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Video: We enlist in the Quiet-NOM War

by Jeremy Hooper

We've responded to NOM's new ad:

*Here's the original NOM ad again, for comparison:

*EARLIER: Our take on NOM's radio ads.

*UPDATE: This video was just the beginning of a horrible month for NOM (even if they deny it, acting as if all attention is good attention).

Here are just some of the subsequent developments:

-NOM's embarassing casting tapes.
denies comments.
supports 2M4M.
-NOM is
despised by YouTube community, receiving parody after parody after parody.
-NOM is unpopular
even on their own Facebook page.
forfeits chance to defend their failure of an ad.
overextends their copyright.
-NOM's Brian Brown
forfeits chance to defend self.
-NOM issues a "fact sheet" that
only gets the "sheet" part right.
-NOM's Maggie Gallagher
compares self to Vaclav Havel.
-NOM is cited by Frank Rich as
a death knell for the anti-gay movement.
-Despite all this, NOM
claims that their ad is a "success."
-NOM has a board member who once suggested Americans should
"destroy" their gay-accepting government.
-Then they ratchet up the absurdity one more notch and actually
"thank" Stephen Colbert for viciously skewering them. Plus their PR person, Mary Beth Hutchins, tweets even more denial our way.
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Your thoughts

I think my fifteen year old sister can put it better: "I like how this (the nom advert) has no sources. It makes it easier to disagree with."

No one with half a brain will believe their advert, but I would like to say its got quite good form, "A storm is COMING.." they totally ruin it by saying it's marriage equality that is the storm. I may reuse the feel of the advert for something more exciting.

Posted by: corvidae | Apr 8, 2009 12:02:05 PM

The blue lightning bolts are a nice touch! Good choice on music as well, a Weather Girls soundtrack probably would have been over the top??

Posted by: Dick Mills | Apr 8, 2009 12:14:38 PM

LOL @ Dick. Weather Girls are cool, but ....

Nice Job!!

Posted by: Taylor Siluwé | Apr 8, 2009 12:38:24 PM

Thank you for debunking the ad. BTW, I still question where NOM is getting the money to run all these ads. It isn't cheap to do so.

Here's the thing, I'm on their mailing list. I know the average bulk mailing is around 50,000 pieces. And if the response rate holds, it costs them $20,000 to get $30,000.

So where is the money coming from?

To make matters worse, our Governor here in Rhode Island, Don "The Asshole" Carcieri held a press conference with NOM. The son of a bitch actually had the gall to say that marriage equality wasn't a civil rights issue.

I so want to setup an appointment with the Governor and ask him if he even bothers to read the Constitution he swore to protect and defend.

Posted by: Tony P | Apr 8, 2009 1:54:08 PM

Coming together in love - I call bullshit. It's more like coming together in hate. carvidae, it's my opinion that there are a lot of people with half brains running around.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 8, 2009 3:07:08 PM

Good rebuttal video, G-A-Y!

Posted by: Scott | Apr 8, 2009 3:20:31 PM

I just watched the ad. How vile and disgusting. But no lie can live forever. Great rebuttal! Go Iowa, Go Vermont!

Posted by: Esther | Apr 8, 2009 4:20:54 PM

Make a shorter rebuttal video for grassroots activists to circulate please.

Posted by: Judy Hotchkiss | Apr 8, 2009 4:26:38 PM

Nice job, especially with the "it doesn't take a legal scholar..." part.

Our opponents are making it sound like we're going to interrupt their Sunday services and demand that they vacate the premises (unless they want to attend a ceremony officiated by a drag queen and soundtracked by ABBA, of course). :)

Posted by: Tom | Apr 8, 2009 4:40:43 PM

This ad campaign cost them 1.5 MILLION dollars...
I don't know where they get it from either... could it be the Mormon church that they're funded by?
I don't understand how a group that has their entire belief system set on the need to get married an have children can block anyone from getting married...

Posted by: BRS | Apr 8, 2009 8:30:13 PM

GREAT rebuttal, Jeremy. Thanks for doing this in such a timely fashion, and with such honesty!

The whole Christian Victim routine rings SO utterly hollow. For starters, followers of Christ are NEVER victims. It makes one wonder if they even read the gospel they profess to follow??? I am a (liberal) Christian myself - and it sickens me when these people go off on a tirade about how oppressed they are. They just plain DON'T GET the Good News that Jesus brought.

Keep up the great work!
Bless you!

Posted by: Chalice | Apr 8, 2009 11:39:28 PM

jesus died for everyone
it's people who make a mockery of his name
people like this, who claim to be innocent christians just going about their lives.
all sins are the same in God's eyes, and JUDGING people is a SIN! yes of course we all do it, but to be so harsh in our judgments that the happiness of many is taken, its just disgusting.
live up to the golden rule "love your neighbor as yourself" or "do to others what you would have them do to you"

Posted by: elle | Apr 9, 2009 5:25:15 PM

Here's another (very funny) parody of the NOM ad:

Posted by: Coxygru | Apr 12, 2009 1:53:18 PM

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