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04/29/2009

Next NOM vid: Less stormy, more Solmonese-y

by Jeremy Hooper

We don't know what, exactly, the National Organization for Marriage's new Carrie Prejean ad is going to entail. But we do know that it's going to feature Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.

A video, set to private, was up on NOM's YouTube page for a brief time tonight. Here's how the screen cap looked:

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We'll have to wait until tomorrow's press conference to see what sort of brilliance they've come up with. But in the meantime: Who can do a nice Joe impression for the inevitable parodies that will follow?

**UPDATE: We found more images from the vid:

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Ooh, what's that scary document all about? This is fun. Like Clue.

***MORE, MORE MORE: We found a page promoting the ad buried deep on NOM's website. It's dated for tomorrow, and tells us pretty much what we can expect to see. Alas, they only have holder text in place for where the video will be:

Joined by Carrie Prejean, the now-famous beauty contestant who lost her crown when she spoke up for marriage, the National Organization for Marriage today launched the second in a series of television ads to be released as part of NOM's ongoing Religious Liberty Ad Campaign. The new ad, "No Offense," opens with footage of Ms. Prejean's response to a question she was asked regarding same-sex marriage during the Miss USA competition on April 19, 2009. The ad highlights the efforts of same-sex marriage activists to silence and discredit pro-marriage advocates, calling them "liars," "bigots," and worse. Over the protests of gay marriage advocates, a group of prominent religious liberty scholars (including scholars both for and against same-sex marriage) recently warned the Connecticut legislature that a bill codifying the state supreme court's ruling on same-sex marriage raised the potential of "widespread and devastating" effects for religious liberty, if robust exemptions were not provided for faith groups and religious organizations. [Click here for more information.]

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In response to blogger Perez Hilton's outrageous and demeaning comments directed toward Miss California, more and more Americans are beginning to recognize that tolerance is a one-way street for many gay marriage advocates. Even Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese was unwilling to give an inch when pressed to support conscience protections for churches and other religious organizations.

This is a message the American people need to know. Same-sex marriage isn't about what two people do in the privacy of their own home. It's about the definition of marriage that the government imposes on all of us -- and it will affect the rights of millions of Americans to live and worship as they choose.
NOM Launches "No Offense" Religious Liberty Ad Campaign! [NOM]

This will be the ad, once they un-private it:

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Your thoughts

I hate to say it, but I think that the best person for the parody to play Prejean would be Perez Hilton in tacky drag. I think Kathy Bates would make a brilliant Maggie Gallagher in man-drag playing Joe.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Apr 29, 2009 10:33:58 PM

Did Solmonese say anything about Prejean?

Posted by: a. mcewen | Apr 29, 2009 10:35:09 PM

Ok, so the last line...it's about the definition of marriage that the government imposes on all of us.

Wow, I so agree with that. It's about whether the rights and privileges granted under marriage as it's currently defined should be expanded to include all (or at least more) of us.

Secondly, while they mention the backlash against Perez Hilton (which I wonder how badly that has effected the gay rights movement) they fail to acknowledge the backlash against their last video, which certainly hurt their movement.

While I cannot wait for the parodies of this commercial, I'm more looking forward to the commercial itself. It's sure to be enough of a self parody unintentionally and funnier than any of the spin offs can even hope to be.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 29, 2009 11:22:42 PM

No, Alvin. I expect them to use joe as one of the "angry activists" who have been just oh so mean to nice lil' "no offense" Carrie.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 29, 2009 11:22:53 PM

I had to chuckle at Dick Mills' comment. Too funny!

That said, I bet this one is a one star wonder for NOM too. BTW, I note that NPR hasn't issued a takedown for one of NOMs videos that was nothing but an NPR show.

Posted by: Tony P | Apr 29, 2009 11:27:01 PM

Perez in a white string bikini and tiara.

Posted by: Mike Tidmus | Apr 29, 2009 11:44:18 PM

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