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Video: Challenging one f-word with another? Some do

by Jeremy Hooper

The maker of the following video called on anyone who's been the victim of online hate to join in on a collaborative YouTube effort. The finished product won't be for everyone -- in fact, it's not something we would ever make. But it does speak to a certain sense of fed-uppiness that exists within a modern youth population that refuses to suffer through persecuted lives. Consider:

(NSF-Offices that frown on the F-word or finger-birds)


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I see they included the popsickle sucking "sexual orientation." ;)

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | May 6, 2009 12:53:07 PM

Really? is it really such a problem to make a video like this? I guess I count as "young" (21) and, I dunno, I feel in complete agreement with the sentiment. I'm tired of hearing people talking about the merits of gay marriage and constantly hearing the hate speech of preachers. In HS, though I wasn't out, there was rampant underground homophobia (in an extremely liberal school) and it sucked.

Yet now that the gay movement has "matured," we have to be nice and friendly and try to mainstream ourselves. And we have to care about these really adult issues, like gay marriage, that I care about on a more abstract level (because they'll lead to more civil rights for gays) but not on a personal level (except that people are telling me I'm wrong). Why can't we tell this new generation of bigots to fuck off? Isn't that what the older generation did? It's harder to have a community when you have to be friendly and accepting all the time. So many of my friends are just okay with allowing other people to pick up the slack--I think we need to inject a bit more energy and a bit more combativeness. We're still a minority that suffers daily discrimination: can't we joke around and not always take the moral high ground?

Granted, I think that some of the excesses of the post-Prop8 protests were unwarranted (e.g. gays destroying a cross while all fired up) but why can't we have a bit of anger?

Posted by: George | May 6, 2009 8:24:52 PM

George: Don't get me wrong -- I'm in full support of people getting together and letting their frustrations/anger come out in any civil, peaceful way that they wish. And that's what I see happening in this cheeky vid.

I was just saying that the video would never be the instinctual response of this site, and that it's certain to rile some people with its approach.

But overall, I (and by extension, this site) am open to many, many different flavors of activism, many of which may or may not be exactly what I/this site would do. And I watch younger crowds (I'm only 29, btw) with great interest, as there has been such a HUGE tone shift in recent years, some of which is eye-opening to even those of us who were in high school not so long ago.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 6, 2009 9:36:22 PM

So brilliant I had to watch it twice :D

Posted by: Callie | May 6, 2009 10:14:07 PM

Well I'm WAY past 29 and I say that video is a delight- smart, catchy, fun, and nicely made. Who made it?

Posted by: emjayay | May 6, 2009 10:44:21 PM

emjayay: Here's the explanation behind its creation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQnoITZf9nY

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 6, 2009 10:52:31 PM

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