You may have seen the following ad, whilst watching American Idol or Raising Hope, or some other network program:
And you may have noticed that the (very handsome, hot-legged) man in the ad turns out to be (surprise!) gay at the end. The ad is cute, and the twist is sort of novel for a mainstream company like Amazon, but overall, it is a very tame commercial.
Well the (very likely over-counted) One Million Moms have got their panties in a twist, and are calling for a boycott or a reshoot of the ad, or some such nonsense. Because (GASP!) kids might see it! Now, maybe I'm missing it, but watch the ad again. . .did you see any gay sex there? Were the two gay men even within spitting distance of each other? Could you even tell which of the other two guys was the man's husband? No. The Kindle ad merely presents a reality, that there are some guys out there who are married to other guys. It is a fact of life, everybody, like it or not. The commercial does not "promote" homosexuality (were such a thing even possible), it doesn't glorify the guy sex, and it doesn't portray gay marriage in a "positive light," but rather a matter-of-fact, neutral one.
As a gay forty-something, I found the ad refreshing (if a little goofy). Because--and listen up, less than a million moms--I've been a consumer of TV, movies, magazines and other media for most of my life, and I've seen an infinite number of heterosexual couples portrayed in much more graphic terms. Where kids can see!
One Million Moms concerned gay Kindle is the ruination of America
I knew without a doubt that this gay-friendly commercial would cheese off all the right people. I have been checking the One Million Moms website everyday since this commercial was first released. It took them a while, but true to form, today they went full on scold mode and are threatening a boycott of Amazon. . .
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