When I talk about feminist issues, and especially about trans issues, I often expect someone to respond like these guys: “Why don’t you shut up about women, Stan, you’re putting us off.”
And they do, sometimes. I frankly self-censor a bit when I feel like I am getting into that territory, because I don’t want to have this conversation.
I will say this for Monty Python — whole Loretta’s plight is played for laughs, the Front come to an amicable agreement and she’s Loretta thereafter and I am not entirely sure Loretta’s the butt of the joke to begin with.
Better trans representation in a 1979 comedy than anyone would expect.
Which is not to say I don’t sometimes cringe a little.
Life of Brian, it should be noted, is an excellent film, made only with the help of George Harrison (of the Beatles, you young whipper-snappers)
The film would not have been made without former Beatle and Python fan George Harrison, who set up HandMade Films to help fund it at a cost of £3 million. Harrison put up the money for it as he “wanted to see the movie” (a move later described by Terry Jones as the “world’s most expensive cinema ticket”). The original backers, EMI Films, had been scared off at the last minute by the subject matter, particularly Bernard Delfont. As a result, the very last words in the film are: “I said to him, ‘Bernie, they’ll never make their money back on this one’”, teasing Delfont for his lack of faith in the project. Terry Gilliam later said, “They pulled out on the Thursday. The crew was supposed to be leaving on the Saturday. Disastrous. It was because they read the script… finally.” As a reward for his help, Harrison appears in a cameo appearance as Mr. Papadopoulos, “owner of the Mount”, who briefly shakes hands with Brian in a crowd scene (this happens at 1h06min of the film). His one word of dialogue (a cheery Scouse, but out-of-place-in-Judea, “ullo”) had to be dubbed in later.