[Andy Szekeres is a political consultant from Denver who specializes in LGBT ballot measures and progressive candidates and causes.]
I wrote a while back about the fact that sometimes even the folks with best intentions can make mistakes in how they go about activism.
Well, today the National Organization of Marriage has launched a major fundraising campaign based on just this fact that we are using kids to promote our message.
As you can see below they have gone full court press with this message using it to turn parents, grandparents and family members against us because we have picked the wrong messengers for our cause. Here is just part of the blog post.
Help Stop Radical SSM Activists Obscenity-Laden Attempt to Corrupt our Children
Radical activists have released an angry and degrading new video that they are using to garner publicity and raise money for same-sex marriage advocacy. Already watched by nearly 2 million people, the 2-minute video is laced with dozens of angry obscenities, even putting obscene language in the mouths of 8 and 10-year-old kids.
Words fail me in trying to describe it . . . it’s vile, sickening and incredibly sad to see the way these children have been exploited for cheap shock value. I find myself thinking – is this the kind of thing they want to teach our children?
I will let it speak for itself. Sometimes hindsight is bliss, and sometimes it’s just smarter not to give our enemy more ammo to use against us.
[Editor’s note: Since Andy’s first post about FCKH8, they have released a second video—the one referenced in the NOM fundraiser. It features a cameo by popular web persona Kelly of “Shoes,” and raises money for The Trevor Project. (The first video apparently raised over $200,000 that went to help support AFER, Equality California, Courage Campaign, and Lambda Legal.) I’ve included it below for your consideration.]