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Lies and death, brought to you by corporate advertising

Timothy Kincaid

April 1st, 2010

In February, we shared with you a video by Molotov Mitchell in which he defended Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Mitchell endorsed the idea of executing gay people and called the Ugandan bill “more American than Americans”.

Make no mistake, Mitchell would delight to have homosexuality recriminalized in the West and would have no problem with death as the punishment. Because, as he says, God makes the rules and Jesus didn’t abolish the Old Testament.

But calling for the execution of gay people doesn’t sit comfortably with most Americans, even those who are socially conservative. So Mitchell is back with a new video, one in which he clarifies which gay people should be hanged at dawn.

And to do it, he lies about the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality bill. Mitchell claims to have read the bill and tells us that it is limited to three things: intentionally spreading HIV, child molestation, and coercion. Either he has never read the bill, is just lying about its contents, or he is a blithering idiot without any ability to comprehend simple English. (Unlike Mitchell and every other supporter of the bill, we provide it so that you can read for yourself).

But this time, Mitchell’s endorsement of executing some gay people is funded by corporate advertising. Depending on when viewed, Mitchell’s call for death is preceded by an advertisement encouraging you to buy Dell computers or French’s fried onions or search the internet on Bing (or perhaps even others).

Those who wonder why Bing, Dell or French’s would pay for propaganda designed to justify and deceive about the criminalization and execution of gay people can inquire with those companies by calling:

Reckitt Benckiser (French’s) USA: (973) 404-2600

Dell: (512) 338-4400

Microsoft: (800) 518-5689

Our international readers may wish to find their own local number for Reckitt Benckiser here.

I don’t know much about French’s, but Dell and Microsoft pride themselves on their inclusive diversity programs.

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Jonathan
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

The arrogance of this willfully ignorant tool is astonishing.

Regan DuCasse
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

Who IS this nutball anyway, and why wouldn’t anyone care what HE thinks?

Just askin’

Lindoro Almaviva
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

what website is this hosted? Hulu? Youtube? which one?

Lindoro Almaviva
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

is it me or is the dell ad no longer running? the one i get consistently is the French’s.

anteros
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

he’s having fun lying, and getting paid for it… at the expense of innocent lives.

disgusting.

Lying about Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill, with Corporate Sponsorship | The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

[...] But look at the corporate sponsors — AT&T, French’s, Dell, Bing.com … did I miss any? AT&T, Dell and Microsoft each got perfect scores on the HRC Corporate Equality Index this year. So what gives? Box Turtle Bulletin has phone numbers where you can call to complain. [...]

Kevin Andrews
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

I’ve called to the numbers listed here and this is the result:
French’s “is unaware”
Dell: Contact Stephanie stef@enfatico.com
Microsoft: 503 443 7000

I’ve been crystal clear with each of these contacts that as a LGBT Parent and a Gay Man I am calling for a total boycott and doing my best to advertise the endorsement of Kill the Gays by these corporations.

Do you remember Coors?

Accept nothing but retractions, payments in support of LGBT people and a public outcry against this vile act.

HalSF
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

I just visited the page where this video is posted and there are two prominent Flash ads in the right and left sidebars for State Farm Insurance:

1-877-734-2265

Lindoro Almaviva
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

I called French’s and Microsoft. Instead of calling to “inform” them of the situation i took a more direct approach. i asked for the name and location where i could send all my products that i still own from those companies and request my money back. Once the person got over the initial shock i explained to them what i had seen and played for them over the phone the ads and read the sites where they were and what the site was about.

The lady from Microsoft was scandalized and told me she was referring it to their advertising team to deal with as a priority.

The lady from french’s took all the information and told me she was making calls to make sure their advertisement dept knew what was going on.

Whether that worked it remains to be seen, but there is nothing like telling someone I want to know where do I need to send every product from your company I own and request that my money is given back to be because your company is promoting the killing of gays in a website and as a gay man I refuse to own any product from a company that believes that i should be killed.

Faster than you can spell egg they are on the web looking at the sites and taking notes, since their computers will not show flash.

Lindoro Almaviva
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

Add PNC Bank to the list of people who needs to be called. i just saw an advertisement for their bank right before the rant.

AJD
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

I wouldn’t be surprised if Dell/MS/French’s weren’t aware their ads were being included in the video. I would guess that they purchased the ad space from WingNutDaily as part of a package deal that allows WND to use the ads wherever it chooses. That may change when they find out they’re being used on the videos of this hatemonger…

Timothy Kincaid
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

If you’re interested in having Jason “Molotov” Mitchell come lie to your group, he’s available through CMB, a Catholic booking service that also brings such luminaries as Alan Keyes and the brother of Terri Scheivo who fought to keep her brain-dead body artificially functioning.

Regan DuCasse
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

Tim, seriously? A Catholic booking agency?
With names like that they represent?

UGH. Ugh…double ugh!

Well, we all know…Keyes threw his daughter up against the curb to suit his own agenda.
Mustn’t let flesh and blood get in the way of paper and ink.
Yep, thems those family values for ya!

Jason Kuznicki
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

I’m getting AT&T ads as well. With Dell and Microsoft, that makes three companies who scored a perfect 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index.

I can only presume, and hope, that they didn’t know what was going on.

George
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

The “sponsors” should absolutely be informed about what’s going on here. These are boycott-worthy offenses. I doubt they would approve. There apparently is some weak link in the systems that connect advertising to (some) videos — it needs to be promptly uncovered and fixed. This guy obviously deserves zero corporate sponsorship. Maybe Westboro or LaBarbera will help him out, though.

I doubt this would happen in this case — because it’s so obviously, unambiguously offensive — but sometimes companies will give you a “bulk ad buy”/”we don’t always have control over specific placements” excuse. Which is bullshit: They are 100% accountable relative to ad placements. It’s their product/name literally sponsoring the video. If “bulk ad buys” come up with this kind of pairing, then they have to stop bulk ad buys.

Thanks, Box Turtle Bulletin, for covering this, and spreading the word.

Emily K
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

huzzah to everyone taking this swift and mobile stand!!! Lindoro, your tactic is brilliant. i shall remember that one.

Richard W. Fitch
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

It would be interesting to know of any monetary transfers from Ssempa, Bahati, Butoro, M7 and others to a Swiss bank acct. Just saying.

andrew
April 1st, 2010 | LINK

Just noting… I logged in and where it said “advertisement”, I saw nothing but black screen… Do boundaries actually exist?

Timothy (TRiG)
April 2nd, 2010 | LINK

I tried it. I saw the message “Advertisement. Your video will resume shortly.” And then straight to the video: no ads.

TRiG.

Brady
April 2nd, 2010 | LINK

Yeah, I’m thinking the complaining must have worked. I’m not showing any ads now either.

Gene Touchet
April 2nd, 2010 | LINK

Um…Jesus did pretty much abolish the OT. Otherwise, what’s the point?

customartist
April 2nd, 2010 | LINK

The HRC Corporate Ratings are bogus. HRC rates Marriott high, but also owned under the Marriott umbrella is Host Hotels, with a poorer rating.

Facts are facts, and the Mormon-owned worldwide Marriott Corp may EMPLOY Gays, but it surely does make squillions which are paid out to the Boards of Directors and other predominantly Mormon Shareholders, who in turn Tithe to the Mormon Church, which then funds NOM. All links in the chain of opression. Do not be fooled.

Andre
April 3rd, 2010 | LINK

How many of our gay people ever point a finger at heterosexuals? I am sure if they start with statistics, they would find murder and rape is mostly done by straight men or even woman. Even to the shock of some members rape or even indecent assault is done by family members. Whele he dares to bring up the Bible of his reference, so wrong. he wants to translate the bible so that it suits him. Never in the bible does it say it condole killing people, but there is also a warning, eye for an eye.

KZ
April 4th, 2010 | LINK

What an ass! He ‘forgot’ about repeat offenders. I’m not a pedophile, or spreading HIV, or coercing anyone into having sex with me, but if I was a Ugandan I would be subject to the death penalty as a repeat homosexual offender under this ridiculous bill.

If a nation outlawed Christianity through a democratic process, Mitchell and other members of the Religious Right would be all over it!

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