Bil Browning

Etch-A-Sketch Responds [What You Need to Know]

Filed By Bil Browning | April 06, 2012 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Bruno Mars, Bully, Catholic charities, ENDA executive order, etch-a-sketch, Freedom To Work, gay Republicans, Ken Mehlman, MALDEF, marriage equality, real male sex dolls, Richard Tisei, Ridiculously Photogenic Man

Etch-A-Sketch has finally responded to the political flap over the popular kid's toy. Etch21.jpgMitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom provided some free publicity for the company after claiming that the presidential wannabee's positions would shift more moderate during a general election "like an Etch-A-Sketch." The company put out two ads yesterday with the tagline "Etch-A-Sketch is proud to be a part of the national conversation."

So what's everyone talking about? Here it is:

  • "Real" male sex dolls are even creepier than their female counterparts. [NSFW]
  • Bruno Mars isn't gay. I had to ask Jim who he was, so I guess I obviously give a shit.
  • The best of the Ridiculously Photogenic Man meme.
  • Michelangelo Signorile thinks that "Obama must come out of the closet on gay marriage" if he wants to win re-election. I'm not so sure.
  • Former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman is hosting a fundraiser for Richard Tisei, a gay Republican running for Congress in Massachusetts. I'm sure we'll all run right out to buy tickets.
  • The Catholic bishops' anti-poverty foundation is threatening to de-fund Compa&ntiled;eros, a leading immigrant rights org in Colorado, because the org joined a statewide coalition the opposes anti-LGBT discrimination. The organization stands to lose half of their funding if the church pulls out, but Compa&ntiled;eros is standing firm on the side of equality. Isn't it interesting that Christ told his followers to be charitable, but the church is now using it a weapon against the poor and needy?
  • The movie Bully will get a PG-13 rating after all.
  • Latino civil rights org Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has endorsed the push to get President Obama to issue an ENDA-type executive order forbidding government contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Freedom To Work's online petition to Obama collected over 110,000 signatures but no LGBT orgs have endorsed it yet thanks to in-fighting and turf defense. Yup, the orgs supposedly looking out for our community's civil rights refuse to endorse a civil rights measure that would protect thousands of LGBT workers because they can't play well with a new organization. Huh. That sounds familiar, doesn't it?

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