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Three mistakes at the Hollywood Museum

At the Hollywood Museum …

USA Hollywood Museum - exterior

… I saw the bottle from I Dream of Jeannie

USA Hollywood Museum - I Dream of Jeannie

… Lucille Ball’s Emmy awards …

USA Hollywood Museum - Lucy's emmys

… and another pair of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.  (I say another because of the two I saw in Washington DC last year.)

USA Hollywood Museum - ruby slippers

But I also spotted some errors.

Mistake #1: The character who wasn’t queer.

USA Hollywood Museum - GLBTI characters - heading

Sue Sylvester was in the gallery of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.

USA Hollywood Museum - Sue from Glee

Although Jane Lynch is out and proud, the character she played on Glee was heterosexual, even after marrying herself, unless, of course, she turned lesbian in the final seasons after everyone stopped watching.

At least the gallery stopped at GLBT characters. In Australia, it seems now to be politically correct to say GLBTIQ (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Intersex Questioning, though hopefully not all at once). A friend and I recently tried to predict the next letter to be added to the ever growing list. My money’s on E for Experimenting, but I’m willing to consider alternative bids.

Mistake #2: The wrong name.

USA Hollywood Museum - The top 40 LGBT films - general

Look at number 20 on the list of top LGBT films:

USA Hollywood Museum - The top 40 LGBT films - specific

At time time, in California, they were promoting the musical version, with the correct name:

USA San Fran Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Mistake #3: The wrong year.

The final one could only have been spotted by someone with a total obsession for the Oscars, or who’d read my blog closely.

USA Hollywood Museum - 1950 mistake

The Oscar ceremony in question took place on March 29, 1951, rather than March 23, 1950. By complete coincidence, I actually mentioned this date as part of the feminist history lesson I gave in my post on The King and I.

I can see what happened here. Judy Holliday won the 1950 Best Actress Oscar. Whoever wrote this assumed that the 1950 Oscars were held in 1950. This was not so. They were held in 1951, honouring films that had been released in 1950. Just saying …

4 thoughts on “Three mistakes at the Hollywood Museum

  • Paulsarnold November 4, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

    Enjoying the dedication of your pursuits Michael!

    • Michael from Perth November 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm Reply

      I’m pleased, Paul!

  • Helen November 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Very astute cousin, am impressed.?????

    • Michael from Perth November 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Thank you, Helen. I’m glad you are!

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