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PICS: President Obama Kissing Another Man!!! Un-Hate Campaign Goes Too Far!

So imagine my surprise when I saw this picture…Why would someone photoshop the President of the United States of America kissing another world leader, and think that it’s okay? Well, this picture is part of the Un-Hate Campaign from the United Colors of Benetton, which photoshops world leaders from around the world, including the Pope, embraced in a man-on-man kiss.

The images are very strong, but we have to send a strong message. We are not wanting to be disrespectful of the leaders … we consider them “conception figures” making a statement of brotherhood with a kiss.

President Pbama Kissing Man Un Hate Campaign Hugo PICS: President Obama Kissing Another Man!!! Un Hate Campaign Goes Too Far!

This is no different from black face. I have to disagree with the Un-Hate Campaign on this one. There are so many proud gay and lesbian couples that would pose for this campaign. BUT to make people into something they are not without their consent or permission, is mean-spirited. If you do it for laughs, satire, or comedy, that is different because you know your intentions are not necessarily good intentions, but to photoshop people into something they are not to fight against hate, only undermines your platform. The point of Un-Hate is to accept people as they are, yet this campaign is turning people into something they are not. The campaign is definitely proactive, but it certainly has the opposite effect of Un-Hate. This also sends the message that homosexuality is a choice, and think there are many gay people who would disagree.

President Pbama Kissing Man Un Hate Campaign PICS: President Obama Kissing Another Man!!! Un Hate Campaign Goes Too Far!

Don’t get me wrong, I understand what they are trying to do, I just think there are better ways to do it. Like asking leaders, politicians, or everyday people to pose or submit their own.

The Pope Kissing Un Hate Campaign PICS: President Obama Kissing Another Man!!! Un Hate Campaign Goes Too Far!

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11 Comments

  1. NO THEY DIDNT!

    • @naybesa, I agree ewwwww thats
      just sick and I dont think it sends any kind of positive message for our country

  2. well thats obamas choice if he wants to show his unhate love like that let him he aint gay and we all know that he has a beautiful wife and kids stay strong obama

  3. I’m appauled!what is this world comin 2! SMH!

  4. I believe these images are powerful. They make the public aware that civil rights have not fully been won for the GLBTQI community. The outrage from viewers alone is enough to prove this statement correct. We all know President Obama is not a homosexual, so why the outrage? Obama being the Commander and Chief of the United States, it would be pretty safe to assume that his legal team would have taken these down if he was mortally offended. So, if he is not offended, then why are you?
    If he was photoshoped kissing a “hot” woman, our reactions would be completely different. Let me put it this way: in the 1960’s the same outrage would be given to a photo of a white woman kissing a black man. “I don’t care if there are black men in my town, as long as they don’t make passes at our white women.”
    As stated in the national march for equality… tolerance and acceptance are two different things. To tolerate is to not approve, but allow. What a hubris statement “to allow” like we were the creator himself. But acceptance is something completely different. Acceptance acknowledges and even if it never understands, accepts because it would not have the person another way.
    The equal rights movement going on now is based on achieving acceptance not just tolerance. What we have had has been tolerance. Tolerance is DADT. Tolerance is Domestic Partnership and Civil Unions. Tolerance is “separate but equal.” Tolerance is hate or anxiety based in fear wearing a mask so it may exist in society without being fully perceived for what it really is.
    What I, as a homosexual, want is not tolerance but the ability to exist as who I am regardless of the labels society has attributed to my love and my perception of the world/myself. What I want is for gay to become a non-issue and for these images to forever lose their shock value. What I want, to quote Stacyann Chinn “is equality, is equality, is equality.” Think on that.

    • @Cristina,

      1) The person who created this is protected under free speech. Just cause President Obama hasn’t expressed his opinion, doesn’t mean it’s safe to assume he accepts this ad campaign.

      2) We would be just as outraged if President Obama was photoshopped with a hot woman because he is a married man. Adultery is something we do not take lightly.

      3)Please don’t compare black people who were enslaved, lynched, and killed to this campaign. In 1960′s black people were lynched and killed for far less. No one is advocating that the people in this campaign be lynched or killed.

      4) If you want people to accept you as you are, you also have to respect them as they are. President Obama is not gay, that we know of, and putting people in a situation to be something they are not is unacceptable. It wouldn’t be right to force a homosexual to be straight and “pray” the gay away, and wouldn’t be right to put men in an embrace that they normally wouldn’t have. That’s the very reason black people get outrage when white people dress up in black face.

      5) This ad doesn’t show tolerance, or acceptance. To make people into something they are not will always carry some shock.

      Like I said there are better ways to express the point than trying to create shock.

      Lastly, you can’t make anyone accept, tolerate, or respect you. You can show them who you are, and allow them to learn. But the last part is always up to them. The best way to bring about change is to be yourself, and be the best you can people. People will learn to tolerate, accept, and respect.

      • @MrsGrapevine 2, @Cristina,
        I’ve done a bit of acting in my day. I’ve played roles that were heterosexual for dramatic purposes; however, no one made me do anything and no one has made Obama do anything. His image was used, not him. This is a form of art with a political statement that was proven effective by the outraged responses. The same thing is done with hundreds of people creating fan art. The reason it is outraging is because of the situation regardless of the individual. The viral status in heteronormative society, however, would not have been achieved without such powerful figures.

        The rest of your statements will just lead in back and forth banter that will accomplish nothing and waste both our time. However, I will comment on one thing you said that has seriously offended me as a member of the GLBTQI community. This campaign is trying to end the hate in society which has led to hundreds, if not thousands, of: murders, suicides and violent acts toward GLBTQI individuals. Have you forgotten Mathew Shepard? Jeremy? How quickly humanity forgets… The fact is, hundreds are still enslaved by fear, beaten, raped, shot and even lynched for their sexual orientation. The saddest part is that some are only teens and are not safe in their own homes. Others who dare to stand up become homeless because parents kick them out. Lives ARE at stake in this movement, so don’t you dare undermine those who have died because they proudly claimed themselves as GLBTQ or I. Daring to be heroic can cost some their lives. These photos, in my opinion, are a heroic statement.

        I agree to disagree with you on many statements you have made, but I will still fight to the death for your right to say them…as I would fight for the UN-Hate campaign’s same right.

        If you take one thing from this discussion, please let it be that teens and adult lives are, indeed, at stake. And while only time can transform homosexuality into a non-issue, maybe the shock value of these photos will remind some viewers that they need to do a bit more soul searching in order to understand acceptance.

      • @Cristina,

        1) Choosing to act is making a choice, having someone take a picture of you and photoshop you doing something you didn’t do is not acting and it’s not your choice!!! Those two things are simply not the same and not even similar. If President Obama posed for this picture, then I would give him props, but the point is, there was no choice in the matter.

        The picture above is no different that when men photoshop women’s faces on a porn star’s body, and post it online. Sure it’s not your body, but you still have to deal with it, and it’s not cool whether you like porn or not. It’s the idea of being exposed as something you are not without a choice.

        I certainly wouldn’t call it art. I would call it photoshopping. Don’t even let me get into the political fall out and ammunition it gives to the right wing crazies. They already think President Obama kowtows to these world leaders. I am more upset at the political statement than the social statement.

        The reason it’s outrageous is because it’s not real. If it was two men who are gay kissing each other, there wouldn’t be any outrage on my part. It’s not about the individual, it’s about accepting people as they are whether or not they are gay and straight. You wouldn’t want your parents to photoshop you with someone of the opposite sex to please their friends. You would want them to accept you as you are. So accept President Obama as he is, and use a different way to bring attention to equality, that respects everyone as they are.

        I have not forgotten those individuals, but those are hate crimes. It was law to enslave blacks, it was law to lynch blacks, and it was systematic to beat and jail blacks for petty crimes. Hate crimes against blacks, latinos, gays, and women still exist. But the plight of GLBT is not the same as blacks. People being enslaved by fear, is not the same as the US Constitution saying you are 3/5ths of a person because of your skin color, and that you are to be counted as property. Blacks were legally not allowed to vote because of their skin color. So, on this issue we will disagree all day long, every day here on out. The plight of gays and lesbians is different, sometimes there are similarities to blacks, but for the most part they are very different legally and historically in this country.

        No one has undermined anyone’s struggles because they claim themselves gay. I don’t believe any teen or adult should be stigmatized because of who they are. That is not what this argument is about. It’s about this picture and how it’s not acceptable to turn people into something they are not, in order to say accept people as they are.

        I believe in equal rights for ALL as the Constitution grantees. This is not an argument over whether or not gay should have civil rights. They should as long as the Constitution says, “All men are created equal.”

        I fail to see how these pictures are heroic. Heroic are people who actually laid down their lives to fight for equal rights. United Colors of Benneton is going for shock value as they always do, thus the reason they’ve apologized and removed the one of the Pope. They knew lines were crossed.

        Having a right to say something doesn’t mean people have to agree with you. Un-Hate has the right to express themselves, and I have the right to say I don’t think it works well.

        If you take one thing from this conversation, it would be that people don’t have to agree with this campaign to believe in equal rights for ALL. I think it’s offensive to say you don’t believe in equality if you don’t like this ad campaign. Everything doesn’t have to be controversial or shocking. Because sometimes those very attributes undermine tolerance. Accept people as they are, no matter their sexuality, race, gender. That’s the point.

    • My God i am so sick of the homosexual -’s [ queers ] crying hate,,it’s not about hate it’s about men with men and women with women that is such a disgrace ,,It is a sin and disgrace to man kind ,just like two animals that don’t have the ability no know the difference,,Everyone of these people have to force people to accept their ungodly ,dogmatic lust for each other.Natural men and women do not have to try to make people except their way of life because it is natural.God created marriage between a man and a woman ,thats it ..no exceptions ,,Theirs no such thing as gay marriage anyway..and we do have a queer president here in the United States..

  5. “I have not forgotten those individuals, but those are hate crimes. It was law to enslave blacks, it was law to lynch blacks, and it was systematic to beat and jail blacks for petty crimes. Hate crimes against blacks, latinos, gays, and women still exist. But the plight of GLBT is not the same as blacks. People being enslaved by fear, is not the same as the US Constitution saying you are 3/5ths of a person because of your skin color, and that you are to be counted as property. Blacks were legally not allowed to vote because of their skin color. So, on this issue we will disagree all day long, every day here on out. The plight of gays and lesbians is different, sometimes there are similarities to blacks, but for the most part they are very different legally and historically in this country.”

    How moronic!
    You state this like there is no gay african american that never suffered the same past. Different really? Lets go through this again; In what year were African americans enslaved then ask yourself what year did gay rights awareness arise. The years are way off for your prediction. Dieing because of what you are or who you are, are the same in any definition. Greeks died because of their religion, African Americans died because of their color and last but not least Gay individuals Greek,African American,Spaniards every different race known to man has died because of who they were or practiced the wrong religion and have the wrong skin color. Don’t forget that Gay covers a wide variety of nationalities. African American only covers 1 race. Gay rights awareness is a movement for all races it does not only educate the straight of acceptance on a wide definition. Teaching Moms and Dads not to be embarrassed on what society thinks of your gay son rather than kick them out for reputation. Being a child homeless and a future ahead of you. If you asked the 16 year old black kid why he is homeless I gaurantee his answer wont be “because I’m black”. Mentioning that past is not of acceptance, what happen a while back to hundreds of humans was awful but if we dont let it go and move on then the issue remains present. In fact you went entirely off subject; The issue is about gay acceptance.
    The law? Are we really that serious. THIS IS 2012 and the law states Racial discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination and disability discrimination . FOR THE RECORD “GAY” IS NOT A LEGAL GENDER AND DOES NOT PROTECT INDIVIDUALS….though i see skin color covered. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE SPEAKING.

    • on that note lets get back to the subject….NO I DO NOT LIKE THE CAMPAIGN PHOTOS. It is very disrespectful to a man who has accepted gays. Taking avantage of the situation only pisses off the helper

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