Surprise, surprise. Apparently, some conservatives are miffed that the latest Shrek movie, Shrek the Third, contains a crossdressing character – Doris, the Ugly Stepsister. The pearl-clutching “film critic” was aghast that this “useless character” was placed in the midst of Snow White, Cinderella, and the traditional family values of Shrek and Fiona. This useless article goes on to call out “homosexual activists” for trying to push their equal rights agenda in order to be free to “publicly demonstrate their odd sexual behavior.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that this was a lame Onion parody of a conservative fuddy duddy. Surely people don’t think in such simpleton terms anymore. Or has this person never seen a Shrek movie before? Because if they had, they would realize that the whole message of Shrek is to encourage acceptance of others, no matter what shape, size, color, or other characteristic. Furthermore, this herald of family values must realize they are whistling the same tune the conservative set sang upon the release of Shrek 2, when Doris made her first appearance. Are we really going to feign the same outrage, and cry about how the acceptance of these concepts is going to move “our world toward sexual chaos” (actual quotes)? About the only remotely sexual acitvity occurring in Shrek is between Shrek and Fiona, a heterosexual married couple. But even so, no one else in the film seems to have a problem with Doris as part of their family, and neither should we. Once again, an ogre proves to be more civilized than a conservative.