A few days ago, Hotwire released a commercial advertising what Hotwire always advertises: an affordable way to book hotels. What’s different this time around is that this new commercial depicts a gay couple, looking to spend the night out at a hotel. The ad features David Blacker, who blogs at Gays with Kids, and his real-life husband, Alex Goldstone, who are looking forward to spending their upcoming anniversary at a hotel, since their in-laws have agreed to babysit for them. It’s a funny and adorable commercial with Alex only wanting to sleep at the hotel, and David lamenting that that’s all his husband wants.
Of course, something wouldn’t be a positive and realistic portrayal of the LGBT community if One Thousand Nutjobs One Million Moms didn’t feel threatened enough to troll it so, naturally, that’s what they did. The chronically demented group took to their website to post:
Hotwire.com is in hot water with conservative families over their newest commercial. Consumers should be aware of the offensive ad because there are many other travel sites to choose from if parents are warned about this indecent ad.
…Hotwire.com is in hot water with conservative families over their newest commercial. Consumers should be aware of the offensive ad because there are many other travel sites to choose from if parents are warned about this indecent ad.
… Please send Hotwire.com an email letter asking them to pull their “Lucky Me” commercial immediately.
Honestly, the commercial depicts a cheeky yet completely common situation that heterosexual spouses have been claiming for ages: that being married with children often makes sleep the number one priority in the bedroom. However, based on One Million Moms’ insane message, you’d think that Hotwire were showcasing David and Alex go into graphic detail about gay sex, kinky leather action and grotesque bondage scenarios. To be honest, I don’t even find Three Dozen Sadsacks One Million Moms’ message offensive… I find it pathetic and laughable.
So, to the rest of you beautiful readers, especially my young gay readers who are one day hoping for a family just like Alex and David’s, I encourage you to ignore the idiocy directed at the commercial, and instead focus on a few other factors. Realise that David and Alex are a married couple with a kid! The reason they’re looking forward to a night out in the first place is because they’ve been run ragged by their child, which is a quintessential sign of a good parent. This isn’t limited at all to heterosexuals; same-sex couple are just as capable of being wonderful, doting parents. Recognise also that the two of them have been afforded the night out because they have parents who are willing to babysit for them. Just because the crazies over at A Handful of Basketcases One Million Moms can’t envision themselves being supportive if their own kids turn out to be gay, doesn’t mean that all parents are as hateful and narrow-minded. Don’t write off your parents just yet, just because they maybe make some ignorant comments sometimes. People are often intolerant to issues that they aren’t familiar with, but they can surprise you by how much they change after a bit of education.
Good for Hotwire for producing the ad in spite of the hate that they no doubt knew they would face, and good for couples like Alex and David for electing to have the families that they want in spite of the hate that they no doubt know they will continue to face.