How About Little Intolerance With Your Breakfast?

If you want to survive in New York City, you need to know what’s going on around you. It isn’t easy to keep up with the constant changes that affect our lives, so many of us begin each day by catching up with local news reports on line, in newspapers, on the radio or on television.

To ensure that I hear about the latest street closings, subway delays and traffic jams, I usually turn to the TV morning news. In fact, I was one of the New Yorkers who wasn’t alarmed the other day, when several planes flew around the Statue of Liberty, because I’d heard the flyover announced in advance on the local news.

Today, however, I found the news stories less surprising than a commercial that ran towards the end of the local broadcast. It was 7:50 a.m. and I hadn’t yet swallowed a caffeinated drop, but the ad certainly jolted me awake. It was prompted, I assume, by the governor of New York’s recent introduction of a bill to make marriage legal for same-sex couples.

The commercial, from a group called the National Organization for Marriage, carries a clear message: if all New Yorkers are allowed to equal access to marriage, it will be the end to life as we know it. Heterosexual marriages, happy families and small businesses will be destroyed. Nothing like a little intolerance with breakfast to get the day off to a great start.

Yeah! Let’s make sure them gays don’t get equal rights! And the National Organization for Marriage earns extra points by linking the marriage issue to the current state of the economy!

I expect my local television stations to have some sort of standards, but it appears that Channel 2 (WCBS-TV) is willing to run anything for a buck these days. What’s next? Commercials for the KKK and the American Nazi Party?

Gay Liberation by George Segal in Christopher Park

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9 Responses to How About Little Intolerance With Your Breakfast?

  1. I haven’t seen the ad. Let’s hope that means that someone at CBS woke up and realized they should have a little dignity.

    Everything’s running on fear these days: fear of bankruptcy, fear of terrorists, fear of Swine flu, fear of Gays.


  2. maria v says:

    excellent post
    i cannot believe that an ad like that would ever be shown in a country that has always sounded like a democratic nation respecting human rights
    not even greek tv would go that far (i think)


  3. Olivier says:

    je comprends pas tout (mon anglais est trop nul) mais je suis fan des créations de George Segal.
    I understand not all (my English am too much void) but I am fan of creations of George Segal.


  4. Eliane says:

    Well said! It seems so weird and anachronic to hear such moronic bullshit in a city like ours.


  5. moi says:

    anything passes in the name of “free speech” ????!!!!!


  6. I know what you mean.

    I especially like it when one the local politicians (together with Christine Quinn) did a press conference and said something about ‘straight people being allowed to married, some marrying a few times….”



  7. Interesting sculptures! They look like that scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocoalate factory where they’re in those all white suits.


  8. Marinkina says:

    То что бредомысли это точно 🙂
    Видно настиг творческий кризис. Мысле нет о чем писать 🙂


  9. I love those sculptures! They are a little bit R-rated with exaggerate “packages” but I think they are awesome.


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