An Adshel poster in Brisbane has been taken down after complaints about its content. The ads are for a Healthy Communities initiative, aimed at getting more young homosexual men to use condoms and practise safe sex. If you haven’t seen them you are probably wondering what was in these ads to cause so much outrage. Well, prepare to be shocked – they showed a young man hugging another young man and about to kiss him on the neck. The young man doing the hugging is holding a red condom packet in his hand and the slogan is “Rip and Roll”. Shocking isn’t it? Apparently, according to Family First, that is foreplay.
A number of the complaints have raised the idea that children shouldn’t be seeing this type of thing. Won’t some one think of the children? Flying Spaghetti Monster forbid that they might ask what those men are doing? Flying Spaghetti Monster forbid that there might just be a child out there who for the first time thinks “I’m like them, I’m okay. There must be other people like me out there. I’m not weird, I’m not sinful, I’m just me.” Because we wouldn’t want that happening now would we?
My response to some of the complaints regarding this ad:
“It presexualises children” – unlike clothing for young girls which just sexualises them.
“It encourages homosexuality” – by showing children who may be homosexual/queer/anything other than het that there are indeed homosexual people in the world and children who are het that it’s okay not to be het.
“I find it offensive…and the man is wearing a cross” – maybe he finds your version of Christianity offensive and prefers his own?
“…promoting this lifestyle…” – oh FFS…because if everyone shuts up about it and never speaks of it it will just go away. Yeah, nup.
I could go on but I won’t. I’m sure you get the picture.
The other thing that makes me want to SMASH today:
Anti-abortion protesters filming people attending clinics. Apparently it is not illegal. They claim that the footage is to protect them against violence. Two things: a) if it’s that dangerous, don’t do it. Go and volunteer at a charity that helps youth on the streets or single parents or something. Look after children that already exist and desperately need your help.
Or b) have the camera focussed on yourselves. You will still be able to film any potential violence against you, but without invading the privacy of others.