Thursday, June 11, 2015

This commercial will destroy civilisation

Be warned: If you watch the ad in the video above, you’ll be helping to destroy civilisation by letting the tide of moral decay sweep across the USA. You will also be destroying parenthood. Yippee!

Yesterday, I mocked Franklin Graham for being such a dimwit that he can’t even get his anti-gay boycotts right. The ad above is what caused him to decide to “boycott everything gay” as a way to “fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.” As we all know, he was a little too quick of the mark there, and picked a pro-LGBT bank. Oops.

Now we have prominent anti-gay bigot Tony Perkins of the anti-gay hate group “Family” Research [sic] Council [LOL] adding his 2 shillings worth (ol’ Tony’s a wee bit behind the times…). In two Tweets (via Joe.My.God.) he said the bank was “promoting intentionally fatherless w/no thought of the consequences of fatherlessness”. In full froth mode, he went on that maybe the bank “can tell us which parent is unnecessary for a child—a mother or a father?” That Tony is such a joker! Wait, he’s serious?!

Okay, here’s the thing: IT’S AN AD! If the USA’s far-right “Christian” radicals get this upset about a sweet little ad, they must have incredibly short anger triggers (apparently, about one minute…). Tony said the ad is promoting “fatherlessness”, which is odd: I always thought that banks were in the business of promoting, you know, banking. My mistake. I do wonder, though, if he realises that special needs children—including deaf and blind kids—are the hardest to place in adoptive homes.

What the ad actually depicts are two parents who are so committed to the job of being good parents that they learn sign language to communicate with a child who needs, and does not have, parents. Seems pretty obvious that those two parents would be a better option than no parent at all, but clearly the only option that Tony accepts is for the child to remain unadopted.

And Frank declaring that this sweet little ad is part of a “tide of moral decay” is seriously stupid. In fact, it’s so stupid that it’s likely to induce severe eye-rolls in normal people, causing them to see the back of their own heads.

The funniest part in all this is that the ad is six weeks old! But now the radical-right anti-gay industry is clutching their pearls over it? What took them so long? Or is this part of their effort to gin up “evidence” for their totally faked myth of how Christians are being “persecuted”?

Frank and Tony aren’t really stupid men—well, not as stupid as I make them sound in my mockery. They’re actually savvy far-right political activists pushing an extreme rightwing social agenda that mainstream society has already left behind. The only way they can hope to gain support for their dream of enshrining their anti-gay bigotry in law is if they can convince mainstream people that they’re somehow being “oppressed”. By an ad. And that’s why they’re shitting all over what is just a sweet ad for a bank.

And that’s fine with me, actually. Every time they launch into one of these anti-gay crusades it reminds mainstream Americans of how shallow, petty, mean-spirited, nasty, aggressive, and extremist the USA’s radical anti-gay industry really is. In the long run, that’s a good thing.

And that’s no joke.

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