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Telling Our Stories: Second City’s Rick Perry Spoof

Telling Our Stories: Second City's Rick Perry Spoof

(Waymon Hudson for RedEye)

In the latest edition of our Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting online messages of equality), we look at the power of satire and humor to make a searing point against homophobia in Second City’s amazing spoof of Rick Perry’s anti-gay “Strong” campaign ad called “Rick Perry: Weak, man.”

A flailing Rick Perry Presidential campaign in the GOP primary released one of the most anti-gay TV ads in recent memory, attacking Obama’s “war on religion”, as well demeaning gay servicemembers and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Here’s his ad:

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“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.” -Rick Perry

Well, Chicago comedy institution The Second City took umbrage at the bigoted ad and went after Perry with their usual sense of irreverent humor. “I’m a Godless heathen and I approve this message…”

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Second City had this to say about why they made their response video:

It’s hard to tell exactly what Perry was on about in much of this. Honestly, if kids “observed” Christmas any harder in schools than they already do, they would be elves. And liberals don’t hate religion, we’re too busy drum circling, same sex marrying, and not owning guns to bother.

So what was he talking about? He was talking about trying to break double digits in Iowa. And since he’s sitting on a big pile of money from people who once thought he was going to be president, it’ll be fun to see him thrash about as his campaign gasps for air.

But Rick Perry and all other heathen-haters take note: atheists and agnostics are 20 percent of the population and growing–more than African-Americans or Latinos. Add in gays, lesbians, bi and transgender folks, and you not only have a substantial voting block, you have a fucking awesome party. Lezzdoit.

Lezzdoit, indeed. As a side note, it has also been pointed out that Perry’s jacket in the video is the same one Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain

Sometimes comedy and satire can shine a light on the ridiculousness of an issue better than anything…

The Telling Our Stories series highlights people that have used new media, like youtube videos or blogs, to tell stories that have moved virally through the social sphere of influence to make an impact. Share these stories, use them as discussion points with those in your life, and suggest other videos that have moved you in the comments section. Be sure to check out some of our other posts in the Telling Our Stories series:

- “It’s Time” for Marriage Equality
-“Two Lesbians Raised A Baby & This Is What They Got”
-“NOISE” An Anthem for Equality
-Second City’s Rick Perry Spoof: “Weak, man.”

This is a RedEye community blog. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author and not those of RedEye or Tribune Company.


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