During Tuesday night’s episode of “Glee,” viewers caught the first airing of Google’s ad for the “It Gets Better Project,” which encourages teens that despite all the anti-gay bullying, it eventually “gets better.”
The commercial, promoting the browser Google Chrome, highlights at the end, “the web is what you make of it” after showing celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Cathy Griffin and Woody from “Toy Story” lending their voice to the campaign.
While it’s not surprising for Alan Chambers of Exodus International, a ministry that helps people who are impacted by homosexuality, to see Fortune 500 companies as well as celebrities endorsing homosexuality, he was surprised and disappointed that they would use a children’s character for the project.
“Children all over the world, including my two children are fans of ‘Toy Story’ and to see a character like that endorsing something that at this point children have no need to know about, it’s disappointing,” he told The Christian Post.
Chambers, who overcame homosexuality and is now a father of two, suspects that if the commercial airs while he and his children are watching a show and “if they happen to see that and ask questions and if they get the full understanding of what the commercial is actually about, we will have to have the conversation. It’s not something I plan to talk to my kids, 5 and 6, about.”
As the commercial is set to be aired in various channels across the country, Chambers only hopes that churches across the country get together to answer the those very concerns related to bullying and homosexuality as well.
“For organizations like Exodus International, which has thousands of men and women like me who have lived a gay life, it obviously didn’t get better living a gay life for them. I would say that today it has become radically better,” he said.
“I think that we have to promote the stories of people who have found an alternative to homosexuality but I think that at the same time the church has to do a better job at addressing issues related to bullying and violence and how kids have been treated at public schools.”
Chambers encourages the church and celebrities alike to stand up and be “supportive of our Christian values and to stand up and proclaim that.”
“There are some who do that, so that’s a good thing,” he noted.
“I think that we have a big job ahead of us and one that I think we are capable of arriving to the challenge.”