Ahead of Anchorage, Alaska's vote on Proposition 5 (a 35-year long effort seeking to protect the LGBT against discrimination), anti-gay opponents to the measure have produced one of the most offensive political ads ever to hit the air. You've really got to see it (after the jump!), to believe it...
One Anchorage, organizers behind the anti-discrimination effort, are asking for the cartoon to be pulled.
In the ad, a cartoon "transvestite" who wants to work at a day care is drawn as a man with a jutting jaw and body hair, wearing a short pink dress, red high heels and lipstick. If Prop. 5 passes, the narrator of the ad says, "it will be illegal for Carol to refuse a job to a transvestite who wants to work with toddlers." That imagery is an "offensive, stigmatizing and distorted" representation of a transgender person, said Trevor Storrs, a spokesman for the One Anchorage campaign. Transgender people are twice as likely as the general population to be assaulted, Storrs said, and the imagery in the ad "is definitely fanning the flames of fear that can lead to hate and violence."
Just because it's a cartoon does not mean it's cute. In fact, doesn't the medium almost make it more offensive?