Sensitive "motivational poster" (Gays & Iran) ...thoughts?

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    May 30, 2010 12:56 PM GMT
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    First of all, I'm not mocking death and I'm taking this very seriously (a rare bond with me and the internet). It sent my brain into turmoil when President Ahmadinejad claimed in 2007 in a speech that there were no gays in Iran. I thought that was most fucking ironic thing. So I paraphrased his false claims and put it into perspective on WHY there are no gays in Iran. Because if they're not put to death they're scared shitless in fearing being put to death.

    I hope I can convey the sardonic tone of this and spread the message. I really hope people don't take this and manipulate it into a celebration lionizing Iran. I feel like the picture and phrase combination is pretty clear that this is brutal and anyone supporting this is flat out fucked up in the head. How do you think this poster will impact people in general?

    Please don't take this out of context. I just want to send the message that DEATH to gays for being gay is not okay. This is the worst case scenario. I don't want to get into a debate on which country is worse than Iran. And I don't want to debate about Muslims or Muslim countries in general (many are not nearly as bad as Iran, some Non-Muslim countries are worse than Iran. Iran is awful because of people like Ahmadinejad who abuse power, not because of the Muslim faith in and of itself.) I want to highlight these TEENAGER deaths and spread the message that THIS is definitely not ok.
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    May 30, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    I think it is very direct and effective. Thumbs up.
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    May 31, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
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    First of all, I'm not mocking death and I'm taking this very seriously (a rare bond with me and the internet). It sent my brain into turmoil when President Ahmadinejad claimed in 2007 in a speech that there were no gays in Iran. I thought that was most fucking ironic thing. So I paraphrased his false claims and put it into perspective on WHY there are no gays in Iran. Because if they're not put to death they're scared shitless in fearing being put to death.

    I hope I can convey the sardonic tone of this and spread the message. I really hope people don't take this and manipulate it into a celebration lionizing Iran. I feel like the picture and phrase combination is pretty clear that this is brutal and anyone supporting this is flat out fucked up in the head. How do you think this poster will impact people in general?

    Please don't take this out of context. I just want to send the message that DEATH to gays for being gay is not okay. This is the worst case scenario. I don't want to get into a debate on which country is worse than Iran. And I don't want to debate about Muslims or Muslim countries in general (many are not nearly as bad as Iran, some Non-Muslim countries are worse than Iran. Iran is awful because of people like Ahmadinejad who abuse power, not because of the Muslim faith in and of itself.) I want to highlight these TEENAGER deaths and spread the message that THIS is definitely not ok.


    Actually, execution is one of two solutions that the Iranians offer for the homosexuals there; one is, obviously, the execution, and the latter is to give them a fully-paid sex reassignment surgery. This probably explains why Iran is in the second place for most commonly performing sex change surgery (first being Thailand). Though, I'm not sure if this makes Iran look a lot better in terms of their tolerance for gay people lol
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    May 31, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    This is a very straight on poster and kudos to you for taking it up.
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    May 31, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    Hey Jake - the poster is very effective and while your typical posts are always fun to read, it's good to see this different side of you.

    What are your plans for the poster?
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    May 31, 2010 5:50 AM GMT
    that picture always makes me feel physically sick.
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    May 31, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    For myself the message is clear, direct, and powerful. The irony conveyed is bittersweet and at the same time overwhelmingly sorrowful.

    You seem to have some concerns on how your work will be interpreted though, clearly trying at length to prevent any misconceptions. However I believe the ultimate interpretation of, and possibly its very intention, will be in the minds of each individual audience member. There will without a doubt be those who will see this as a poster advocating the righteous work. Someone somewhere will see this dark humor and use it amongst their collection of demeaning jokes and bigoted remarks. Some will see this as an attack on their culture. Either way, once public it is entirely out of your hands.

    I hope you remember your motivation and effort when you created this piece during of any of these and possible onslaughts to come.

    Great work.