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11 responses to “How to do a homophobic political ad”

  1. Mindy

    OMG. I really hope that Katter’s party gets whomped and go away with their tail between their legs. We do not need that crap.

  2. blue milk

    And conservative pundit, Andrew Bolt has a go at Katter’s homophobic ad. Good.

  3. Kim

    Great post, Blue Milk. Linking on facebook.

  4. Aqua of the Questioners

    Even if I wasn’t a strong supporter of marriage equality, that style of ad is guaranteed to make me think less of the people who made it. Yuck!

  5. tree

    this ad is actually a very effective marketing tool for campbell newman in a way. not sure how to vote? wonder which candidate is pro gay-marriage? look, it’s campbell newman!

    notice how everyone in that ad appears to be white, too.

  6. Aqua of the Questioners

    @tree: sadly, this isn’t true. Campbell Newman may personally be for same sex marriage, but his party platform is that the recent Qld civil union legislation will be overturned if they come into power.

    Supposedly, this is an ad about how two-faced and vacillating CN is. The fact that it just looks like rampant homophobia to anyone who doesn’t know the background, is, I’m sure purely accidental.

  7. Tee

    A horrible sideline is Wendy Francis (Australian Christian Lobby director) who is apparently “surprised” by the response:

    “I’m not sure why they find it offensive. I was watching it myself on TV this morning, saying ‘What is it that the gay activists actually find offensive?’,” she said.

    Why the faux innocence and disingenuousness when she knows very well? Truly awful.

  8. Aqua of the Questioners

    Also, we’re supposed to believe these photos of this gay couple are the same as (or easily mistaken for) a quite different photo of another gay couple, the one featured in the Rip and Roll campaign. Puh-lease.

    (a photo Wendy Francis or her ilk were strongly opposed to, as harmful to poor school children who might have to look at it. Whereas she has no concern about the effect of this ad – or is it only shown after bedtime?)

  9. Li

    The mystery pixellation is actually my favourite part just because it’s so unclear what it’s meant to be hiding without seeing the original images. It just triggers the imagination so well. We had an extensive guessing competition to try to figure it out. A wedding dress? A polar bear cub? Nipple tassels?

    No! Breasts and a belly!

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