Analysis Of "I'm The One That I Want" By Margaret Cho.

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Analysis of I'm The One That I Want --by Margaret ChoIs homosexuality really that strange? Yes. In today's society, homosexuality is considered to be eccentric. Heterosexuality is superior to homosexuality in a society where being gay is so taboo and unconventional. The stigma placed on homosexuality has created a community of people who struggle daily to overcome a hierarchy based on sexual preference. The hierarchy was created out of fear. "This fear is a fear of the unknown and of our own sexualities" (Novatnak 2000). We have allowed our insecurities to construct a hidden class system, and we have placed homosexuals at the bottom of this invisible pyramid.On the night of June, 27 1969, a gay bar in New York called Stonewall was raided, and for the first time, the homosexual men in the bar stood up to the police harassment. The Stonewall riots and the Gay Liberation Front in New York in 1969 marked the beginning of a more public era of activism and visibility for gays and lesbians. Although the gay rights movement has made great progress since 1969, prejudice against homosexuals is still very prevalent in today's society (Adam 1987). Recently, at a high school in Kentucky, 420 out of 990 students boycotted their school because a gay group was given permission to meet on campus (365gay.com 2002). The fact that this boycott occurred proves that there is an obvious need for a safe place for the young homosexuals to meet. These teens, like many gay individuals, are faced with the feeling of alienation every day.Would you be offended if a stranger approached you on the street and called you a homosexual? Most people, whether gay or straight, would not find the situation humorous at all. You would most likely be offended because today's society has attached very negative connotations to the word homosexual. Gay and lesbian individuals are constantly challenged with the fact that society sees them as different, odd, or even disgusting. Margaret Cho, a bisexual comedian, addressed this issue in her comedy act, I'm The One That I Want. The concert film touched several issues, but the very first theme Cho introduced, focused on homosexuality. Cho used humor to mock the "normalcy" of heterosexuals, and praise the uniqueness of homosexuals. Her tactics build up the spirit of gay pride by allowing homosexuality to join, if not surpass, heterosexuality on the "normal" scale.The comedy act was filmed at the Warfield Theater in Cho's hometown of San Francisco, where she has a huge gay following. Needless to say, there were many homosexuals in her audience that night. Cho has achieved popularity with a large portion of the gay community not only because her jokes relate to homosexuality, but also because she makes homosexuality seem acceptable. During I'm The One That I Want, Margaret Cho relieved her audience members of their insecurities, which cause prejudices, and united an auditorium of people with different sexual preferences. Cho accomplished this with...

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