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Slut-Shaming Log Cabin Republicans Attack Sexy Obamacare Ad, Ruin Christmas

Remember that fun sexy Out 2 Enroll video? It was a handy reminder to LGBTs that we need to sign up for insurance today in order to have coverage on January 1.

Featuring the nearly-nude talents of Colby, Brandon, Ozzy and Chris (and the signing of Coleen McMahon) the video grabbed plenty of attention and inflamed our passions (for responsible health care). But guess who didn’t like it? Gay republicans, of course.

“This cynical ad betrays the depths Obamacare advocates will sink to in order to pad their pathetic enrollment numbers,” wrote an LCR flack, his grinch fingers nervously drumming. “This ad is also an example of the left promoting harmful stereotypes that gay men are nothing more than sex-crazed lechers. If anyone on the right made such a comparison, liberals would be apoplectic. At a time when left-wing propagandists are decrying “Duck Dynasty”‘s Phil Robertson for equating homosexuality with promiscuity and deviance, Out2Enroll and others should take a look in the mirror and ask if the truth is that they are the ones responsible for promoting such harmful stereotypes.” (Emphasis ours.)

First of all, great job jumping on that trendy Duck Dynasty bandwagon. If this had happened two weeks ago, they would probably have found a way to make it about Tom Daley. And if had happened a few weeks before that, it would be have been some blah-blah-blah comparing Obama to Miley Cyrus at the VMAs.

Second of all, just shut up, oh my God, shut up. You know nothing, Jon Snow. Are the LCRs seriously complaining that it’s unfair that their anti-gay friends don’t get to make anti-gay videos? “How come they get to say faggot and we can’t?” That’s somehow your line of defense against Obamacare, LCR? You seriously don’t understand the context of an oppressed group seizing and reclaiming the language of its oppressors? Just … please stop.

Third of all, some of our best friends happen to be sex-crazed lechers, thank you very much. Just because some of us enjoy having fun doesn’t mean we are criminals. Just like how belonging to a golf club doesn’t automatically make you a racist.

Okay, maybe there’s an argument to be made here that by depicting ourselves as naughty elves, we are participating in our own marginalization. (There’s also maybe an issue of body fascism going on, with the seeming exclusion of plus-size dancers or anyone with body hair. But kudos for including trans model Asia Vitale!) We’re not all prancing underwear bunnies, after all. Gay people aren’t just go-go dancers — we’re just as likely to be professors or undertakers or mechanics or glaziers or painters or cops and so on.

But you know what? How do you know the guys in this ad aren’t also intelligent, sensitive young professionals? The LCR seems to have assumed that the act of taking off your clothes and flirting makes you an embarrassing dummy. Well, eff that. Smart people can also be sexy. (And you know, judging by the number of trekkies in the kink scene, smart people are more likely to be sexy.)

In truth, it seems to be the LCR that is perpetuating the stereotype here, not Out 2 Enroll. Colby, Brandon, Ozzie, Chris and Asia are not sex-crazed lechers. They’re not stereotypes. They’re nice people. Sexiness isn’t harmful. Slut-shaming is.

The LCR’s PR blitz concludes with a call for everyone involved with the Duck Dynasty debacle to come together for a “moonshine summit,” which is awesome, because we wouldn’t want to perpetuate stereotypes, would we?