Oh, that Gene Shalit. Now he's gone and pissed of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for his comments during his negative review of Brokeback Mountain (which, as some of our commenters have pointed out, is not even a gay cowboy movie - it's a gay sheepherder movie). In his critique, Shalit referred to Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack, as a "sexual predator" who "tracks Ennis (Heath Ledger) down and coerces him into sporadic trysts". Apparently Shalit hasn't heard the news from Dateline: Hollywood that Brokeback Mountain isn't a gay cowboy movie at all.
GLAAD criticized NBC for allowing Shalit a platform to air his "defamatory anti gay views" and slammed Shalit for characterizing Gyllenhaal's character as a sexual predator, alleging that Shalit wouldn't have made the same assessment of Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Titanic for getting it on with Kate Winslet's Rose. GLAAD doesn't take umbrage with Shalit's criticism of the film as "wildly overpraised, but not by me" - just with his bizarre take on Gyllenhaal's character.