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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Google Chrome, It Gets Better, ESPN, and a Little Boy in Missouri Who Has Two Daddies

Posted by on Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Posted last night to the "It Gets Better" Facebook page:


And that's why we agreed to do this ad campaign. (And, yes, Google's "It Gets Better" ad ran yesterday during an NBA playoff game. Thanks, Google, for getting it.)


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emma's bee 1
That's beautiful.
Posted by emma's bee on May 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 2
Tony Perkins to announce boycott of Google in 3, 2, 1...
Posted by Reverse Polarity on May 7, 2011 at 9:47 AM · Report this
ballard dude 3
Strong work Dan and Terry!
Posted by ballard dude on May 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 4
"Buckle of the Bible Belt" - is that really Springfield's motto? or is he just being cute/funny like a writer for the Stranger?
Posted by dnt trust me on May 7, 2011 at 10:04 AM · Report this
despicable me 5
How wonderful! I'm so glad to see the IGBP get national, primetime attention.

Please do your part, give someone 2 minutes of your time and help make it better for everyone!Thanks.
Posted by despicable me on May 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Vince 6
Haters are losers! Hooray!
Posted by Vince on May 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM · Report this
That is so sweet! I tend to forget how so many Americans' childrearing weekend routines don't involve nibbling truffle-oil fries at Smith while Hey Marseilles plays over the Muzak, but just watching TV together at a warehouse-club retail snack bar, in this case in the Ozarks.

And a reminder that the attitudes of those kids' playmates toward what's inside the box vs. outside is very much shaped by what corporate commercials show them about the world. Google's need to bolster its browser share with commercial-TV ad buys couldn't have come at a better time.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Canuck 8
That's such a big thing, isn't it? Seeing yourself mirrored in other people ("I'm in love, oh look, there's an in-love couple on that hallmark ad," etc.), which gays and lesbians, and the kids of gays and lesbians, don't get to see enough. Whatever the percentage is (1 in 8? 1 in 10? 1 in 20?), I'd like to see 10%, or whatever, of all of the couples and families that we see in ads and on TV as same-sex couples and families. Your Chrome ad is one huge step in the direction of normalizing all orientations to the point that someday it won't need to be remarked upon.
Posted by Canuck on May 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Canuck 9
(I almost tagged my comment with "Get out of bed, gus!" Uh, I mean, "Good morning!")
Posted by Canuck on May 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM · Report this
No, you'd be right, Canuck - finally eating breakfast now. Devoured "Stonewall Uprising" online last night, and it underscores so strongly what you were saying about it yesterday and what you mention here too - in the old days not only was there no kind of role modeling available in the culture or media for LGBT youth, what there was occurred only--only--in the context of talking about punishment for criminality, for deviance, for mental illness.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 7, 2011 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Canuck 11
It was pretty powerful, wasn't it? I knew it was worse back then, but I didn't have any idea about the degree to which they pathologized it. It breaks my heart to think of the gays kids in that classroom, listening to that police officer--knowing, of course, that that very same lecture will occur in churches across North America tomorrow. Very sobering. And heartening to see the IGBP/Chrome, now.
Posted by Canuck on May 7, 2011 at 10:57 AM · Report this
OuterCow 12
Posted by OuterCow on May 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Posted by Adrian Ryan on May 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Ophian 14
IGBP during NBA, NOM's facebook page defected to the marriage equality side a few weeks ago, the slow but persistent poll trends and legal advances [I'm looking at you Perry V Schwarzenegger] is only a matter of time.

I'm looking forward to watching the Stonewall doc, but it sounds like I'll have to have some uplifting "GLBT win" on hand to wash it down.
Posted by Ophian on May 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM · Report this
@10 &11

I saw Stonewall Uprising first at the NW Film Forum, then I re-watched it on KCTS a week later. Great film, that should be shown in every school.
Posted by Merchant Seaman on May 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM · Report this
BEG 16

And Stonewall Uprising -- yes & yes
Posted by BEG!/browneyedgirl65 on May 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Report this
@14, yeah, see @15 - truly, a wonderful and uplifting film. Canuck was noting that it could be tough for younger gay kids to watch if they're easily frightened, and I can see that. But I don't see anyone coming away without a feeling of relief, and joy. I'd describe why but don't dare spoil it.

And not just joy, but such gratitude, too, for the men and women who got all this started. They weren't outsiders just to the straight culture, but from the leading gay culture of the time, too. They were considered the little people, the nobodies, throwaways. And today thanks to the work of historians, as we stand on their shoulders we realize what giants they were.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM · Report this
This is sooo awesome!

(are we past the pity stage?)

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
we first endure, then pity, then embrace.

surely we've reached Gommorah?
Posted by come give us a big hug!!! on May 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Canuck 19
Ophian, as gus said, it has an incredible, powerful message of hope, ultimately. My concern, as gus also said, was that for teens, they may not have the perspective, or enough self-esteem (what teen does?) to watch certain parts without internalizing it.

I loved the woman who, after the riots, said, "What about a parade?"
Posted by Canuck on May 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM · Report this
where can we go to see the ad?
Posted by Caralain on May 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM · Report this
was it a laker's playoff game?

yeah that check came from kobe's account, not google
Posted by Swearengen on May 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM · Report this
@20, youtube.
Posted by diane b on May 7, 2011 at 1:59 PM · Report this

Sure, it gets better for almost everyone...except for heterosexual dudes who don't want to be physically assaulted. Then it gets worse. And in fact, SLOG, encourages the sexual assaults and blames the victim.

So which side do you stand on, Mr. Savage? When it comes turn to apply justice for all? Shouldn't you take a stand against David Schmader? Shouldn't you support the right of heterosexual men not to be harassed physically?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 7, 2011 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Jason58A 24
@23, what in the name of fucking nonexistent god are you trolling about?

Posted by Jason58A on May 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM · Report this
@23 If you're posting SLOG comments as a form of therapy it's clearly not working.
Posted by Emilio Ballardo on May 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM · Report this
cyranothe2nd 26
BRB, grabbing tissue... ;__;
Posted by cyranothe2nd on May 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM · Report this
STS 27
@4 I grew up in Springfield, and most of the citizens who are tired of the bullshit call it that. Literally almost everyone on the city council is either on, or married to someone on the "Council of Churches" and use their positions to attempt to legislate every aspect of what people do. Example: They attempted to rezone all of the downtown spots occupied by bars as residential loft housing a few years back, coincidentally at the same time that the COC was approaching the bar owners to try to get them to sell/close. You can't buy alcohol after 6 pm on a Sunday and not in a bar as they are required to be closed, and all bars are required to close by 1:30 am every other night of the week. Bars that are concert venues can't just stop serving liquor at 1:30 and let the show go on, they have to close. The only people who can seem to get a permit to use the city square after it closes at 9pm are COC allies, everyone else using the space risks a ticket if they are out past that time. In other words: That isn't the official motto of the town, but it should be. I'm glad I moved.
Posted by STS on May 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM · Report this
BEG 28
@17 @19 One of the things that blows me away about this is the realization that this is a history directtly relevant to who I am today and what sort of world & opportuties I have (or don't have) because of what specific people did for & against LGBT folks. The other is the casual near-erasure & rewrite of this history by the dominant paradigm. It's another way of killing us.

I am left alternately angry at the lengths homophobia goes and blown away by the courage and grace displayed by the "the lowest of the low" and so proud over what they did with that the next summer -- when they could have so easily stayed home & not marched...
Posted by BEG!/browneyedgirl65 on May 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM · Report this
BEG, it looks from the "free preview" pages online at Amazon of the David Carter book this movie sprang from, "Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution", goes into rich detail about what they did to keep the spark alive during the following year. I realize getting the book is the ultimate no-brainer - think about it: a 300-page book to flesh out a documentary whose entire transcript online is only thirty-two generously spaced pages...
Posted by gloomy gus on May 7, 2011 at 9:08 PM · Report this
BEG 30
*click click* *kaching* Dammit Gus.
Posted by BEG!/browneyedgirl65 on May 7, 2011 at 10:50 PM · Report this
Posted by clint on May 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM · Report this
wtf ever
Posted by whatsbeckgottadowithit on May 8, 2011 at 1:26 AM · Report this
venomlash 33
@32: Bedtime for Bonzo!
Posted by venomlash on May 8, 2011 at 5:36 AM · Report this
that's adorable!
Posted by Canadienne on May 8, 2011 at 8:40 AM · Report this
@23, FWIW if I beat the shit out of every guy who didn't take "lesbian" for an answer there would be over a hundred dead men out there and I'm guessing you wouldn't be defending me. But I'm sure you'd say it's only when a gay guy touches your pee-pee that he deserves to get beat up? When a straight guy does it, boys will be boys, right?

The negative sexual attention lesbians, especially femme ones, get from hetero men (up to and including attempted rape in my case) is far worse than the negative sexual attention hetero men get from gay men so quit whining.
Posted by Re: Supreme Asshat on May 8, 2011 at 9:08 AM · Report this
I just saw the It Gets Better commercial it run on after the Amazing Race finale. Which is pretty apropos since the amazing race is one of the most gay friendly shows on TV, they have had several GLBT couples compete, as well as GLBT individuals competing with family and friends.
Posted by mjess on May 8, 2011 at 8:36 PM · Report this
I saw the ad during Glee, well my DVR version. It was well done and I'm glad google didn't overly brand (except for showing the youtube frame) Didn't even realize that it was google related until the end. Glad you did it and glad it is airing. I think it will have a positive impact and maybe reach some kids who are not aware of it.

Kudos to you and Terry for doing this ad. You are making a difference!
Posted by ChazRI63 on May 9, 2011 at 8:37 AM · Report this
Back to the real point: various town, cities, and states have been referred to as "the buckle on the Bible Belt" for many decades. The movie "Inherit the Wind" referred to heavenly Hillsboro that way, but the phrase goes back farther.
Posted by Irving on May 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM · Report this
I doubt God had anything to do with it.
Posted by pujols05 on May 16, 2011 at 7:56 AM · Report this

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