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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Prop(8)aganda: The Bad, the Ugly and the Just Plain Weird

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 3:07 PM

By Andy Wright

The Prop 8 sign wars are in full swing, meaning that it may be time to invest in signage less easily removed. T-shirts and stickers (and thongs) all fall under this category. But not all political slogans were created equal. For those that leave something to be desired, we turn to Cafe Press, where anybody with a computer, a notion and a rudimentary understanding of the English language can have their political views emblazoned on everything from a beer mug to a baby onesie.

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"Hey, while you're down there, would you like to do some reading about how it's wrong to get gay married? Like, a lot of reading?" Tip to whoever cooked this one up: If you're proofreading your weird, rambling hate text and come across the phrase "...pre-1973 Diagnostic and Statistical manuals of Mental Health included homosexuality as a diagnosable mental illness," know that it is too long for a thong.

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OK, we get it. Osama bin Laden, terrorist and boogeyman du jour of the gay-hating right, totally hates gays, too. You can also get this in two other varieties, featuring either the Ku Klux Klan or Hitler. But stuff like this doesn't serve any purpose other then to enrage the right and force them cling to their beliefs more tightly, newly fortified with a "Well, I never!" shot in the arm. Also, from a distance, you are just the guy with a Hitler sticker on his car.

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Your baby does not support Prop 8. All your baby supports is crying, being fed, pooping and then crying some more.

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Your baby also doesn't support gay marriage, but since seeing tots all dressed up in liberal slogans kind of makes the nice person in me tear up a little, I give you a pass, parents. But this is just confusing. Who is supposed to be defending marriage against infidelity? The right? Is the baby intimating that maybe her mommies are cheating on each other? Somehow having the word "infidelity" scrawled in crayon across a baby's torso just seems a bit tawdry.

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Ha! Nothing like getting your message of equality across with a little wife bashing! (And, yes, you can buy this variety with a "my husband" swapped out for "wife", or just the gender spanning "Why shouldn't they be as miserable as the rest of us?", but c'mon, people. Just no.)

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