Film Outs Pols, Draws Fire From All Sides

Documentary that targets Crist has even gay groups worried
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 12:39 PM CDT

(Newser) Outrage isn’t a conventional summer blockbuster, but its central aim will surely prove explosive: outing prominent politicians who have opposed gay causes. “It’s the responsibility of journalists and filmmakers to report on hypocrisy wherever they see it,” director Kirby Dick told the San Francisco Chronicle. His targets include Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former New York Mayor Ed Koch.

The film focuses on Republicans, which the GOP sees as evidence of partisan smearing and “the utmost contempt for the people who have made the sacrifice of being in public office,” one official said. And memories of persecution die hard, cautioned a lesbian activist. "I'm not going to condemn those people unless they use their power as a public official to hurt their own community," she said.