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Watch: Cindy McCain Speaks Out Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as Part of 'NoH8 Campaign's Anti-Bullying PSA


The NoH8 campaign has just put out an anti-bullying PSA highlighting a range of topics contributing to the way gay and lesbian youth are perceived by their peers, including religion-based bigotry, the disciminatory ban on blood donation by gay men, marriage inequality, and bans on gay adoption.

Notable is Cindy McCain speaking out about gays not being able to serve openly in the military considering her husband is perhaps the biggest impediment in the U.S. Senate to getting the ban lifted. McCain has threatened a filibuster if DADT is attached to the Defense authorization bill, and was recently reported to be trying to make a deal to strip the DADT provision from the bill.

Among the other celebrities who appear in the spot are Tom Bergeron, Gene Simmons, Antonio Cromartie, Denise Richards, Slash, Dave Navarro, Jeff Probst, Bridget Marquardt, Kat Von D, and Dr. Drew.


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  1. Oh, no she didn't! It was one thing to appear in the NoH8 poster, but in this Cindy is directly challenging her husband's position - things are going to be pretty chilly in whichever of their 7 homes the McCain's are hanging in right now.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Nov 11, 2010 7:33:09 PM

  2. Her participation makes absolutely zero sense to me. I'm so glad she has her own opinions and all, but why doesn't she do something about them that actually matters?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Nov 11, 2010 7:40:02 PM

  3. They are clearly in a marriage of convenience; I doubt they even stay in the same homes. I don't doubt that Cindy is sincere, I also wonder if this is a way for her to act out and bring her and her husband's differences and problems into the public domain. Her daughter has clearly taken her side, whom I doubt even speaks to her father. I'm sure Cindy and Megan are gloating while John is cringing and grinding his teeth

    Posted by: Mike C. | Nov 11, 2010 7:40:50 PM

  4. Gregoire, changing the message DOES matter.

    it's so easy to be an armchair critic.

    Why don't you give us ideas from your own life of how all of us can help?

    Posted by: Danny | Nov 11, 2010 7:47:07 PM

  5. Well, this certainly confirms one thing: Either John McCain can't get it up, or he just has zero interest in sex. Because otherwise Miss Thang here would be withholding sex until she got her way.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 11, 2010 7:48:41 PM

  6. Dear Cindy McCain,

    While your words are appreciated, they ring hollow. Until you can convince your husband to STOP DISCRIMINATING against gays and lesbians in the armed forces, please, focus your energy ON HIM. Thanks.

    Posted by: wtf | Nov 11, 2010 7:50:52 PM

  7. Professional gays will always find fault. Meh.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 11, 2010 7:53:31 PM

  8. @Tom

    Thats right.And we have every right to.When straights claim to be on our side,but do nothing to help change the opinions of their pathetic homophobic peers,you will get alot of cynicism.Enough is enough with the second class treatment in this stupid ass country.Cindy should be working on waking uo that dinosaur bigot of a husband she has.

    Posted by: Rocky | Nov 11, 2010 8:08:32 PM

  9. WTF is up with some of you blaming her for not being able to change her husband's mind about something? I'd imagine she does argue with him about it. Just because he continues to be a douche doesn't mean she's not pushing him.

    Posted by: Jon B | Nov 11, 2010 8:08:56 PM

  10. Dear Cindy,

    Please go watch the film "The Little Foxes" as soon as possible.

    Bette Davis, husband, staircase.

    I'm just sayin'.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 11, 2010 8:15:04 PM

  11. Good for her.

    Posted by: Tyler | Nov 11, 2010 8:15:54 PM

  12. No need to be catty, David. Actions are louder than words, and as of yet, Mrs. McCain has been nothing but the latter. We hold Obama, the Democrats, etc., to that standard. Why not her? I'm not saying her support isn't appreciated. But is that all there is? This isn't some random celebrity.

    How do you know she had conversations with her husband? You don't know anything because she hasn't said anything meaningful outside of a couple television appearances.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Nov 11, 2010 8:17:52 PM

  13. Wait a minute. Is this the same Gene Simmons who very publicly told Adam Lambert that he was a fool to come out and that he should just shut the hell up about being gay because it was going to kill his career and besides, no one wants to hear about that gay stuff? Also the same Gene Simpson that never shut up about his sex life.

    I think Gene is full of shit. He must be pushing something that he thinks will appeal to gays and he's trying to improve his brand with the community. He's still a douchebag.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 11, 2010 8:39:16 PM

  14. I'm more freaked out by the hipocracy of Gene Simmons than Mccain... I cant fault her for her husband, but Simmons has always been a douche.

    Posted by: rozz01 | Nov 11, 2010 8:42:33 PM

  15. queermos love a "diva," even if it runs on fumes and boozey wishful thinking.

    Gene simmons? Oh, Chaim Witz...yeah, chazerai...fuck him, too.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2010 8:49:50 PM

  16. @Gregoire, please describe what you would like Cindy McCain to do, She is a private citizen, not an elected official

    Posted by: naughtylola | Nov 11, 2010 8:54:14 PM

  17. Her husband is one of the biggest homophobe bigots in the world. Maybe she should concentrate on him and his hate.

    A little Rohypnol, a hired male escort and a phone camera would do wonders. ;-)

    Posted by: Bobby | Nov 11, 2010 9:53:59 PM

  18. Crispy, she isn't withholding anything he's had in years. By most accounts, the marriage is a complete sham. He's an acknowledged serial adulterer who has reportedly displayed his hotheadedness in public directed at his wife. See, e.g., http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm#adultery and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/07/report-mccains-profane-ti_n_95429.html and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/07/report-mccains-profane-ti_n_95429.html

    Posted by: Patric | Nov 11, 2010 10:19:29 PM

  19. I really think John McCain is in the beginning stages of some sort of dementia. He's not capable of being rational on this, and it is somewhat satisfying knowing his daughter and wife are sticking it to him in public.

    And I agree, Gene Simmons can go fuck himself.

    Posted by: IAN F | Nov 11, 2010 11:26:16 PM

  20. "Words" would be if Cindy was just telling friends that she supports repeal. This IS and "action" and a direct slap in her husband's face.

    We've seen the behind the scenes clips of McCain with the Advocate journalist. When he hears what he doesnt like he covers his ears and sings "la la la" until they go away. I'm sure he's no different in hearing differing opinions from his wife and daughter.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 11, 2010 11:38:29 PM

  21. I also think it's important to point out that while it'd be nice for Cindy to just put McCain's balls in a noose I don't think that's a standard we really want.

    Are you all honestly saying that you wish senators would bow to the tastes of their forward thinking wives? What if Maggie Gallagher was married to a pro-equality elected official who stood strong against her viewpoint and voted that way. You'd certainly be singing a different tune then..

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 11, 2010 11:46:11 PM

  22. Cindy McCain is NOT her husband! Thank you, Cindy, I appreciate your voice, as well as any voice speaking for fairness and equality!

    Posted by: james Brown | Nov 11, 2010 11:53:26 PM

  23. christopher: well, maggie wouldn't be a forward thinker though, whould she?...

    Posted by: B | Nov 12, 2010 1:57:32 AM

  24. What are the chances that Cindi McCain voted for her husband on Nov. 2, who vows to filibuster an end to DADT, and not his opponent, who campaigned on ending it?

    Posted by: Philo | Nov 12, 2010 2:44:18 AM

  25. Did anyone notice Cindy looked FANTASTIC?

    Where did the cryptkeeper go?

    Posted by: Evan | Nov 12, 2010 6:44:55 AM

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