One Los Angeles mom (who considers herself a liberal feminist and friend of the gays) was in an uproar because she had no way of explaining to her son why two men would want to be intimate with each other. Read what she had to say about the Manhunt billboards after the jump.
In the key of "woe, is me," Kelly Cole may have been instrumental in getting Manhunt billboards removed from Southern California. She begins her rant by saying, "I never thought this would be me: A liberal feminist complaining about a sex-positive, homosexual billboard."
But it is her. And she is having a hard time explaining to her "fourth-grader the fact that some people like to find causal sex partners fast using their mobile phones."
In a country where, on any given freeway, you might see a billboard for Candy or Crystal posing suggestively and inviting people to watch them strip, it's ludicrous to think that these billboard's incite her "child’s premature loss of innocence." Maybe she can't think of an easy way to explain these two men because there are few examples of two men being romantic together in the media, whereas her son wouldn't even question the image of a man and a woman.
Here is her question that she asked Lamar Advertising Execs:
“No matter what one's politics, religious beliefs, or moral compass says about this, does it not seem obvious that this ad is inappropriately placed when it becomes forced viewing for hundreds of children daily?”
We aren't promoting these images to kids, but kids are found everywhere. There are many questions here. 1) Do you think she has underlying homophobia? 2) Even if it's not appropriate for children to see, do you think there is a negative bias for billboards like this? 3) Should all sexual billboards be taken down?
Maybe it's not the billboard at all, maybe it's that the billboard ignites a conversation (in which the vocabulary for such is just now being developed) that people like Kelly fear most.
(Source and image source: StudioCityPatch)