A totally tame Hilton hotel ad featuring two hunky dudes laying around in bed has captured the ire of the so-called American Family Association (AFA), a homophobic hate group. They saw the ad in the June, 2016 issue of Travel and Leisure magazine and have started a petition “urging Hilton Worldwide to [advertise] in a more family friendly manner when marketing through mainstream media.”
The AFA wrote (and no, we’re not linking to them):
If Hilton had advertised two men playing tennis, cards, or having lunch, that would have been reasonable. However, Hilton chose to make a cultural and social statement by purposely marketing the promotion of homosexuality to a large segment of the population who finds the idea of two men sleeping together unnatural and offensive.
Awwwww — WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE FAMILIES???!!!?
Aha, yeah, right. Let’s be clear: the AFA isn’t opposed to this sort of advertising because they’re worried that it will offend the delicate sensibilities of young impressionable children or even challenge the super-narrow heterocentrist worldview of religious fundamentalists. They oppose seeing two men in bed together for the same reason that they oppose LGBT employment protections, same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court’s ruling against sodomy laws, and the Girl Scouts acceptance of trans-girls — because they don’t want us to fucking exist anywhere ever.
The AFA is batshit crazy…
Lest you doubt, know this: until 2015 (barely a year ago), the group stood by their Director of Issue Analysis, a man named Bryan Fischer who believed and regularly repeated the following things:
1) Hillary Clinton is secretly lesbian
3) Jews and other non-Christian religions have no first amendment right to practice freedom of religion
4) It’s totally okay to kidnap kids from same-sex parents so they can be raised in “normal” homes.
The AFA only disavowed Fischer and these batshit crazy statements after an Israeli newspaper revealed that the AFA was flying members of the Republican National Committee to Israel. Only then, after the RNC sought to distance itself from the AFA’s anti-Semitism, did AFA President Tim Wildman (a paranoid anti-queer kook in his own right) disavow Fischer and oust him as their Director of Issue Analysis; Fischer still hosts the AFA’s hate-tastic radio show, American Family Talk radio, so really, they’re totally okay with his worldviews.
… and they’re impotent…
Anyway, have no fear. The AFA has led many a failed boycott against corporations like Target, McDonald’s, Disney, Microsoft, Citigroup, American Airlines, Ford, Crest, Tide, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, WalMart, and many, many more. In short, an AFA boycott is less than nothing to worry about.
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