A website in support of gay marriage in Minnesota has come out with a new vulgar video in which actors mock and slander Christians and even show two young boys kissing each other.
The purpose of the website F**H8.com is to raise money for Minnesotans United for All Families, an organization whose goal is to defeat the proposed ban on same-sex marriage that the state's voters will decide on in 2012.
For each “Like” on Facebook and “Tweet” on Twitter that the site receives, they will donate 10 cents to the organization, up to $10,000. They are also raising money by selling clothes, stickers, pins, wristbands and more that say things like “Born This Way,” “Don't B H8N On The Homos” and “Some Kids R Gay. That's OK.”
The video on the site is a parody of gay marriage opponents, mocking them for wanting to maintain traditional family values. It features men and women dressed in bright colors, some of the men in nothing more than a T-shirt and brief underwear, who finish each other’s sentences and jokingly comment on why gay marriage is wrong.
The site takes critical aim at Christians in particular, with actors in the video portraying Christians as mindless followers of church laws. One girl, twirling her hair, sarcastically says that homosexuality is wrong “because the Bible tells me so.” It also displays a string of actors completing each other’s sentences, saying that that the Bible “tells me it's okay to sell my daughter into slavery and to stone people that work on Sunday. So it's great for making laws.”
The only thing perhaps more shocking than the blatant mockery and the excessive use of expletives in this video is what occurs in the final scene. In the last scene two young boys (who appear to be in their early teens) make a statement, the first saying, “If I grew up gay,” the other finishing with, “I want to get married someday,” before they turn to one another for a kiss. Immediately after the kiss a giant F**H8 logo appears and the video is over.
The National Organization for Marriage wants to get the word out about how the F**H8 site is trying to raise money through offensive videos and propagandize young people to become activists for gay marriage. "We also must ask again, when will other gay groups condemn the F*K H8 campaign tactics? If they can't condemn it, do they support this sort of thing?" NOM posed in its blog while asking supporters to boost its efforts to protect traditional marriage in Minnesota.
Traditional family supporters are obviously disturbed by the video, but even some pro-gay supporters find it to be offensive. Kevin Farrell, writer for an all-things-gay blog called Unicorn Booty, writes, “It feels creepy for me as a grown-a** gay man to watch kids kiss. It feels creepy to post video of children kissing on my company’s website. I understand the point is to ruffle feathers, but if some of the top gay bloggers in the world are creeped out by your message (or method, in this case), you’re ruffling the wrong feathers.”
Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies with the Family Research Council, spoke to The Christian Post on Monday about the video.
“What is there to say? It almost leaves me speechless,” he said.
This isn't the first video he's seen from this organization. In a blog post on FRC's website back in November 2010, he wrote about a previous video on the F**H8 site and called gay-rights activists “their own worst enemies” for the way they approached the issue.
“In a sense I welcome this video,” he said, “because I think it shows the true attitudes of people who support same-sex marriage – the fact that they are the hateful ones, not us."
He believes that the video “indicates how dramatically out of touch with average Americans and average American values the advocates of same-sex marriage are.” He took particular offense to the use of children in the video.
“I almost wish that every voter in Minnesota could see this video before they vote,” he said, “because I think it would end up with us having one of the largest victories we've ever had.”
Anyone who wishes to look up the video should be reminded that it is highly offensive and contains vulgarity.