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Smoking Makes You Straight And Therefore Honorable, Say Maine Haters


As LGBT activists lay the groundwork to pass a same-sex marriage initiative in Maine for this November, opponents have launched a new website that offers ill-planned juxtapositions of the "gay blue state 'lifestyle'" with "red and straight state 'America'."

Jeremy Hooper at Good.As.You and I had the same question: why is smoking cigarettes "straight," "manly" or something to celebrate?

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  1. and counter this ad with a headlined news paper about catholic priests abusing children...

    Posted by: Mark | May 16, 2012 2:59:11 PM

  2. Ummm, last survey I heard on the news about this stated that gay men are statistically more likely to smoke than straight men. So evidently the red states just have more closets?

    Posted by: Jamie | May 16, 2012 3:10:11 PM

  3. I think it sucks that they are using this iconic image of this soldier to further their own agenda.

    The soldier by the way:

    Posted by: mike | May 16, 2012 3:11:22 PM

  4. I forgot to add, that soldier in the photo supported Hillary Clinton for President in 2008. Look for a Rolling Stone article called "The Troubled Homecoming of the Marlboro Marine".

    Posted by: mike | May 16, 2012 3:19:59 PM

  5. The religious right is wrapping themselves up in the military again I see! It's not like there are ANY blue state people or gay people in the military! No gay people ever fought and lost their lives so these idiots have the freedom to spew their garbage. No? Makes me sick.

    Posted by: PJ | May 16, 2012 3:21:10 PM

  6. Considering that gays can now serve openly in the military, isn't this photo implying that all soldiers are straight a bit.....well..., dated?

    And why hasn't anyone made the obvious Towleroad comment that the reason anti-gay bigots picture smoking as straight is because the straight men who smoke are using the cigarette as a substitute for...uh....something ELSE they'd really like to suck on? I mean 5 posts so far and no one's said it? Folks, you're slipping up!

    Posted by: mary | May 16, 2012 3:27:30 PM

  7. More proof that the Left Wing and the Right Wing view the world in fundamentally different ways. Do you really think Conservatives who see the cigarette-smoking soldier will focus on the dangers of tobacco? Not hardly. It's a macho image they revere played against Gay Pride parade tomfoolery they despise. Many Leftists will register the opposite reaction to these photos. This ad neatly encapsulates the culture war.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | May 16, 2012 3:29:14 PM

  8. Are they asking people to donate to the smoker's inevitable health care costs? Or to buy fab, new outfits for the guys in the blue states? Because I'm good either way. Lol

    Posted by: PJ | May 16, 2012 3:29:53 PM

  9. I'd go easy on James Blake Miller. He has PTSD and has had a rough time of it since coming back from Iraq. Google "The troubled homecoming of the Marlboro Marine."


    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | May 16, 2012 3:35:24 PM

  10. The same juxtaposition was posted by Darcie Johnston, then an anti-healthcare reform crusader (founder of Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom), now the fundraising "consultant" for the Republican candidate for governor, Randy Brock. One of her first accomplishments? Getting a bunch of supporters to plan a fundraiser for the candidate at the Wildflower Inn, famous (and being sued) for having accepted a booking for a wedding reception, and then having refused the booking after the owners found out the wedding was for two women.

    The candidate's fundraiser was canceled as an "inappropriate" venue, and both the candidate and the hardcore gay-hating fundraiser denied any knowledge of the Wildflower Inn's legal problem.

    It's a Grand Old Party, all right.

    Posted by: Nanuq | May 16, 2012 3:37:21 PM

  11. It's an actual person, not an actor or stock picture? The article didn't mention that. Did he give his approval to use his likeness for their campaign?

    Posted by: PJ | May 16, 2012 3:43:28 PM

  12. "Are they asking people to donate to the smoker's inevitable health care costs?"

    This is a fair question, PJ. Conservative literature is always filled with comments about how much cost there will be financially if we accept the gay "lifestyle" and it's consequences. But no one talks about those good ole (homophobic) boys (and girls) who smoke and end up needed cancer treatments, eat a high-fat diet and end up needing heart surgery, never check that their kids are learning to read and write in school and so we have to pay for a year and a half of remedial college courses before the kids drop out of college anyway. Does the Left have every right to expect these questions to be answered? As Palin would say (or probably WOULDN'T say, in this case!) "You Betcha!"

    Posted by: mary | May 16, 2012 3:44:45 PM

  13. Hmm, would I rather be a dirty, stressed out, smoking, war-torn killer, or would I rather be a fun-loving, life-affirming, colorful, nonviolent person?

    Posted by: atomic | May 16, 2012 3:51:23 PM

  14. It's obnoxious when any ideologically driven group [right OR LEFT] or individual uses images, video, audio, etc. of real non-public human beings without seeking and accepting their approval first. So it is with the image of James Blake Miler. BTW, some of the posters on here 'upset' with them using his image are the same people who would refer to him as 'white trash', and in fact, President Obama's re-election crew have publicly said they've written off 'white males' and are using them as a foil to s*ck up to 'progressives' core group of 'minorities' and most importantly, women.

    What's ironic is the far left and far right have much more in common with each other, at least psychologically, than the vast middle. But the sh*t continues.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 16, 2012 3:58:12 PM

  15. So they prefer their men forever damaged and suffering from PTSD than happy and healthy?

    Wouldn't it be ironic if the Marlboro Marine came out as gay.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 16, 2012 3:58:56 PM

  16. Interesting. So if Red State = Hillary Clinton supporting smoker with severe PTSD, I wonder who those Blue State guys are?

    I bet one is a Log Cabin Republican or some such thing :) Would love for them to step forward.

    Posted by: Cris | May 16, 2012 4:01:51 PM

  17. "Hmm, would I rather be a dirty, stressed out, smoking, war-torn killer, or would I rather be a fun-loving, life-affirming, colorful, nonviolent person?"

    I should think there's a way to criticize this campaign without insulting Miller, who has not done well since the photo was taken.

    Even before I learned of what happened to Miller after, the image always struck me as the true face of war - something which can easily strip young men and women of their souls.

    Posted by: Nat | May 16, 2012 4:04:16 PM

  18. Hey Atomic,

    How would you like to be a concentration camp or gulag prisoner? How would you like to be dead? Those 'dirty, stressed out, smoking, war-torn killer[s]' made and make it possible for you and others to be a 'fun-loving, life-affirming, colorful, nonviolent person?' If someone came up to you and said they wanted your sh*t and take it by force, beat you up, etc., how exactly does a 'fun-loving, life-affirming, colorful, nonviolent person' respond? If a domestic or foreign entity decides they are going to attack you, threaten you with violence and blackmail you with their ability to hurt you, unless you do as you're told [yes, I know, terrible, but our world is not a Utopia, we are in fact more war-like and tribal] what exactly does a 'fun-loving, life-affirming, colorful, nonviolent person' do? Ask a 'dirty, stressed out, smoking, war-torn killer' [soldier,marine,cop,etc.] to help them, save them?


    Posted by: ratbastard | May 16, 2012 4:08:29 PM

  19. #Ratbastard: who refered to him as white trash? And just where did you get this insight into Obama's re-election team and white males? Where did they publicly state this or did you hear it on Fox News or Rush? If so...

    Posted by: PJ | May 16, 2012 4:09:36 PM

  20. @Atomic...this is an actual person, not an actor who posed for the pic.

    Posted by: PJ | May 16, 2012 4:11:51 PM

  21. Its content is truly offensive, and the nitpicker in me is bugged by the different images sizes.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | May 16, 2012 4:11:58 PM

  22. If your a TRUE BLUE AMERICAN....They are all equal!

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | May 16, 2012 4:14:27 PM

  23. @PJ,

    Cut the sh*t,smart-a**. You know perfectly well what I was getting at. And GOOGLE the info about Obama's re-election, white males, women, you'll get many hits, including 'reputable' ones like WaPo.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 16, 2012 4:23:37 PM

  24. The irony of these images is that it is saying that on the one side, the Right is good and brave, and the Left is frivolous and hedonistic. But isn't it a brave act to come out against overwhelming hostility, to accept yourself and even challenge straight society's perceptions of sexuality and gender identity. To me, all the people in these images are good and brave, and any one of them could be gay or straight. A gay man can serve in the army and a straight guy can don drag and be hedonistic and tacky... Just look at Mardi Gras. The assumption that the army guy is straight and that the drag queens are gay is stereotyping.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | May 16, 2012 4:42:53 PM

  25. You made the assumption that people would call him white trash? Based on what?

    Posted by: PJ | May 16, 2012 4:48:07 PM

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