TV channel’s anti-gay ad angers viewers

TV channel’s anti-gay ad angers viewers

An ad warning of the negative impact same-sex marriage will have on Australians has  exposed pay TV company Foxtel to a flood of complaints.

The company, according to this report, has been bombarded with irate messages from customers upset that it had accepted an ad a from the newly-launched Marriage Alliance, which describes itself as “independent”.

But this expose on The Stirrer blog shows that it is, in reality, a “front” for an alliance of Catholic organisations.

Marriage Equality’s spokeserson Sophie York, pictured above, and fellow backers of the Marriage Alliance, are associated with the organisations such as the Knights of Malta, the St Thomas More Society, Sisters of Charity, the Brisbane Catholic Education Council and the Catholic Education Office.

York is a Councillor of the St Thomas More Society, aka The Catholic Lawyers Guild.

The Stirrer concludes:

The Marriage Alliance is a Catholic front organisation, trying to sell the church line without bringing God into it. They are also suspiciously close to the lunar right of the Liberal Party. Treat with extreme caution.

Campaigns for and against gay marriage in Australia are intensifying as MPs prepare to lodge a cross-party bill to legalise same-sex marriage with the House of Representatives Tables Office on Tuesday.

Channels Ten and Seven have refused to show the 30-second ad that shows same-sex marriage as an iceberg with the tagline:

It’s not as simple as you think.

High-profile Australians, including AFL players Josh Bruce and Matt Spangher, actor Hugo Weaving and television news reader Chris Bath are featuring in ads in support of same-sex marriage, calling on Parliament to stop stalling on the issue.

21 responses to “TV channel’s anti-gay ad angers viewers”

  1. Cali Ron says:

    Catholics being deceptive? I’m shocked. What next? Priests sexually abusing children? Oh wait, that’s already happened. Does the Catholic Church have any credibility left?

  2. Stephen Mynett says:

    “Does the Catholic Church have any credibility left?”

    Did it ever have any?

    I note that Trolling Tom the Papist’s son has not been around for a while, perhaps he could enlighten us.

  3. Cali Ron says:

    Who needs credibility when you have wafers, wine and wealth? And millions of deluded, but devoted followers?

  4. Robster says:

    The silly woman in the image is captioned as being from “The Assembly of Professional Catholics”! Wow, that sounds very impressive, bit like a rusty old car being flogged as a Ferrari. Can’t help but wonder what this assembly does, what’s its point? How do they train their “professionals”? I’d suggest to lie ’till the cows come home, identify potential children as playthings for their evil clergy, put lipstick on the pig and hope it convinces someone or perhaps select the silly hats so appreciated by the RCC’s deluded “leaders”, whatever. After they lose this battle, they’ll probably return to from whence they came, a dark cave under a cathedral.

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    Campaigns like this are really easy to organise when truth is the least relevant word in your life.

  6. Har Davids says:

    This dynamic speaker is a woman and should pay attention to the contents of her Bible: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

  7. Bob says:

    Clearly, you only support free speech if it agrees with you.

  8. Broga says:

    There are some phrases that turn me off big time and one of them is “a speaker who demands to be heard.”

    Others are: unbelievable (applied to sports instances); not to be missed (usually all too missable); pops in to join the fun; team vicar; as you have never seen him before; anything where your bank says it is going to simplify something.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Broga: “Miraculous”. I read it only yesterday, applied once again to someone who was fortunate enough to survive a natural disaster!

  10. Cali Ron says:

    Broga: “Expert witness” and “political analyst”. Also, “new and improved” which usually means they have taken something I liked and ruined it.

    How exactly can “words” demand to be heard, or demand anything for that matter?

  11. Broga says:

    Good suggestions. How about (get ready for this one as it is a bit heavy) “Our religious correspondent.” When I hear that I go for the off button like a rat up a drainpipe.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Well – how about “Royal Correspondent”, or, even worse, “Royal Watcher”? And does anyone understand how Nicholas Witchell could possibly continue in his role after being so publicly humiliated by Prince Charles and his two brats, or why he gave up a career in news presenting to front such inane reports in the first place?

  13. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: “Royal Correspondent” is a job where the holder has to abandon all self respect and be ready to abase himself/herself before a bunch of mediocrities. The description “correspondent” is, of course, a euphemism for propagandist as objective reporting is the last thing the royals want or will accept.

  14. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Trevor Blake:
    Thanks. It’s neither as impressive nor as scary as I imagined/feared it would be: nor as good. The Titanic reference at the end was disappointing.
    For a really impressive iceberg ad see:

  15. tonye says:

    Broga, barriejohn and Cali Ron;

    A phrase that makes my blood run cold, and seems to be used for multiple items, is ‘this years must have – clothes/shoes/bag/car etc’

  16. Broga says:

    @tonye: Oh, that is beautiful. Just reading the words makes me queasy.

  17. lucy1 says:

    Find out how it will affect me?
    Well, if I were Australian and wanted to marry my same sex lover, it would be fantastic. If I were Australian and did not want to marry my same sex lover it does not affect me at all in any way… am I missing something?

  18. Cali Ron says:

    tonye: Cringe worthy.. In the same vein,”Must see TV”and “Blockbuster”.

  19. barriejohn says:

    @lucy1: You’ve said it all!