Matthews cited Savage's "Bareback Mounting" characterization of Brokeback Mountain; Imus cited producer's "Fudgepack Mountain" remark

››› ››› JOE BROWN

Appearing on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, Chris Matthews quoted "the wonderful Michael Savage" referring to award-winning film Brokeback Mountain as "Bareback Mounting."

On the January 18 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, Hardball host Chris Matthews cited nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage's characterization of the award-winning film Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features, 2005), stating: "The wonderful Michael Savage ... what's he call it? 'Bareback Mounting.' That's his name for the movie." Host Don Imus responded: "Of course, Bernard [McGuirk, executive producer] calls it 'Fudgepack Mountain.' "

Imus's and Matthews's comments came during a segment in which Imus asked Matthews: "Have you lost weight?" Matthews responded, "I was at 240 and gaining a couple years ago, and I've been working down. ... I got down to 215 after I ran the other day, so I'm somewhere in the teens still," later adding, "I'm trying to get down to 200." Imus remarked, "You look pretty good. I mean, I'm not working toward a Brokeback Mountain situation here, I'm just saying -- I remarked to Charles -- I said, 'He looks pretty good to me.' "

Savage formerly hosted a television program on MSNBC but was fired after he called a caller a "sodomite" and told him to "get AIDS and die."

From the January 18 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning:

IMUS: Have you lost weight?

MATTHEWS: I was at -- I was at 240 and gaining a couple years ago, and I've been working down -- I was checking, I said -- I got down to 215 after I ran the other day, so I'm somewhere in the teens still.

IMUS: You look pretty good.

MATTHEWS: I'm trying to get down to 200.

IMUS: You look pretty good. I mean, I'm not working toward a Brokeback Mountain situation here, I'm just saying -- I remarked to Charles -- I said, "He looks pretty good to me."

MATTHEWS: I've been reading your comments. I don't think you're working in that direction.

[laughter]

IMUS: Well, I'm trying. So, Al Gore --

MATTHEWS: Have you seen it yet? Have you gone to see it yet? I've seen everything else but that. I guess --

IMUS: No, I haven't seen it. Why would I want to see that?

MATTHEWS: I don't know. I've no opinion on that. I haven't seen it either. So --

IMUS: So, they -- I don't know -- it was out when I was in New Mexico, and it doesn't resonate with the cowboys -- with the real cowboys who I know. So --

MATTHEWS: Yeah --

IMUS: But then, maybe there's stuff going on there, on the ranch, that I don't know about. Not on my ranch, but you know what I'm saying.

MATTHEWS: Well, the wonderful Michael Savage, who's on [WTNT AM] 570 in D.C., who shares a station with you at least, he said -- he calls it -- what's he call it? "Bareback Mounting." That's his name for the movie.

IMUS: Right. Of course, Bernard calls it "Fudgepack Mountain," but that's probably --

MATTHEWS: You know what? I'll bet it wins. It's either that or Good Night, and Good Luck. [Warner Independent Pictures, 2005] who'll win for an Academy Award, I think, this year. I think it's the mood. Everybody likes the movie, who's seen it, so.

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Diversity & Discrimination, LGBT
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MSNBC
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Chris Matthews, Don Imus
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Imus in the Morning
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