The National Organization of Marriage (NOM) was offended by a Funny or Die production showcasing a satirical skit in the style of 1950s and 60s educational videos poking fun at marriage equality opponents. The anti-gay organization has posted a petition on their blog in condemnation of the video, and seeks to raise funds in the process.
“This video is unbridled hatred and bigotry towards people like you and me who believe in marriage,” NOM Spokesperson Brian Brown wrote on the site’s blog.
“Some gay marriage activists clearly believe their own propaganda that gay marriage is inevitable, and now they are no longer attempting to hide their loathing and hatred of good people like you and me who simply believe marriage is the unique and special union of husband and wife.”
Mocking the 1961 propaganda film “Boys Beware” about “predatory homosexuals,” the video features out celebrities Brad Goreski, George Takei and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
“There is one person living on this street whose orientation threatens to destroy society… What you can’t tell about Dale is that he’s sick,” Takei narrated in the video. “He opposes marriage equality. Dale looks normal, but he gives off clues of his prejudice with buzzwords like ‘pro-family,’ ‘traditional marriage’ or ‘pole-smoker.’”
On their blog, NOM is asking “marriage traditionalists” to donate $35 to $500 to “protect marriage.”
“Dale is a sick, bigoted, ignorant, drunken, hypocritical, fill-in-the-blank,” Brown ranted. “But you see, the producers of this video want your friends, family and the rest of society to believe that you are Dale.”
NOM missed the point of the video, targeting the character Dale as the overall message of change.
The film more so mocks propaganda and anti-equality supporters who use phrases like “pro-gay” to sound less bigoted, as well as the hypocrisy related to divorce among heterosexual couples associated with NOM.
Takei ends the video by discussing a satirical cure to anti-LGBT sentiments – like buying a bowtie, meeting a gay person or watching a Broadway musical.
“The most important thing to remember when dealing with people who don’t support marriage equality is to be kind,” Takei concluded. “They’re most likely hiding their own homosexuality. Besides, these people don’t know they’re being assholes.”