I think it's quite clear to everyone by now that any time the right accuses us of something, it means that they're just projecting their own moral failings on everyone else. Apparently that includes child exploitation. Here's a new ad running in New Hampshire by NOM and CPR.
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NOM's gotten some attention for their ridiculous ads, including the "Gathering Storm" and that other one with Miss California. CPR burst onto the national scene the other day with their ridiculous claim that they polled everyone in New Hampshire and found out they don't like the idea of two ladies or two dudes marrying, making them a homophobic organization that even Focus on the Family distanced themselves from.
None of that prevents them from buying ad time, of course. This ad is set to run as the Governor has said that he'll veto the current bill to legalize same-sex marriage in that state but sign another one with large exemptions for religious organizations.
I'm struck by the blatant exploitation of children in this ad as they were clearly fed lines meant to stir up conservative resentment of "teh culture." Let's look a little more closely at some of the lines.
The first boy's statement doesn't make much sense: "Grandma, my teacher says that if grandpa was a girl, that's OK, you can still be married." I know it's meant to reference kids in school being taught by college-educated, elitist, latte-drinking and Ward Churchill-reading, unioned teachers who think they know better than a kid's god-damn parents how to grumble grumble... that being gay is OK, but that seems like a bizarrely particular case for that teacher to be discussing in class.
Although that does show who the target audience of this ad is. Makes sense; who else is going to repeat-dial the governor over this?
"God created Adam and Eve? That's so old-fashioned." Because if gay marriage happens, the kids today are going to be even snootier about their twitters and MySpaces and Britney Spears and color TV's....
"He should of created Anna and Eve." Because "It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" would just be a throw-back to protesters manifesting against gays in the late 80's/early 90's as they complain that their tax dollars are going to things like HIV research. It's creative touches like these that set NOM's ads apart from the rest of the pack.
But the last kid takes the cake: "I'm confused." What's that even supposed to mean? I remember being a little kid, and I don't think that I or any of my friends were all that confused about anything. We thought we knew and understood the whole world, even though we were pretty stupid. Even when I had questions about pretty basic issues, I never said to my parents: "I'm confused." The idea of being "confused" just because I don't understand something was foreign.
And what's there to be confused about? A few kids will have two moms or two dads, and there are already kids like that now. Kids aren't born thinking that the only way to form a family is the heterosexual, Norman Rockwell-esque nuclear family, and they'll just think it's a normal part of the world.
No, they mean "confused" more along the lines of when parents say their kids are "confused" when they come out. It's "gender confusion," not intellectual confusion. That's the only way that kid's statement makes sense, and it's the most obvious reading of that statement by the target audience since they still use euphemisms like "confused."
And for that implication that same-sex marriage will turn little kids gay, NOM and CPR have put themselves below the Yes on 8 Campaign. Seriously, I don't think that those Californians would have sunk to this level.