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It's up! And awful

by Jeremy Hooper

Stay tuned for our response.

**UPDATE: Our response video.

**UPDATE 2: HRC's Joe Solmonese responds:

The only terrible consequence of marriage equality they’ve demonstrated so far is a gay blogger disagreeing with a beauty queen.

As far as my cameo, I appreciate them emphasizing my point that when debating the merits of this issue they only have lies on which to rely. While we believe in honoring all relationships, their relationship with the truth could use some help.

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Your thoughts

Well it's slightly better than Gathering Storm - but not by much. It's another flop.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Apr 30, 2009 8:18:23 AM

Definitely awful, but it's totally ridiculous to even hint that Perez Hilton is a gay marriage advocate. This whole controversy should be called the Battle of the Queens - the beauty versus the bitter old queen.

I'm certain that Hilton is younger than me, but he just seems old and worn out. I don't know why I feel that way.

Now about Carrie, I think she will eventually wish she hadn't defined herself this way. She will appeal to some people, but that group is getting smaller every year.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 30, 2009 8:31:02 AM

It didn't even make any sense. They never said how same sex marriage would affect small businesses etc. and frankly it was a pretty boring ad that would lose my attention pretty quickly. I thought Miss california would actually speak but they only used the clip from the pageant

Posted by: Ron | Apr 30, 2009 8:38:25 AM

I hope someone manages to track down the outtakes from this.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Apr 30, 2009 8:42:31 AM

I feel somewhat torn about this. True, most of the statements presented in the ad are either outright lies or truths completely twisted around, in such a way as to suit NOM's agenda. However, I'm honestly questioning this girl's role in everything -- is she entirely cognizant of all that her position entails, or mostly acting according to the lies that she's been constantly spoon-fed, told how she should behave and what she should say in order to be 'Godly?'

If the former is true, I have no sympathy whatsoever for her; if it's mainly the latter, however, it would set a new standard for the depths that the Religious Right is willing to lower itself, in order to accomplish its goals.

Posted by: Rhodanum | Apr 30, 2009 9:12:21 AM

Just saw her on TODAY, she's very good at repeating the robot like message (Protect marriage, protect marriage...danger Will Robinson...danger...) I'm still waiting for someone to define what marriage is to be "protected" from.

Posted by: Bob Miller | Apr 30, 2009 9:39:10 AM

I notice they edited out all of the "word salad" in her little speech. I assume that the future parodies will put them back in. They make her sound so much like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Fiona | Apr 30, 2009 9:45:55 AM

damn! I can't see it here at work!

outtakes, Rainbow Phoenix? I bet they're hilarious. There's probably a reason that she doesn't actually speak in this ad!

Posted by: keltic | Apr 30, 2009 9:54:31 AM

Thats it? Thats all they could come up with? NOM has no creativity at all.

Posted by: Sam | Apr 30, 2009 10:04:56 AM

I tend to think she's gotten caught up in the whole thing. Nobody is saying she doesn't have the right to her opinion. But to get involved with a right-wing ultra religious organization thats out to put an end to all same-sex marriages and take away rights of those in the states that allow it is another. The religious right loves to play the victim and partially because of Perez' response and their belief that he somehow is the spokesperson for the LGBT community, they've embraced her as the poor attacked christian who was just standing up for her beliefs...which after all represents the way the majority country already feels.
At the end of the day however, it's sad she couldn't just walk away from the whole thing and leave it with her answer at the pageant. But she's obviously a media whore gunning for the token blonde girl spot on Fox & Friends.

Posted by: Ron | Apr 30, 2009 10:17:46 AM

I was wondering which clip from Solmonese that they could possibly get any traction out of from that Hardball debate. And, the only one that they could find was actually more damaging to their cause than it could possibly have helped. I think it just underscores how comically disconnected from reality that Maggie truly is.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Apr 30, 2009 11:05:58 AM

Uh...that was utter crap.

Posted by: Rhea | Apr 30, 2009 11:29:49 AM

Joe Solmonese's response reminds me of an Ashton Kutchner phrase from "That 70s Show" - BURN!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: a. mcewen | Apr 30, 2009 11:42:04 AM

"But she's obviously a media whore gunning for the token blonde girl spot on Fox & Friends."

You mean they're going to replace Steve Doocy?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Anyhow...

Re: The ad.

I'm a little disappointed that it isn't as over-the-top crazy as the last one. No fake lightning, no token racial and ethnic minorities speaking in stereotypical accents. I think this one may be just a little to "bleh" to spark the same level of derision. Good thing it follows the last one and that they've already made themselves a national object of ridicule.

Posted by: PSUdain | Apr 30, 2009 12:48:45 PM

At least the last one was interesting to watch. Lightning bolts and a vengeful God and all that. This was just dull. They're never gonna scare anyone like this.

Posted by: baochan | Apr 30, 2009 2:38:46 PM


Perez Hilton forced YouTube to take it down citing copyright violation.

Posted by: Mike Tidmus | Apr 30, 2009 7:08:20 PM

Not a "ha" for me, I'm afraid. I think it's awful.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 30, 2009 7:19:47 PM

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