’s also about how queer audiences sought it out in order to validate our existence at a time when validation was hard to come by.
JoinedJune 13, 2017
Peter Piatkowski is a graduate of the MFA program at Roosevelt University and has an MA in English literature from DePaul University. His essays have appeared in Transitions Abroad, Off the Rocks, and The View From Here: Stories About Chicago Neighborhoods and he's currently working on expanding his MA thesis about the African and Asian diaspora in the United Kingdom. He loves art, music, film, and comedy and currently resides in Chicago.
Parodies, sketches, and jokes ensured that The Crying Game secured a place in the national conversation, but that conversation was often rife with ignorance and misunderstanding.
Because she was a kid, and a girl, and because she cried a lot, people easily dismissed the idea of Dorothy Gale: Hero. But that kind of viewing is short-sighted.