Most of you probably know Kevin Smith from his Jay and Silent Bob days (he was Silent Bob) in the movies Clerks, Dogma, Clerks 2, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back etc. Or from the airplane controversy a while back where he was kicked off a plane for being above the weight limit for one seat, and he refused to buy two seats. Now he’s a well-respected director in Hollywood.
But what you may not know is that he’s a huge supporter of gays and gay rights. He frequently the guest of honor at various bear conventions and even posed on the cover of A Bear’s Life. Also one of his collaborators and best friends, Malcolm Ingram, is a bear, who Smith claims introduced him to the bear community (for those unaware a “bear” is a large burly gay man). Smith’s brother is also gay. “Small Town Gay Bar” and “Bear Nation” are just a couple queer projects he’s been attached too.
Smith was on Chelsea Lately last night to promote his latest film Red State, about a ultra-religious family who kills in the name of God. He said he based the family off the Fred Phelps’ family and their Westboro Baptist Church. They’re the people who show up everywhere, protesting everything with their “God Hates Fags” signs. The film recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where a controversy erupted when he announced he was going to distribute the film on his own.
Kevin chatted with Chelsea about the film and about a protest Phelps’ church held at the festival because of his film. He and a group of students from the local high school held an interesting counter protest. You can watch the full interview below:
Here’s the Red State trailer. The movie is set for an Oct. 19 release. Smith is planing a nationwide tour where he will screen the film before its release to garner word-of-mouth interest.