On November 6th, the citizens of Maine will vote on a ballot measure that aims to legalize gay marriage. Polls are hinting that it’s going to be a close contest, but this new campaign ad, featuring four volunteer firefighters–three straight, one gay–presents a powerful message in favor of marriage equality. “When we clear a call, I get to go home to my wife,” says firefighter Eric Humphrey. “The guys I work with should be able to marry the person they love.” Major props to these guys for speaking out to support the civil rights of their friends and coworkers. Hopefully their words will strike a chord with voters. [The Advocate]
Strippers, guns, rap music, booty shaking, gangstas … why, it’s the most offensive, sexist
political ad you’ve ever seen. This NSFW commercial called “Hahn’s Homeboyz” begins to criticize Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman running for a Democratic Congressional seat, for her proposal to use “taxpayer money” to hire former gang members in prison “so they could rape and kill again!” I mean, so they could teach current gang members how to quit the life. Which, uh, actually doesn’t sound like a bad idea, when you think about it.
But no matter. There’s race-baiting to be had. Keep reading »
Forget power suits and pearls. If you’re running for political office in Poland, you have to look like Snooki. Well, that’s Eastern European pop star Sara May’s strategy for getting elected to a district council seat in her hometown of Warsaw. Her slogan is: “Beautiful. Independent. Competent.” But her platform seems more like: “Spray Tan. Fake Tits. Bikini.” It’s a formula that’s been working in music videos for decades. But if you’re a fan, will you also punch her hole come election day? [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »