Dec. 21st, 2005
Should marketers listen to the bigots at the American Family Association?  
Okay, I don't really like these things, as I think anyone who gives credibility to an uncontrolled internet poll is an idiot. But, judging by the number of people who actually voted for our Idiot In Chief in the last presidential election, our country does seem to have more than its fair share of idiots running around, so it's probably not a bad idea to take 5 seconds and do this.

This week Advertising Age is running an online poll asking, "Should marketers bow to pressure from groups like the American Family Association?" As of this afternoon, 67% of voters said yes and 33% said no.

Please go online and register your vote at and pass this along to others. It's vital that America's corporate leaders understand that a majority of Americans do not share the extreme views of the AFA or like-minded organizations. The poll will run until 4PM on Thursday, December 22nd.

This past year saw an unprecedented number of attacks by the American Family Association against corporations that support the gay and lesbian community. Companies that are targeted can experience weeks or months of sustained phone calls, emails and letters. Some even face boycotts. Many corporations standing tall but the pressure exerted by the extreme right is immense. When you notice corporate support of the gay community, be sure to register your approval with a phone call or email. We cannot let the radical right be the only voice that corporate America hears.
Mood: annoyed
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Matthewmattachu on December 21st, 2005 - 09:17 pm
i agree. polls are stupid and so are at least what...51% of Americans? wasn't that his total in the election. i swear if the GOP wins the white house agina, i am moving ouf of the country! lol
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eviltickles on December 21st, 2005 - 10:16 pm
okay the HRC and other LGBT pressure groups also pressure advertisers though.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on December 21st, 2005 - 10:50 pm

They pressure them to be inclusive and to support their gay employees and giving them equal benefits they give straight couples.

These AFA assholes are bigots who are trying to stop advertisers from giving any money to gay publications and supporting any gay causes. They want to reverse hate crime legislation. They want to undo domestic partnership benefits.

I see absoltely no similarities between what the HRC and LGBT do vs. what the bigots at the American Family Assocation do. The AFA is simply trying to spread its hate as far and as wide as it can.
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eviltickles on December 22nd, 2005 - 12:26 am
okay, let's amend my comment to "should they be swayed by pressure from groups like the AFA? no, but they should listen to groups advocating equilty" and the percentages have gone up for the "no" votes!
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on December 22nd, 2005 - 01:02 am
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... i see your point.

I read "like the AFA" to mean the fundie groups. They could have written it a little more clearly to indicate if that's how they meant it or if they just meant special interest groups in general.
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Bradbradzoid on December 22nd, 2005 - 12:24 am
As long as people continue to ignore marketers... Everything's fine.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on December 22nd, 2005 - 12:26 am
haha.. true that.
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allamericanjock on December 22nd, 2005 - 03:52 am
I remember when I was taking statistics in grad school, the professor made a huge, huge point about the difference between a "random sample" and a "convenient sample".

A "convenient sample" is NOT random, and therefore does NOT produce statistically valid results, and is to be avoided AT ALL COSTS when doing research.

I think more people should take his class.
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