Alex Blaze

Protest Optics, Explained

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 24, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: brian brown, louis marinelli, NOM, photo, protest

I've written before about how homophobes go to LGBT protests looking to take pictures and video of queer people looking as mean as possible, even shouting "faggot" at people and then taking pictures without explaining what caused the gay person to get angry. It's an old schtick for them, and now there's proof that it's an organized tactic.

funny pictures of cats with captionsLouis Marinelli, the NOM organizer who defected, has stories and emails about how Brian Brown and other NOM staffers were specifically looking for "crazy" pictures of LGBT people when they took their bus tour last year.

What you don't know is that in an e-mail I received from Brian Brown, he essentially instructed me to specifically take 'crazy' photos of gays and lesbians. His short and to the point e-mail dated July 19, 2010 wrote:

I need crazy pictures of our opponents.

What is particularly necessary to point out is that his call for 'crazy photos' of NOM's opponents was in response to an e-mail I sent to him six minutes earlier that simply wrote: "Here is a picture of our supporters before the protesters arrived."

He also explains how a silent protesters got morphed into "bullies":

NOM7.jpgIn Albany, counter-protesters arrived at our rally with rainbow umbrellas and were silent. As you can see from the photo I took, the counter-protesters had their backs to us. They were giving us the silent treatment, so to say, to get their message across. Yet the National Organization for Marriage had this to say about them on their blog:

...they sure showed their true colors as intolerant, inconsiderate bullies who shout down and insult anyone who disagrees with them, including women and children.

Later in that same blog post, they referred to the silent counter-protesters as militant before moving onto the rally that took place in Providence, Rhode Island.

One thing I remember about the NOM rallies last year was how few people turned out. It turns out their strategy backfired, according to an email from some higher-up NOM staffers:

ALSO, for both photos and video, we want the crowds to look as big as possible. We got feedback that people are afraid to come out to the stops actually, which is really a shame because they're afraid of what the protestors may do.

Well, there ya go. If you go to protest NOM or counterprotest a homophobic rally, go in the spirit of Jesus or Buddha or any calm, mature person you need to think of who'd turn the other cheek. Whether or not this means fewer people show up at a given rally isn't as important as the priceless photos and videos of evil gays that'll be shown several hundred times on Fox News.

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I ♥ that graphic. Photo's good too. Where'd you get them?

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