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FCK H8.

Posted: January 28, 2012 in Musings
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As I was sitting here staring at my computer screen and trying to think of how to incorporate the FCK H8 campaign into another blog post, I decided to simply google FCK H8 and see what came up.

I have to admit, I was shocked.

It seemed like every other result was someone’s blog or a website writing about elements of the FCK H8 videos that have nothing to do with the message they are trying to convey.

I’m curious – what do you take away from watching their videos?

Yes, there is heavy use of swearing, but that is the point. Gay has been used as a derogatory term for as long as I’ve known the word existed. I think the outrageousness of dropping F-Bombs constantly also sheds light on the lunacy that is behind many of the ideas out there in the world about homosexuals and their rights as human beings.

There are also children swearing. Does this take the controversy too far? I don’t think so. Considering all of the horrendous things that are done to homosexuals on a daily basis, watching a video that grabs my attention is the least of my worries. Obviously, there has to be a line drawn somewhere – but in my mind this does not go over that line. Also, as my father pointed out to me – the television industry has done much worse to children with commercials for candy and hazardous toys.  They just dress it up and make it look pretty.

And finally, a point that numerous people made was that there shouldn’t be gay people kissing each other. Are you kidding me? The folks that write these responses are so ignorant they cannot even see that they are only proving the point that FCK H8 makes – if you hate gay kissing, it really just means you hate gay love.

I can only shake my head. The internet provides a platform for anyone’s ideas. Even hateful ones. What people will not admit in person comes out loud and clear when you can hide behind a computer screen. It makes me wonder how safe the internet really is. Hate crimes are a criminal offence, but spreading hate on the internet is done seemingly with impunity.

Obviously, I am biased. I wholeheartedly support people who are homosexual  (including myself) having equal rights and respect that any heterosexual person gets. People might be using technology to communicate their message of hate, but I am using it now to communicate my message of love.

References:

Ricardo & Reuters, M. (2011, May 18). March Against Homophobia. [photograph]. Retrieved January 28, 2012 from http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/148113/20110518/international-day-against-homophobia-gay-rights-pictures.htm

FCKH8.com. (2010, October 4). Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. . Retrieved January 28, 2012 from http://vimeo.com/15550574

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Born This Way!

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Musings
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So, in taking this Communications and Technology course at good old Camosun College, the first thing that came to mind when I tried to think of something that I thought was related to the course was the FCK H8 website and youtube videos.

Let me explain..

1: I think they are getting the facts out about a very serious issue (homophobia) to a larger audience by using humour and sarcasm in a series of videos that are both on youtube and their website: http://fckh8.com/

2: Every time you like or share a video on facebook or twitter, a donation is made for whatever campaign that the video is associated with, for example the born this way video gives a 10 cent donation to the “Born This Way” Campaign 4 Queer Kids.

Am I the only one who finds this concept completely awesome? Just click a button and you’re not only spreading the message, you’re contributing to the campaign!

P.S. : If I have to edit this one more time I might jump off a cliff, and … FCK H8! 😀

 

WARNING: F-BOMBS AHEAD: