These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Birdcage
Hilarious in Hindsight: The Reveal in the 2000s that hyper-conservative Sen. Strom Thurmond had an affair (and love child) with a black maid and that the revelation came out only after Thurmond had died.
Unfortunate Implications: Senator Keeley apparently thinks it is just as bad that the girl who had been consorting with the late Senator Jackson was black as it was that she was a prostitute and underaged.
That's the joke. To most, it's not like he would have been better off if the girl had been white, a prostitute and underaged, but to the Conservative Strawman Political men, it is.
There's also the fact that even if Senator Keeley didn't care, the reporters would (and do).
He didn't care about the prostitute, per se — he was worried that race would be entered into the debate (which it was) and that his more racist voters would be turned off
Values Dissonance/Values Resonance: An interesting mixture of the two. On the one hand, the pro-gay-rights message still resonates today. However, the views publicly expressed by the conservatives in this movie come across as much more of a Strawman Political than they did at the time. This is particularly true of the idea that conservative figures having gay relatives is a major liability, as many prominent Republicans now do (Dick Cheney's daughter, Michele Bachman's stepsister, and Phyllis Schlafly's son).