Friday, June 27, 2008

Just Trying to Understand...

Photo of the Yesterday: THE VINDOW VIPER - HE HAS FOUND ME!!!

On the subway in the mornings, I've noticed a Manhattan Storage ad with a picture of a battered woman that says "Support the gay and lesbian anti-violence project." I know this is an important issue, but wouldn't it be better if the sign said "Support anti-violence against humans,"? Then there's the ad I've seen on the side of phone kiosks: There's a orange-hooded punk, and a check-list that says he should learn to “Eat your vegetables. Finish your homework. Respect women.” Not to cry "save the males," but it would be pretty funny if the sign was a picture of a teenage girl and suggested she learned to "respect men." But seriously, how about simply, "Respect other human beings,"?

I've always had a problem with hate crime laws, because they seem to me to enforce the division that they're purporting to stop: If someone beats the living crap out of another person, it shouldn't matter that they're different races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, or whatever. All that should matter is that one human being was pummeling another with his or her fists until that person was dead or in the hospital. Equality means we should simply see each other as people, and that should be more than enough.

I'm curious how an ad campaign would work that would promote unity instead of division. How about a subway poster of a kid shot on the street corner with the words, "HE WAS ANOTHER HUMAN BEING- WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?" in bold print? You could do the same with pictures of battered women, one kid tripping another, a burning cross, whatever you want. I call it the "What the fuck is wrong with you?" campaign. Feel free to make whatever posters you want and paste them across the globe. Maybe people will get the hint.



Aravis said...

Ha, I like that idea. I'll be looking for those signs now. *G*

Knitting Painter Woman said...

IMHO, nobody would admit that they're not nice to "people in general"... but they MIGHT have a moment of cognitive dissonance if someone asked them to be nice (or even tolerent) of GLBT's, women, or whatever.
Maybe there should be campaignts for "Be nice to bikers" or "Smile at your homeys." Or a firefighter, police officer whatever, with the idea "He wants to be loved, too."

Anonymous said...

I like your idea Tony!

Rayne said...

Your idea is fantastic! That's a wonderful, incredible, fantastic, idea. How do you go about it?

Caroline said...

I think you are right... making the divisions stronger is the wrong way around... all people need respect... love if you can manage it, but at least respect!