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February 5th, 2007

I hit a nerve -- but what do YOU think?

I'm sure I'm not the first today to get a copy of the explanatory letter (below) from Brainfood. However, my original point about "is this humour or hurt?" is still valid. Some people considered the "God Hates Fags" song and accompanying website as a joke and simply enjoyed it at face value and laughed it off; whereas some others believed his message: That God does indeed hate fags, and fags need to be insulted and belittled into conforming to their 'correct' ways of life.

I have received a lot of support in my pursuit to keep the hate-filled video off of YouTube, MySpace, Revver, Google Video and other public places where (whether or not it's a joke.) The video hasn't been always been perceived as a joke and has caused great pain in the form of verbal attacks in the comments to the videos. Even my re-mix of Donnie's video has resulted in a large number of "FAGGOT!" comments, which you simply don't see, as I don't approve them.

The point to my whole anti-Donnie Davies endeavor has been that without proper clarity that this is indeed a JOKE (and in my opinion, it's simply not far enough "over the top" to guarantee that it is a joke), that some people will take the message of hate seriously and will gather to fag-bash people -- at first online, and then who knows? Perhaps to the level experienced by Matthew Shepard?

"Bash a Fag For Jesus!" ... Is this a 'joke' too? "Anti-gay Christian Terrorists are targeting the day by calling the day "Bash a Fag For Jesus" (oh, wait, I guess they're really calling it a "Day of Truth" but my title is more accurate) where they target kids who are participating in the day by wearing T-shirts and handing out gay-bashing flyers." -- nope, they're serious. Kinda sounds a LOT like the Donnie Davies' project...

Well, read BrainFood's excuse/purpose/reason for promoting homophobia... I'll continue my rant below.
-----Original Message-----
From: Donnie Davies [mailto:donnie@lovegodsway.org]
Sent: 05 February 2007 20:00
To: ChazAntonelli@yahoo.com
Subject: Response for direct inquiries to Brainfood about Donnie Davies


Hello,

You have correctly discerned that Brainfood provides services to the Donnie
Davies project. We are providing this explanatory letter to people that fail
to get the joke to the degree of directly contacting us or, in some cases,
illegally attempting to disrupt our system services.

The site is indeed a hoax. Donnie Davies and his ministry are a cartoon of
forces at work in America that we feel are destructive to the Nation's moral
compass and the integrity of community spirit. We do not condone the practice
of demonstrating at the funerals of America's fallen soldiers and we do not
subscribe to the belief that gays and/or lesbians should be rounded up and
placed in death camps. We perceive these views to be disgusting and
anti-American. We also recognize that America must be tolerant of dissent to
preserve our Liberty and our way of life. The Donnie Davies project was
created as a mechanism to electronically excite protest, ignite discussion
and seed key phrases that would alter search results we view to be strategic.

Everyone is a critic and everyone will always have an opinion about how things
could be done better. We weighed the situation very carefully before we
entered into this because we knew that a certain amount of confusion was
necessary to provoke sufficient discussion. Before our campaign, searching
Google for the phrase "god hates fags" returned unadulterated hatred
slandering our soldiers, our country and the GLBT community. We have now
provided a message that people can hopefully laugh at. We believe meeting
hate with more hate only increases hate. Comedy has a fighting chance of
diffusing the situation.

For myself, personally, I got involved with this project because of Alan
Turing. Alan was the scientist who designed the world's first computers in
order to break the encryption used in Nazi submarines. He was a hero. After
the war he was imprisoned for being gay. You can read more about him here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_turing

That is our story. We regret if we have caused you emotional harm. We
understand that this explanation may not suffice and that you may view our
enterprise as misguided or malign. We felt otherwise and we acted. Supporting
us, whether you believe in us or not, is part of being American.

Best regards,
Team Donnie Davies

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I'm very interested to hear what other people think and feel about BrainFood's rationalization for doing this.

  • Do you think BrainFood's involvement was ethical?
  • Was it okay that this campaign is just a joke and "Comedy has a fighting chance of
    diffusing the situation?"
  • ... or do you feel, as I do that this "comedy" actually incited even further hatrid of homosexuals by the relegious right and gave them a focal point in which to harass us further?

    I feel that homosexuals have enough real-world issues that we're trying to overcome and don't need ad campaigns, such as the Donnie Davies project, wasting our energy. The Snickers advert during the Superbowl was obviously done as humour, and it was close to the edge of taste (in my opinion) -- but, when you went to their website, you got to see three other commercial prototypes for Snickers based on the same theme that weren't as funny -- and to top it off, you got to watch professional football players' reactions (from the Bears and the Colts) as they recoiled while watching ads that showed men kissing. Read more about the Snickers promo at AMERICAblog.



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