Thursday, April 9, 2009

Saturday Night Live spoof or actual advertisement against gay marriage?

Yeah, if I didn't know that this was a real-honest-to-goodness advertisement produced and paid for by the ironically named National Organization for Marriage, I would have sworn that this was a SNL-produced parody. Judge for yourself. (Thanks to Moonrat for pointing me toward this!)

37 comments:

Hayden Thorne said...

A couple of links that might interest you:

Oops. Busted.

Oh, snap.

Maureen McGowan said...

You made me glad to be a Canadian, today. Not that I'm not most days, just saying...

TK42ONE said...

A "rainbow coalition"...nice choice of words.

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

LOL, wtf is this.

Kirsten Hubbard said...

oh my god, talk about twisting things around 180 degrees... "my freedom will be taken away", my ass

Heather said...

I want to laugh "With" them, but instead I'm forced to laugh "At" them... sadness.

And to think, the money used to record that add could have helped someone to eat today.

Oh hai, priorities!

Karen Duvall said...

Oh, brother. Who wrote the script for that? It made no sense in the context it was meant to address. Rainbow coalition? Freedom taken away? Pot calling the kettle names, maybe?

lizB said...

*shakes head*

My home is Iowa. I was so happy and proud when our Supreme Court passed down their decision last week. I cried. My kids cried. My husband, well *laughs* he didn't cry, but he was just as thrilled. This was a great victory for those of us who raise our children to love, not hate.

This morning, I and my 5 kids watched on the local news as a group of "concerned citizens" gathered outside the courthouse to protest the decision with their bigoted signs and angry sneers.

There's already talk of a ballot in the 2010 elections to amend our state constitution in the same way California did. My children and I cried again. Not happy tears this time.

I hope enough of us Iowans can pull together and stop these bigots from changing our constitution to DENY citizens their rights. What a sad, sad concept.

Liz

Amanda Padgett said...

It's so obvious what is happening here. You crazy people with your "equal rights" hooplah and your insane belief that the government shouldn't control who is allowed to love (after all, everyone knows that this is the government's primary job) are slowly but surely trying to force me into a same-sex marriage! That's what the new SSM laws are, right? No? Oh. Well, uh... what's the problem then? (Please note sarcasm)
I guess I was just confused, what rights would same sex marriage take away? Oh, and I'm with everyone else here, rainbow coalition? Who is their mascot, the "hetero-rainbow"? Good grief.
This is pretty great in case anyone hasn't seen this!

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c0cf508ff8/prop-8-the-musical-starring-jack-black-john-c-reilly-and-many-more-from-fod-team-jack-black-craig-robinson-john-c-reilly-and-rashida-jones

Dorothy said...

I'm such a skeptic I had to go all over the internet to prove to myself this wasn't a spoof. They (whoever NOM is) spent millions of dollars on this? Even essentially naive easily manipulated people in the boondocks (where I live) who don't know they know gay people won't be frightened by the implied doom in this video. Boggles the mind.

Icy Roses said...

I want to punch every single person in that "commercial." How sick.

Rights being taken away? That is so ironic I almost have to laugh. Really, America? Really?

BuffySquirrel said...

They'll have no choice...about what, exactly? No choice about having to let gay people live their own lives?

Yah. I call bs.

Icy Roses said...

Oh, but here is something to make us all feel better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxnjQdMpnCM

I'm sorry, I don't know how to embed a video, but it's about a 12-year-old girl with lesbian parents who testified in front of the Vermont legislature for the marriage bill. Apparently, she changed some minds. :-)

Escape said...

These people are suffering from miscommunication. Someone needs to explain that same-sex marriage isn't mandatory.

I think the commercial was produced by the same group lamenting the way the Equal Protection Clause interferes with their right to discrimination.

romdjoll said...

Urrr...the illogic is causing severe brain pain here.
The "storm" only exists in the brains of people who think what others do has any impact on the sanctity of their own vows. Damn, someone could marry their horse and I'd still believe my vows meant something - aren't they missing the essence of what marriage is? A promise in front of witnesses. The only thing that threatens that is the promise-makers' ability or inability to keep their promises. Implying insidious outside forces are out to "get" marriage is a sleazy way of attempting to devalue your own vows. Dolts.

Criss said...

"Someone needs to explain that same-sex marriage isn't mandatory."

Bwahaha!!!

To the "California doctor who must choose between my faith and my job": Dude, you got your issues mixed up. You're supposed to be in the studio next door, filming the new "Choice Coalition" ad, to support random pharmacists who want to make moral decisions for women.

To the "Massachusetts parent helplessly watching public schools teach my son that gay marriage is okay": Yes! Quickly! Run, homeschool your children to keep them safe! Next year, there will be a mandatory elective for all students, a new class called "Gay marriage is okay. Now, don't YOU want to be gay, too? 101"

ryan field said...

Saw this on the news last night. I hope it's one of those things we can look back on with the same feeling we get now when we see tapes of the McCarthy hearings in the 1950's.

Dominique said...

The funny part is they aren't kidding. Or maybe that's the sad part.
Really, the only thing to do for homophobia is laugh.

Heather said...

Oh, those poor oppressed homophobes! Who will speak for them?

As obnoxious as some of this stuff can be, I really do have hope that the tide is turning. And I suspect I'm not the only one who feels that way -- there's an air of desperation (and hysteria) in some of these sorts of ads.

Annalee said...

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

I love how they neglect to mention exactly how people's "freedoms" are being taken away.

And Faith/Job? What the hell is she doing at work? Telling same-sex couples she won't treat them? If that's your faith, and your job is to treat patients regardless of your own bigotries, than yes, you do actually have to choose.

And churches being punished for not supporting same-sex marriage? People keep throwing this around, but no one ever points out a single real example. Unless you're violating not-for-profit rules by campaigning from the pulpit, you are not going be "punished" for your position on Same-Sex Marriage.

Melinda Leigh said...

Now that's acting! I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face long enough to get those lines out.

Virginia said...

Wow. And WTF!!! What freedoms are being taken away? What choices are they losing? ("I will have no choice - but hey, I'll take somebody else's away quite happily!!")

Just...what the hell. I don't get people.

WindyA said...

First I went, WTF. Then OMG. Finally - Seriously? I thought we were in a recession. I am sure there are better things those funds could have gone to.

Emily Kokie said...

I didn't know whether to laugh or be horrified, and then to go over and see the auditions...seriously...

thanks for sharing this!

S. E. Ward said...

Is it wrong that I want to start a group called OM NOM NOM, just to parody this ad?

Kenny Celican said...

And, of course, NOM resorted to legal action when the audition tapes made YouTube.

I can't watch that twice. I tried. About fifteen seconds in my choices became scream, vomit, or turn off the bile. Since the kids are asleep and regurgitation isn't my thing, it had to turn off.

Elissa M said...

I... don't understand. The words are English (my native language) but they make no sense.

It seems to me the only people this ad will appeal to are those who are already homophobic beyond redemption. Thus, the ad was a HUGE waste of money. I think they should make about a hundred more. Until they run out of funds.

benreeder said...

If this wasn't so scary in its over the top "sincerity" I'd find it funny.

"We're afraid that by letting people who have different values share the rights we do, we'll lose our rights." What rights are being taken away? Oh, yeah, that one where you get to deny people equality because they don't believe in what you do.

Perish forbid these people ever have to let someone ELSE be happy. What were they thinking? Oh, wait...they weren't.

BuffySquirrel said...

Then again, something like this is welcome proof that MY brain hasn't entirely rotted....

Cathy in AK said...

The ideas are so muddled and contradictory, yet full of hate when they claim to be "coming together in love." What the...???

WandererInGray said...

I honestly can't get past NOM.

Nom nom nom nom. :D

(my word verification - I'm not kidding - nomsg)

guinwhyte said...

Now I'm hearing that they're starting a new initiative called "Two Million for Marriage," and in an effort to make it "hip," are going to refer to it as 2M4M. It wouldn't surprise me if this is true (especially after calling themselves NOM) -- the people pushing this are very out of touch with the intarwebz. The rest of us will be in the corner snickering. :P

Criss said...

guinwhyte,
Ha! That would explain this "placeholder" site: http://www.2m4m.org/ Two Men for Marriage.

Beaten to the punch!

christine tripp said...

I also haven't seen such a fashioned challenged group since the 60's, early 70's. Hum, might explain why their brains are still stuck in a time warp as well.

Annarkie said...

Its like people calling themselves "Pro-Life" then trying to bomb a Planned Parenthood

Rowenna said...

To be fair--many churches are concerned that they will be forced by civil suits to perform same-sex marriages even if it is against their beliefs. This may sound reactionary, but just a couple years ago a stationer was sued for refusing to print same-sex wedding invites. Personally, I say live and let live--gay marriage is fine by me, and so are churches refusing to perform them.

Alyssa Smith said...

Have you seen Colbert's response yet?

http://gawker.com/5216655/colbert-coalition-warns-of-giant-gay-storm?autoplay=true