Campus Protesters as Film Critics

In 1999, long before the transgender bathroom wars, the film Boys Don’t Cry was praised by critics for its sympathetic portrayal of Brandon Teena, or Teena Brandon, a woman who passed as a man and—the screenplay is based on a true story—was raped and murdered when her secret was discovered. The director, Kimberly Peirce, a lesbian presently preoccupied–or so her Facebook page would suggest–with the possibility that Donald Trump’s win can be overturned, was probably expecting a warm reception at Reed College, a small, prestigious, college known for, among other things, its left wing politics.

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Campus Protesters as Film Critics

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