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Weird, we didn't think the error messaging would come until the ad's debut

by Jeremy Hooper

So this may be nothing. But its worth noting that the websites for both Criswell Associates and Coyote Films, the two California companies that are working on Maine's forthcoming "Yes on 1" ad, are today displaying this same generic error page to incoming visitors:

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Criswell's site
Coyote's site

It's odd, because these are two different companies. And it's not like this is a standard error page. It's clear that there is some sort of connection, and that there was some coordinated reason for pulling both sites at the same time.

Again, it could be nothing. But when it comes to companies that are working towards our inequality, we're going to keep a sharp eye on all developments, both big and 404.


**More Net weirdness: Criswell has also removed their F'book page and closed their YouTube account.

**RELATED: Here are a couple more people who auditioned for the anti-gay ad. Perhaps we'll be seeing them soon:

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Your thoughts

I've seen that one before. I think it's a godaddy standard. Not 100%, though.

Posted by: Matt Algren | Sep 14, 2009 2:42:50 PM

Do we know when the ad will be debuted? I was under the impression that they would start airing this week.

Posted by: Adrian | Sep 14, 2009 2:48:13 PM

Probably because too many of us were asking them, "WTF!" I got their email addresses from their websites, and spent a half hour writing a firm, but cordial WTF email to them, and then my email crashed (god I hate Microsoft). After that I never got around to retyping it, but I would imagine that they have received a healthy number of less-than-supportive emails about their misguided decision to grab the low hanging NOM fruit.

Even in this economy, it's still somewhat incredulous that firms will attempt to stay alive by engaging in projects that may end up being their ultimate demise.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 14, 2009 3:02:19 PM

Carefull, next thing we know they will be "blameing" us for what ever the problems are.

Posted by: Bob Miller | Sep 14, 2009 5:22:51 PM

I couldn't tell, were they the "workin' waitress" types, or the "schoolmarm"? I could see the second one as a "street walkin'" type, and the first one as a "MYLF" type (Y=you'd because I'd not be interested), but they don't look like they fit either of the other "types".

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 14, 2009 5:49:17 PM

They could also have defaulted on their payments or perhaps a check bounced. Interestingly, there is an additional paragraph on the Criswell site:

If you are the owner of this web site you have not uploaded (or incorrectly uploaded) your web site. For information on uploading your web site using FTP client software or web design software, click here for FTP Upload Information.

Perhaps they just royally screwed up their sites with some bad code?

Posted by: Xaocoh | Sep 14, 2009 6:08:50 PM

Anything's possible, Xaocoh. But since Criswell also pulled their YouTube and F'book pages, I'm thinking there's more to it.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 14, 2009 6:19:04 PM


I am confused about something. How do you know that the two women in the above-embedded videos have auditioned for the Yes on 1 ad? The videos themselves are not Yes on 1 audition tapes, so I don't see how you could know that these actresses are going for the anti-gay gig.

If you tell me that you have sources from the auditions themselves, I will have to bow down and praise you!

Posted by: Steven | Sep 14, 2009 11:14:51 PM

Maybe their web hosting company is gay friendly and dropped their site from the internet.

They realised they were being discriminatory and removed the rest of their web presence.


The members of the advert came out!


God finally stepped in to what was being done in his name and smote them, removing all presence.

I can dream, I suppose.

Posted by: Corvidae | Sep 15, 2009 3:40:46 AM

Steven: It's become common knowledge in gay rights circles that this "measure 10" script is the one that is being used to audition potentials in Maine. This came from good old fashioned detective work from myself and others (MAJOR hat tip to Chino Blanco).

Everyone who's been going through NE Casting (more here: http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2009/09/headshots-for-a-potential-body-blow-meet-the-dude-whos-casting-mes-anti-equality-spot.html) is using that script, and is being told to post their auditions online.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 15, 2009 4:45:52 AM

You. Are. Awesome!

Posted by: Steven | Sep 15, 2009 9:47:44 PM

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