The viewing of films is important in today’s society because audiences are able to see life events acted out in front of them. This provides the viewers with a greater understanding and knowledge of the historical events that occurred and delivers a clearer image of the message trying to be conveyed.
The film Milk is an adaptation of real events that occurred on the streets of San Francisco during the nineteen seventies. It focuses on how homosexuals were threatened by politics and society before and during the gay rights movement Harvey Milk lead. Homosexuals were alienated by heterosexuals solely based on their sexuality, as it was the norm to do so; heterosexuals had conformed to the belief that gays were not equals. Gays were pushed into the outer limits of the city but were brought together by Milk, who spoke with charisma and pushed people to expose their sexuality to their friends, family and co-workers to show how large the gay community really was. His objective was to show the state that if they were not going to allow gays to work with children because it was supposedly unjust as it showed children the gay lifestyle in which they did not condone at the time. When individuals began revealing themselves this caused social barriers to break because it was forcing homophobes to adapt and accept the gay lifestyle because it was more prevalent in society. It became the norm to support the lifestyle and rally for gay rights whereas before it was the norm to discriminate and dehumanize homosexuals. The theory of cultural hegemony could be applied to the movement as there was a ruling class that dominated society by developing class’ ideas and beliefs which become the cultural norm. When Harvey Milk stepped up as a leader, society fought against him but once more people joined the movement it created a ripple effect of change, starting within the city and moving to a larger scale state wide. Harvey Milk’s drive for unity and acceptance for