Sunday, July 20, 2008

False advertising


A South Carolina gay rights group is soliciting donations to pay for a $5,000 tourism campaign that proclaimed "South Carolina is so gay." The campaign, which included posters in the London subway system during a recent gay pride festival there, originally was approved for public funding by a South Carolina tourism agency employee, but when the campaign became public and higher-ups started getting flak from legislators and the governor's office, the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism refused to foot the bill. The State newspaper in Columbia, the state capital, quoted a spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford as saying the use of public funds to promote a social agenda was not appropriate. Even though I'm a supporter of gay rights, including the right for gay people to marry, I have to agree with the governor's office on this one. But even if you think such an expenditure is appropriate, there's the factual issue. I lived in South Carolina and have been to every corner of the state, and I can tell you that outside of Charleston (shown above) and, to a lesser extent, Columbia and the Myrtle Beach area (but not during Bike Week), South Carolina is not "so gay." In fact, there are a lot of places in the Palmetto State where being openly gay could get you an ass-whippin', or worse. The "so gay" designation would best be used in places like San Francisco, where it really, really applies.

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Blogger PRIguy said...

I too support gay rights, but this ad campaign could be deemed by some as divisive and exclusionary. I'm speaking tongue in cheek, of course, but it's not that far off the mark.

Consider:
South Carolina - we loooove pedophiles. Free teddy bears and candy included in your tourist kit.

South Carolina - the KKK welcomes you. But not blacks, Jews, or Catholics. Free gasoline-soaked cross and matches in your tourist kit.

South Carolina - black people come here because there ain't that many white folk.

Let these campaigns beckon ALL to the state. People tend to gravitate toward their own kind anyway, so spending extra money to attract a particular group makes no sense and only invites trouble.

July 20, 2008 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pennsylvania Roads: Permanent inconvenience, temporary improvement.

July 21, 2008 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

SC is so gay... well, that is the gayest thing I have heard since my boyfriend asked me to go see Mama Mia!

-ellipses

July 21, 2008 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Captain said...

Does not the definition of gay imply -- happiness, contentment? Why would that be such a bad slogan? But of course they had a different intent!

As for supporting gay rights, I cannot say I am very supportive. I was raised in a very religious home and those beliefs still linger with me today.

I can say that if you are gay it is your choice. I dont have to like or agree with it. But I dont believe it should be okay to shove it in my face or my space or be forced to approve of your choices. I dont believe you being gay deserves you to be "bashed" but I also believe this country was founded on the ideals of freedoms. I cant however recall seeing or reading homosexuality as one of those freedoms.

Now, I have relatives who have "come out" on both sides of the genders -- I as a man am more open to a lesbian relationship than a gay relationship. That would make sense to most men I suppose. But one thing that strikes me hard is the extreme fashion with which gay and lesbians often (not all) push upon society that you must accept me no matter what. I would call that "Liberaceism" as the flambouyancy is not always welcomed.

Has anyone read the case of the 15 year old in Texas I believe who was killed earlier this year (April) by a young boy named Brandon after he lavishly proclaimed his gayness, his affection towards Brandon and dressed as a female? I think this is only the beginning of actions against gays, especially those who are very young and dont understand the enormous complexities that surely must go along with such declarations. I dont condone the killings or beatings as I feel they are hate crimes.

But i can understand the uncomfortable anxiety being around those who are so lavish. Those of my friends and acquaintenances who are gay have been very modest yet very open about their lifestyle. But they do not shove it in anybodys face who is not completely comfortable. they have class, integrity and a morality (perhaps a dichotomy)about their life choices. People say its due to ones uncertainty with their own sexuality. I would disagree. But I have no proof other than my own convictions and beliefs and experiences being around those of an alternative lifestyle.

July 23, 2008 at 7:51 PM  

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