"Maybe there are some (gay cowboys) out there but I've never heard of 'em," he said.So says Bob "mad as a" Katter, Federal MP for the Kennedy electorate in North Queensland, where the townships of Townsville and Rockhampton have banned screenings of the film Brokeback Mountain, this year's controversial film about cowboys in love in the American high country.
"I mean, it's not a profession that attracts those sort of people."
Townsville is, amusingly, home to the NRL rugby league team the Cowboys. Team management appears concerned that one film about gay cowboys will alienate their fanbase, because Queenslanders are just that easily led.
Less amusingly, banning a film about the homophobic 1960's USA shows they're doing the timewarp again in homophobic 2000's Queensland.Of course, outside the timewarp gay-activists note that Bob Katter is talking out of his arse.
Poor Bob. How dare these people wander around not even swishing their hips as much as John Wayne? They oughta be branded, obviously, so Bob can avoid "those sort of people".
"We have a strong western influence up this way in our gay community," Townsville-based Colin Edwards told Channel 10.
"We have gay property owners, jackaroos, jillaroos. They really do exist and they really do fall in love."