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GOP Hipster May Actually Support Marriage Equality: VIDEO


The Republican National Committee's new TV ads featuring young hipsters and people of color has already been widely lambasted for pandering, stilted writing and the fact that many GOP policies actively hurt the very people the ads seem directed towards.

However, gay activist Jeremy Hooper has discovered that even though the official Republican national platform opposes same-sex marriage, one of the GOP's bespectacled spokes-hipsters, Scott Greenberg, once posed for a photo with the gay-married reality show couple The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Hooper writes:

If (Greenberg) is as pro-LGBT as appearances would lead me to believe, it would actually make sense that the GOP is going this direction. After all, it's only a matter of time before they have to become an LGBT-accepting party, if they want to be in the ballgame at all.

The photo itself may not matter much at all because, as Gawker's Adam Weinstein points out, the ad (currently running in 14 swing Senate states) may not even actually be targeted at 30-something hipsters:

The RNC likely doesn't give a flying rat's patoot if this campaign hooks in a single under-35 voter. But if it impresses a couple of rich country-club grandpas and loosens up their checkbooks, it will have served its purpose. This is marketing for dollars, not for votes. 

Watch Greenberg's miserable RNC ads AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. They've already lost the youth.
    The people who would be young republicans are libertarians.
    Right-wing social issues and policies that favor big corporations and wall street are losers for the GOP in their quest for millenials.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 20, 2014 10:38:38 AM

  2. and why aren't any of the people in these ads looking at the camera? is there some reason for that I don't understand? not very effective when someone addressing you doesn't look at you.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 20, 2014 10:42:19 AM

  3. It's either because they're reading cue cards or because they can't bare to look their fellow Americans in the face with the tripe they're repeating.

    Posted by: Daniel Villarreal | Mar 20, 2014 10:52:29 AM

  4. I'm disappointed the Beekman Boys would pose with Greenberg but I'm sure they pose with a lot of people and don't vet them that closely. The disappointment is their failure to find out who and what Greenberg represents and that is going to cost the Boys friends and supporters. I know I think less of them now. Someone, their agent or handler, should have slapped their heads before the picture was taken. What were they thinking?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 20, 2014 11:03:24 AM

  5. Is Jeremy Hooper really that retarded? Just because this douchenugget appears in a picture with a celebrity gay couple does not mean he supports their right to marry.

    Regardless, he's still a scumbag Republican. And a hipster.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 20, 2014 11:04:07 AM

  6. Hipsters are conformist materialists...of course they'll vote republican while saying out loud how much they oppose them...

    Posted by: styler | Mar 20, 2014 11:08:00 AM

  7. Greenberg is a typical opportunist closet case....

    Posted by: styler | Mar 20, 2014 11:10:59 AM

  8. Greenberg's a DC PR flak, per his own Twitter bio. He's not some random guy off the street, nor does he represent the average republican.

    Posted by: theo | Mar 20, 2014 11:16:04 AM

  9. Why is it hip to look old and dirty?

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 20, 2014 11:22:47 AM

  10. Because irony.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 20, 2014 11:29:16 AM

  11. "They've already lost the youth."

    Really? Obama actually lost the under-30 white vote to Romney.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 20, 2014 11:52:11 AM

  12. AG, because only white people count as "the youth"? Go eff yourself.

    Obama still dominated the overall 18-29 year-old voter segment. And you're crazy if you think that demographic is going to get any less diverse.

    18-29 Year Old Voters
    Obama 60%
    Romney 36%

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 20, 2014 12:01:23 PM

  13. Styler...I mean AG...I mean Rick: We get it - you hate liberals. You hate everyone.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 20, 2014 12:05:05 PM

  14. I hope the fact that this dude is clearly reading from a prompter isn't lost on anybody

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 20, 2014 12:18:59 PM

  15. @Tyler

    You must possess extrasensory perception, I only mentioned a single fact, inconvenient to this crowd, I gather, but no other commentary.

    And the whole point of this post is ludicrous. You folks cannot believe that some Republicans can actually support gay marriage. Wow, not everyone is thinking in lockstep! Would never happen on your side.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 20, 2014 12:20:56 PM

  16. ag here is a chart for you showing obama carrying under 40 in both 2008 and 2012

    and with the browning of america the white youth vote issues will matter less and less

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 20, 2014 12:26:53 PM

  17. AG the problem isn't being a Republican and supporting gay marriage, I know lots of them, the problem is being Republican and supporting gay marriage and voting Republican which puts people into offices who do not support it. This is really not that complicated and represents the real curiosity here, albeit not really spelled out well: at what point will/can the GOP tip into not being the party of hating progress? In many people's lifetimes it was not this way. I, personally, stopped voting Republican because of this, and so have many people of conscience. I'd rather have my civil rights and put up with overspending vs. no civil rights and vilification of the poor and anyone who is brown.

    Posted by: Nathan | Mar 20, 2014 12:32:08 PM

  18. "You folks cannot believe that some Republicans can actually support gay marriage. "

    Supporting gay marriage and actually voting for candidates who help to pass marriage equality are two different things.

    I'll take the latter, thanks.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 20, 2014 12:33:59 PM

  19. I am 97 percent sure that is the rear end of an Audi. Google image search Audi rear. If that's the case (as I believe it to be) the GOP is just once again proving how TONE DEAF they are. Do they know an AUdi is a LUXURY car?? What, there wasn't some lowly PA on set who could lend them his Honda fit or something? Jeebus.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 20, 2014 12:36:06 PM

  20. They're so clueless. Remember that "be a gay republican!" ad from Fred Karger a few years ago that looked more like an ad for Aryan Nation's New Beach Fitness Program?

    "hey! we're gay republicans! we support gays! just not enough to *not* vote for those who work against them! also, we don't like poor people or people who are sick!"


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 20, 2014 1:38:56 PM

  21. @Tyler: It's an A4. Jalopnik wrote a story about it.

    Everything I've read says that millennials aren't interested in cars and prefer to take public transportation. Once again, the GOP is completely out of touch.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 20, 2014 1:51:29 PM

  22. Crispy, I actually didn't write the comment about the Audi, but I had seen the Jalopnik story you're talking about.

    For once Rick attached something sensible to my username. Still peeved he insists on stealing it though.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 20, 2014 3:06:41 PM

  23. The best thing to happen to a republican is to run as an independent. The GOP and its puritanical base are unelectable.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 20, 2014 3:37:25 PM

  24. If you want to know where your jobs went, of course the GOP Representatives did a good job of shipping them overseas, but Bill Clinton gave them tons of help doing it.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 20, 2014 7:26:19 PM

  25. Twatster.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Mar 20, 2014 9:07:59 PM

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