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What Homosexuality is Not: VIDEO

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Remember the 'Gay Rights Movement' clip that went viral a month ago?

Ryan James Yezak has posted two more clips in support of the documentary he's working on — one called 'what homosexuality is not' and another which riffs off the Apple "think different" commercial.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Great concept and message.

    ....I think. It was so fast, and the music so loud, that it was a bit hard to understand.

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 15, 2012 6:43:58 PM


  2. The music over powers and drowns out the dialog, it's difficult to hear what the people are saying. Nice effort, but I found it annoying because of the loud beat and poor acoustics.

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 15, 2012 6:45:45 PM


  3. The fact that all the men in this piece are effeminate defeats the purpose of any such exercise. You see, it really is not about religion or "morality" for most people (as they suggest)--it is instead about masculinity and the lack thereof in the behavior of so many gay men.....and until gay men, themselves, get that, and decide that they are men rather than something else--and act like it--we will be quite limited in how much acceptance there will be for homosexuality.

    Being attracted to someone of the same sex SHOULD be simple--and is, in fact, entirely compatible with masculinity (and should indeed be an expression of it).....but gay men such as these have clouded the water by confusing their sexuality with gender-identity issues and made it complicated when it does not have to be.

    I realize that most have not done so entirely consciously, but their behavior is still learned and can be unlearned and needs to be if we are to achieve real progress (in addition to happiness amongst ourselves).

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 15, 2012 6:56:18 PM


  4. I like both videos visually but didn't like the feel that the anger in the first one brought out. I felt like that video is trying to hit me over the head with its statement. That may also be because of the music and/or sound equalization. Even if the music came down a notch or two, that would really help.

    Meanwhile...

    @Rick -- Your comment reads like it was lifted from a circa 1966 issue of One, the magazine of The Mattachine Society. Seriously.

    Posted by: Frank Butterfield | Feb 15, 2012 7:11:16 PM


  5. Homosexuality is not... about... gay guys wearing something other than v-neck shirts...

    Posted by: Liam | Feb 15, 2012 7:20:52 PM


  6. @Frank Butterfield Yeah, good observation. And to me that demonstrates how terribly off-track the gay movement has gotten--from the original purpose of educating people about homosexuality and eradicating homophobia....to a misguided and ultimately futile attempt to gain acceptance for effeminacy and general non-conformity of any kind.

    Look, you can all make all the snide remarks among yourselves that you want to, but the reality is that anybody viewing that video will simply have all their stereotypes about gay men being lisping, limp-wristed sissies reinforced.......and those stereotypical behaviors are precisely what people don't like about us, especially men, because they are asthetically repulsive and totally unnatural and make a mockery out of masculinity.

    And that point is just underscored by the fact that gay men, themselves, find them unattractive, as well.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 15, 2012 7:23:14 PM


  7. No..Rick...YOU find them unattractive! You don't get to speak for anyone else but yourself.

    Posted by: Taylor | Feb 15, 2012 7:26:27 PM


  8. @Rick -- I'm personally not interested in whether someone likes me (or any gay person). Societal acceptance is nice but it's not really the brass ring. All I'm interested in is having the same rights as everyone else. And I'm interested in that being universally inclusive. Like me, don't like me, doesn't matter. Apply the law equally and indifferently and we'll be just fine.

    Posted by: Frank Butterfield | Feb 15, 2012 7:32:06 PM


  9. @Rick...you missed the evolution train a long time ago pal. Pull your arms up from the cement when you walk...it's embarrassing.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 15, 2012 7:36:03 PM


  10. Needs some audio editing. Another thing homosexuality is not, is exclusively 21-29 year olds who have peak hearing abilities. Some of us are older. Try re-mixing so that the speakers who spoke too fast are not drowned out by the music.
    Thanks

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 15, 2012 7:36:05 PM


  11. A good message but a little long maybe. Also @Rick--I think you're delusional and (probably) hopelessly bigoted. Who are you exactly, that think it's your right to tell people they need to conform to your idea of masculinity? In the eyes of the gay opposition movement, there's no distinction between feminine acting or straight acting, they oppose ALL of you.

    The opposition to homosexuality clearly uses a biblical argument in most cases & their opposition is to the love & the sexual activities of gay men & lesbian women & is not dependent on how 'effeminate' someone is. Your rights as US citizens does not rely on how you dress, how you talk & how you walk.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 15, 2012 7:36:33 PM


  12. @Taylor You know I am tired of playing games, so here is an academic study that demonstrates what we all know from our own personal experience to be the case.....

    http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/JMichael-Bailey/femiphobia.htm

    A key excerpt:

    "What we learned suggested that The Birdcage is indeed fiction. When advertisers requested either masculine or feminine characteristics in a partner, they requested masculine traits 96 percent of the time. Furthermore, when they described themselves as masculine or feminine, it was masculine 98 percent of the time. Both what gay men seek and how they represent themselves suggest that they are massively biased in favor of masculinity. Or is it a bias against femininity? In all 72 ads in which an advertiser was explicit about what kind of gender-related trait he did not want, it was a feminine trait; "no femmes" was the most common request"

    @Frank Butterfield Laws only matter if people believe in the spirit of them--and over the long run, you cannot force most of the population to do things they don't want to do. And the entire purpose of videos like this is to get straight people to change their attitudes. Moreover, if they changed their attitudes, we would not need any laws. But those attitudes will not change until effeminacy is largely eradicated from gay male culture.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 15, 2012 7:40:58 PM


  13. Stop feeding the Rick

    Posted by: aki | Feb 15, 2012 7:43:48 PM


  14. Fantastic. Now, please upload again without the horrible background music. It's so loud that I can't hear what you're saying, and it's not good. It should compliment your words so that this message can reach the most people. But excellent job on the content!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 15, 2012 7:48:14 PM


  15. I liked the second one's message for both our opponents and our own community. We often dismiss the gays who don't fit our idea of who we want to represent us and miss the important role they play.

    I wish it could have been longer to include some more great square pegs such as John Waters, Freddie Mercury, Oscar Wilde, Rob Halford, Boy George, Adam Lambert, kd lang...and many more.

    Posted by: IAN F | Feb 15, 2012 7:51:47 PM


  16. "Effiminate" or not, self-hating homophobe or not, I believe Rick as a point. They did not strike me as having mass appeal. Cover girl doesn't choose people who are not rather unusually attractive, and those people were...not. People respect strength and beauty. We need middle of the bell curve people to be paragons in their own community for our message, but when we want people to watch a video, the ambassadors for us should be the ones with the most mass appeal. It is just common sense. Moreover, the whole tone comes off as so preachy and militant. Who wants to watch a black power video?

    Posted by: nosh | Feb 15, 2012 8:04:44 PM


  17. It looks like homosexuality is also v-neck t-shirts. I appreciate the message, but I did not see myself here. A dumpy middle aged man with a lousy haircut. Diversify the images, please.

    Posted by: Jcrayst | Feb 15, 2012 8:10:20 PM


  18. I was gay in this life. Who knows... maybe I'll be straight in another. At any rate, this is my reality... lest we forget:
    FOR THE TIME BEING~

    Posted by: Eddie | Feb 15, 2012 8:11:39 PM


  19. Nice message with good intentions, but it comes across as a bit too school-marmy. I think a similar video with a more hopeful tone and soundtrack would reach more people.

    Also, too many of the shots made me feel like I'm in a bathroom. I'd suggest either going for welcoming settings (living room couches, someone's bedroom, etc.) or just go for a white/neutral background throughout.

    Posted by: Steverino | Feb 15, 2012 8:31:18 PM


  20. @NOSH: FAIL. Covergirl's latest tv advert features Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara together. It's perfect.

    Posted by: shane | Feb 15, 2012 8:34:43 PM


  21. I liked the top video.

    Posted by: will | Feb 15, 2012 8:45:28 PM


  22. gil scott heron
    he aint

    Posted by: jw | Feb 15, 2012 9:17:00 PM


  23. Fighting yesterday's battles today.

    The people who had ignorant misunderstanding about homosexuality and could be educated with a tv commercial came around many years ago. Today's bigots are nurtured from childhood, fed by their churches and pundits, have personal issues that leave them over-reliant on an us. v. them way of approaching the world and are not gonna change their minds 'cause a bunch of Chelsea queens are yelling in their faces.

    Making the commercial too loud, too long and too stereotypical doesn't help.

    Posted by: buster | Feb 15, 2012 9:17:16 PM


  24. was that Hilary Clinton in the beginning? the eff has she done for us?

    and really? you slow the video down and give Gaga a spotlight, and immediately have a blurry shot of Harvey Milk, just in passing?

    i was pleased he included GLBT people of color. but jesus.

    no thank you.

    Posted by: vince | Feb 15, 2012 9:23:55 PM


  25. Honestly, I despair.
    Some of you have valid points, and some of you have idiot points of view. And some of the ageist opinions are just cruel and ignorant.
    Men only slightly older than you lost every friend they ever had. SLIGHTLY.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Feb 15, 2012 9:38:09 PM


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