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
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.
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
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.