A horrifying new ad promoting travel to the U.S. that features *shocker* a diverse selection of citizens has is set to give the international community the wrong (read: tolerant) picture of America.
At least that's the sentiment seeping out of a pissed off Tony Perkins today, who has blasted a new tourism ad that features a diverse cross-section of Americans, including two-seconds of screen time for a gay couple.
Said Perkins on his radio show about the above innocuous ad:
A new batch of U.S. travel ads should send some leaders packing--permanently. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In 236 years, America's never had an international tourism ad. So when Congress passed the Travel Promotion Act, people thought it'd be a great chance to highlight American attractions. What they didn't know is that it would highlight same-sex attractions. That's right. The commercial invites people to America-not to see the Grand Canyon, but to celebrate homosexuality. In one scene, a gay man is sleeping on his partner's shoulder in a trolley. The actors said they were specifically recruited to add a "homosexual presence" to the commercial. According to Brand USA, the ads were supposed to "open up some minds as to what America really is"-which, based on this commercial, is a country of radical values and backwards priorities. I suppose this is part of the President's push to "rebrand" America. It's just too bad he used a travel ad to feature so much cultural baggage.
Are you as offended by the ad—which also includes Muslim- and Hindu- Americans—as Perkins?