Google premiered a new commercial for its Chrome browser last night during Glee. The ad features Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project…and the result is incredibly powerful.
“And Tango Makes Three” is a children’s book based on the adorable true story of two chinstrap penguins named Roy and Silo who live in the Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo are both male penguins, and they adopted and raised a chick named Tango. The story is touching and the book helps parents teach children about same-sex couples.
My personal favorite is the final line of the book:
And like all the other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep.
Adorable, right? Well, not according to the American Library Association. The book once again topped the list of most frequently challenged books. (It was also number one in 2007, 2008, and 2009.) According to the American Library Association:
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.
How tragic is it that this book that helps children to understand a topic most parents do not know how to even approach is being attacked and taken off of shelves for being controversial? When are we going to start teaching our kids about inclusion? Why not tell kids about different people? We need to tell our children that is is okay to be gay. Because, if we don’t…we could lose them before they learn that it gets better…
Keep that in mind.
Since the announcement last month, fans have expressed concerns over Lady Gaga’s partnership with Target to offer pre-sales and a deluxe edition of her upcoming Born This Way album exclusively with the retail outlet that was attacked for making donations to anti-LGBT politicians last year.
Gaga told fans:
Our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.
However, Gaga’s representative told media outlets the singer and Target reached a mutual agreement to end the relationship a few weeks ago. Many are citing Target’s refusal to stop funding anti-LGBT politicians as the cause for the break.
Target offered this as a response:
Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organization, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment.
I am not sure how much pull Lady Gaga thought she would have with the retail giant, but Target executives clearly are not bowing to her demands and Gaga stuck by her guns and pulled the deal. Target is hurt more by the no-deal, both because they lack the exclusivity of the sure-to-sell album and they will undoubtedly continue to suffer from LGBT boycotts of the retailer. All I can say is, good for you Gaga for standing by your beliefs and not selling out just for the money.
What do you think?
Check out this great Pixar short from the Toy Story 3 bonus features:
I love the concept here.
When Lady Gaga announced an exclusive partnership with Target for the release of Born This Way, I thought she had sold out her gay fans for the money of corporate America.
Turns out, this partnership could be a positive thing. In an interview with Bilboard magazine, Gaga reveals she was uncomfortable with the Target partnership when it was first discussed, and she met with “the entire executive staff” at the company to clear up her misgivings. She says tell Billboard:
That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting. Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.
This is interesting. I cannot say I am convinced, but I can say I appreciate Gaga discussing the Target deal somewhat openly for her gay fans. It will be even more interesting to see if Target actually changes its ways, or if this was just another business promise from corporate America. In the end, this very may have been just another business decision rather than a moral one.
At GetMorEqual.com, an anonymous blogger has taken up the issue of Chick-Fil-A’s support of anti-gay hate groups.
The blogger tells Queerty:
So once Chick-Fil-A’s donations to anti-gay groups came out, I got to thinking about a way to poke some fun at them; boycotting is great, but it’s such a private endeavor. Anyway, I arrived at the idea of trying to co-opt their long-running ad campaign and give it a gay spin. Cows for equality, so to speak, boycotting Chick-Fil-A and spreading a message of LGBT tolerance and love. I ended up with this.
I love it! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!