Visual Argument- Tabitha Corrao

Gay and Lesbian Bullying Prevention

The video starts off with two pretty girls trying on clothes in a mirror. The one girl asks her friend about the shirt she was wearing and the friend relied “So gay.” After talking about how gay the shirt is, Hillary Duff interrupts the two girls and tells them how using the word gay like that is insulting and has an negative effects on people. Hillary to prove her point then embarrasses the girl’s friend who is wearing a skirt as a shirt by saying “what if every time something was bad everyone said that’s so girl wearing a skirt as a top.”

This Ad council commercial is an amazing way to help prevent gay and lesbians from being bullied. This commercial is actually the reason why I stopped using offensive language like “That’s so gay” and “faggot.” I believe Ad council’s scene for the video captured a real life/ everyday scene that happens everyday in the real world. People use offensive language every day not realizing the damage it does to a person. When people use language like “that’s so gay” as a bad thing, they make it seem like being gay is a bad thing.

I also think Ad council put people into prospective by putting the last few seconds of Hillary Duff insulting the friend who said that’s gay. I think this helps people understand how gays or lesbians feel when we use offensive language. It gives people who don’t face the same problems as a gay person the opportunity to feel what they feel in that moment.

This ad reminded me of another ad I recently came across on Facebook(I wish I could link it but I couldn’t find the ad). It had three separated photos of a gay, a straight,and a lesbian couple and across the bottom it stated “Do you see the difference?” Although the ad was not meant to prevent gays from being bullied I thought it did a great at showing how gay couples are no different. I think ads like this help people who are not gay understand gay people. Whether it’s two boys in love or two girls in love, it shows them that love is love no matter what. Once people start to understand where people are coming from, they start to accept who they are. So by posting ad like these two ads, people begin to help accept gays into our culture and make gay people feel accepted rather than an outcast.

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3 Responses to Visual Argument- Tabitha Corrao

  1. davidbdale says:

    I’m so glad to hear you found the ad personally effective, Tabitha. I’d love to hear why you think the producers chose to feature Hillary Duff in the ad instead of a less recognizable actress for the spot. Does her presence add to the effectiveness? And can I get a note from you about how the girlfriend reacts to the remark about the “skirt as a top” observation?
    Provisional grade recorded.

  2. tcorrao says:

    I believe the producers picked Hilary Duff to feature the ad because she is a positive role model. Since Duff was young she has been featured on television and has even made an album or two. Unlike many young artists Duff has lead a victorious life without ruining her reputation. I believe Duff’s success makes her awareness very effective. Parents see women like Duff and teach their children to look up to women like her. No parent would want their child to look up to someone that has naked pictures on the internet or curses.

    When the friend gets insulted her girlfriend begins to stare at her friends “skirt as a top” and began to laugh. I think the producers added this part because they wanted to show that the people who actually use the word gay as something bad are the ones in the end that get laughed at. They get laughed at because they are wrong.

  3. davidbdale says:

    Thanks for the feedback on Hillary Duff, Tabitha. I honestly didn’t know enough about her to sense the value judgment. You’ve helped me with that. As for the friend’s reaction, I agree. I also think that little sniggering moment indicates how shallow and thin the friendship of the two girls is.
    Grade Revised.

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