'Outrage' suggests double life for Gov. Crist listen07/17/09 Seán Kinane
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Last night the WMNF Film Series hosted the Tampa Bay premier of the documentary Outrage. More than 200 people packed into the Tampa Pitcher Show to see the film that its website calls, “a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to.” Outrage prominently features Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
The audience applauded video of former Republican U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe who spoke on the floor of Congress in 2004 against an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have banned gay marriage. Kolbe, who is gay, came out of the closet eight years earlier and continued to be re-elected until he retired in 2007.
Outrage, directed by Kirby Dick, exposes politicians who vote against gay rights at the same time they are living a double life. After the film, the audience reactions ranged from aggravation to amusement.
The politics and personal life of Florida Governor Charlie Crist are featured near the beginning of the film and again near the end. The documentary makes the case that Crist’s ex-wife and former boyfriends may consider Crist to be gay, but are unwilling to come forward yet. Meanwhile, Governor Crist often opposes gay rights, which frustrated many in the crowd:
“It did concentrate a lot on the Governor. I think that was a good thing because people aren’t aware of his stands, especially on Amendment 2. That’s where he really could have made a difference, and for political reasons, he decided not to.”
“I think the proof is in the pudding. It’s safe to say that the evidence [that Crist has had male sexual partners] is there. And he seems pretty sad about not being able to be who he is.”
“They say they have proof that he is gay, but he denies it. And the point of the film is if you’re gay you should come out.”
Crist is running for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mel Martinez.
Governor Charlie Crist did not respond to our request for an interview by airtime.