Alex Blaze

Ad banned for being offensive

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 19, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: freedom of speech, New Zealand, vote, Wellington

To gay-new-zealand-ad.jpgthe right is for a New Zealand polling website and went up in Wellington. It got pulled after someone complained that it was homophobic:

"Considering that Cuba Street is the city's apparent 'arts and bohemian' precinct, and that Wellington attempts to espouse an egalitarian and accepting vibe, I feel that his advertisement is incredibly small minded and offensive," a complainant wrote to the authority.

The advertiser responded that it did not intend the billboard to be offensive to the gay and lesbian community, and apologised for causing offence.

"We were simply seeking to stimulate debate and awareness around the reality that some of the anti-gay rhetoric is generated by people struggling to come to terms with their own sexuality.


Of course, I've been completely desensitized by the mainstream American gay rights movement, which jokes around all the time about how homophobes are really secretly gay on the inside. Sometimes we go farther than joke and try to find out about the private sex lives of famous homophobes, and then if anything is found we joke even more.

So maybe I don't share the Kiwi values that led to the government pulling down the poster:

The authority found the advertisement breached ethical codes and basic advertising principles.

The advertisement was in a highly visible position, was "likely to cause serious offence or widespread offence", and was "socially irresponsible".

Although I don't really see what that ad has to do with their site, which seems like a big, multi-function web 2.0 porthole directed at people from New Zealand. Perhaps they've bringing advertising practices from the internet, which focus on getting people riled up so they click on an ad, out into the real world?

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Yeah. Really? They way I see it, it was pulled because that it shared 'offense' to those that *are* homophobic. Seems to me it documents that if the consequence of the number of gays is higher, then the likelyhood of homophobia will be greater. And they wouldn't want people to know that. Right?

That was the first thing I thought of too, Robyn. Were the homophobes offended? Because they'd seem to be the only segment that could claim offense.

Yeah, I think the ad is funny, and I agree with Robyn that the people who were potentially going to take offense are more likely the people that the ad is talking about.

If the complaint is for real, it definitely gives one something to think about when it comes to queer senses of humor in different parts of the world.

I don't know that it's offensive, but it seems awfully contrary. The message comes across as "Homophobia: That's So Gay!" Heart's in the right place, but it doesn't hang together well.

i look at the graph, see myself as very very homosexual, and wonder how that makes me a homophobe?

frankly, as a very very gay man, i'm getting a bit tired of the "they must be gay if they hate us so much" - but that doesn't mean an ad like that, that i don't care for or agree with, should be banned, just because it offends me.

isn't there another, better way of calling out homophobes? i really don't care whether they are secretly homosexual or not; the point is - leave us the f**k alone!

BF: I think that you missed the point it isn't that "Very Very Gay Homosexuals are Homophobes" it is the other way around, "Rampant Homophobes are very very closeted Homosexuals" the graph needs to be read correctly as they say in Algebra 65 at the Community College level. They may already know how they are and simply us the literal Homophobia as a disguise and a safety net to throw off suspicion but we all know better just by living our own lives as best we can. The graph is right on.

Well, that kind of humor annoys the hell out of me.

It lets off straights easy and they often pick up the same mantra about homophobes being secretly gay so they can let their straight brethren off easy and shift the perverseness to our community, when they're the ones killing our kind right and left across the globe.

Alex and Bill, In order to come out of my own self-imposed closet with the door always ajar I had to confront my mother and a sister who showed signs of indignant denial over 35 years ago. They are and were to this day rampant in their denial of their own sexuality. Which to me is so sadly such a loss of happiness. As time has continued to flow they have become even more repressive in their denial of who they really are. I have posted in the past my own thoughts and this Gay-O-Meter hits the mark right on the money. My favorite quote is by Shakespeare from Hamlet:(III, ii, 239) “The lady(ies)doth protest too much, methinks." Once you come to understand the gist and how it enters into every conversation as an undertone you come to realize that they be queer(er)than even I could be having come out into the light of day all those years ago and once again when viewing "Brokeback Mountain" where Enis Del Mar 20 years after his encounter with another man looks back and wonders how is could have been so different had he accepted his own sexuality. That being so much water under the bridge of life I hope the graph does spark imagination and a healthy conversation of Homophobia in New Zealand and here in the United States of America. Finally someone has the courage to point fingers and yes it was pulled because the Homophobes are technically caught with the realization that we know what we know about them.