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Rachel Maddow Looks at NOM's 'Gathering Storm' Ad


In our second look at Rachel Maddow's show today, she takes a look at the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) fear-mongering anti-gay marriage ad and the revelation of the embarrassing acting tapes (which, incidentally, have been pulled from YouTube by NOM) behind it.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The auditions are no longer online.
    I saved copies - Ill upload them although they will probably be taken down.

    Posted by: macsruff | Apr 10, 2009 11:47:45 AM

  2. Since NOM has hired actors to spew their lies, lets go after the actors. Counter NOM's lies with true stories about their moral posterchildren.

    There are many actors in the NOM ad and I imagine that a few have some pretty sordid pasts; find them and expose them. I compare this to outing gay homophobic lawmakers.

    When marriage equality orgs plan rebuttal ads, spending a little money with private investigators would go a long way to showing what frauds NOM's spokespeople are. And checking out the backgrounds of NOM executive staff would probably reveal additional ammunition.

    All's fair in love and let's fight back.

    Posted by: Mike in Brooklyn | Apr 10, 2009 12:12:29 PM

  3. At first, I thought that idiotic ad was about flood insurance! so wrong!

    Posted by: ray | Apr 10, 2009 12:50:11 PM

  4. You said it, Mike!

    I hope one day one of these asshole actors are up for great part they really want and the producer and/or director is gay or gay supportive. I'd like to see these fuckers lose work for their support of this bullshit.

    As the great Miss Crawford ala Faye says: DON'T FUCK WITH ME FELLAS!!!!!

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Apr 10, 2009 12:52:26 PM

  5. I love it! Ms. Maddow thought these wonderful actors were just... WONDERFUL. hahaha.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 10, 2009 1:07:48 PM

  6. Ha Ha Ha everyone thinks this is a big joke. Yeah ain't they funny with that storm brewing ad. Well you dizzy queens, I wanna hear you laughing long and hard when this ad has you all thrown around like a rag doll in the mouth of an angry Pit Bull (with lipstick if it blows your skirt up).

    It's time to stop thinking the Radical Religious Extremists don't have money and don't have a strong message that influences Americans (think Prop 8). It's not funny what they are saying and doing YET Gay pundits act as if it is. We'll see who's laughing last because they will be laughing the loudest. I hope I'm wrong but you can be dam sure I don't underestimate the Radical Religious Extremists.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Apr 10, 2009 1:14:15 PM

  7. Rachel is a Goddess.

    Posted by: Scooter | Apr 10, 2009 1:16:58 PM

  8. Rachel Maddow and most of the people who read Towleroad are not the target audience for this ad. It stands little chance of changing our minds. So, what WE think of this ad is irrelevant. What I would like to know is what the conservatives who have seen this ad think of it. Is it effective with them? Do they see this as a rallying cry? Will they be motivated? If it does resonate with those groups, making them want to contribute and take action to fight gay rights, then this ad is not something to be joking about.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Apr 10, 2009 1:59:59 PM

  9. Ha ha! I loved her dig at HRC! "A gay rights group notable for not having 'gay' in their name..." Awesome.

    Posted by: Mr. E | Apr 10, 2009 2:29:34 PM


    That's what you call it. Rachel Maddow is braver than every gay activist combined for FINALLY saying what it is instead of using the coded language of "traditional" marriage. Call it what it is HETEROSEXUAL-ONLY MARRIAGE. THANK YOU RACHEL!!!

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 10, 2009 4:08:00 PM

  11. Again, thank you Rachel. For even existing.

    Posted by: buzzerme | Apr 10, 2009 8:45:30 PM

  12. YouTube has removed it after the NOMers complained of copyright infringement. Rachel's use of their footage was CLEARLY allowed under the Fair Use doctrine, but since YouTube can't be bothered with such, just go to
    Rachel's page on MSNBC has the footage in the Ms. Information segment for April 10. Easy to find, just skip the first story in the segment.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Apr 10, 2009 11:49:37 PM

  13. @ Sargon Bighorn,

    Rachel Maddow isn't the only one showing the audition tapes. Lots of other places are running it to. The overwhelming response is derision at the illiterate half-wits the Christo Facists used to make their "Oooooh, Scaaaaary" ad. Nothing like showing bigots up for what they are like displaying their stupidity and ignorance to the world.

    More effective than calling your constituents "dizzy queens" and insulting them.

    p.s. It *does* look like an ad for flood insurance. When I first saw the opening I thought this was aimed at all those poor people in Red River. Opps!

    Posted by: Wheezy | Apr 11, 2009 10:28:34 AM

  14. how does NOM claim rights to a CNN clip?

    Posted by: epic | Apr 12, 2009 12:56:59 PM

  15. Why haven't the folks at ICanHazCheezburger sued NOM for infringement?

    Posted by: NomNomNom | Apr 12, 2009 10:35:07 PM

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