I've just completed the first of my Gay Marriage in California PSA's!

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    Aug 11, 2008 4:06 AM GMT
    Thanks to the generous help of one of the members of RJ who expressed interest in helping me, I've just completed the first PSA in the series I proposed on another thread.

    It's not live-action, but is a powerful spot nevertheless. Hopefully, it'll be the anchor spot on the new website I plan to launch later this week to host these spots.

    You can see it at my blog site currently, at

    www.zeebya.blogspot.com

    It's right up at the top of the page.

    I'd be interested in your thoughts. And many thanks to Rich who offered me the great idea for this spot, and some wonderful feedback and support. Thanks also to all of you for your input, both positive and not-so-positive. It has been quite a learning experience for me!

    Pony
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    Aug 11, 2008 5:26 AM GMT
    Hey Pony!!!

    I think it's great! It hits at the overall subject - equal rights for all, not just special rights for some. I think you're centering on the right message. It's wonderful! I cant wait to see more.

    Oh, you look so cute with a whip in your hand too!!!icon_wink.gif

    Jason
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    Aug 11, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Excellent job! ....now I cant get back to sleep...icon_eek.gif...thanks!
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    Aug 11, 2008 7:20 AM GMT
    I liked it! my only suggestion/comment would be that many people would not know the context of some of the images you display because they aren't labeled, and thus may miss that portion of the message. I really like how you appealed to a wider audience by incorporating other forms of discrimination we now consider absurd. Well done!
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    Aug 11, 2008 9:13 AM GMT
    Liked it a lot but the song to me didn't quite fit...... I like the seriousness of the song but I was not a fan of the drum beat... maybe something depressingly orchestral you know or sad?
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    Aug 11, 2008 9:56 AM GMT
    It's great...
    It tells them what they actually are
    Haters of the worst kind
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    Aug 11, 2008 9:59 AM GMT
    I played Lopsided by At the Drive in over your video with the sound off and its a different vibe.... but this is all me and I get all picky about what songs should be used when
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    Aug 11, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    ItsMyLife saidLiked it a lot but the song to me didn't quite fit...... I like the seriousness of the song but I was not a fan of the drum beat... maybe something depressingly orchestral you know or sad?


    Well, I have no money to pay for "commercial" music, so I took some music from another source that seemed to have the feel I wanted, sent that to a friend of mine who is a composer, and he in turn wrote and created some music that was SIMILAR, and that's what I used. It was free, so hey, beggars can't be choosers. I will say though, that I've always liked his music and I thought it was fine for this spot. But yes, different music can create a whole different feel.
    I did like it, though. The music was stark and kind of bold, and to me underscored (no pun intended) the gravity of the message.
    I do agree though that labelling some of the shots might have given more clarity, and I may do that. For example, the two boys about to be hanged were in Iran (maybe Iraq) and were being hanged for being Gay. They were 16 and 14 years old!!!

    Thanks for watching, guys! We'll get it done!!!
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    Aug 13, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    Okay, I've just created a professional website for the Gay Marriage PSA campaign, not just another Blogspot site, and the video is crystal clear.

    You can see it at...

    www.respectgaymarriage.com

    I'd love your feedback! Thanks.
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    Aug 14, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    Although I do think it's a great message, I think that the marriage part has no comparison to the images that are shown. I could see if the images of what happened with Japanese people had to do for equal discrimination/hate crime issues, but I think the images may be off or something. Maybe if you had used something about how interracial marriage was outlawed back in the day, then it could be more of a comparison. But I have to stick strong to the fact that not being able to marry is no where near the magnitude of losing your life over your race, sexual orientation, etc. I understand you show gays being discriminated against, but the images showed would be a better argument for stronger discrimination/hate crime laws, not marriage laws.
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    Aug 14, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    Sorry, but I must disagree. My point was that when we allow ANY form of discrimination and marginalization of any people, Gay, straight, Jew, Japanese, American, we pave the way for more and more intolerance to be practiced without challenge. The people you saw in the images being beaten and shot by Nazis could have been Gay, and there were over 15,000 Gay men murdered during The Holocaust THAT WE KNOW OF.
    When intolerance is unchallenged, that's how Matthew Shepard cases happen. History shows us that time and again.
    Bigotry is bigotry, plain and simple. Bigotry against Gays is simply one of the last large-scale bigotries we must fight against. One of the best ways to convince people to discriminate against others of any group is to de-humanize that group, make them appear less-than-human, then exploit or harm them. That's exactly what is being done to us by the right-wing, and others like the more devout (and bigoted) Christians and Muslims, and Catholics. The Nazis did the same to the Jews, and the Gypsies, and the Gays.
    I think my comparison was right on the money.
    I don't know if you've ever been seriously discriminted against for being Gay, but I have, violently and with results that have nearly cost me my life, and in more than one situation it was done by cops who KNEW they could get away with it, and YES it was specifically because I was Gay.
    So, from my perspective, I was making the comparison based on personal, painful, first-hand experience.