View Full Version : Gay ANZAC Ad - is it offensive?
20th April 2007, 09:31 AM
Here is the ad:
The gay scene has traditionally taken the ANZAC theme and really run with it, but is this too far?
20th April 2007, 11:54 AM
I think it is offensive especially to the poor bloke in the main photo as he didn't even know it was going to be taken and/or used for this purpose.....
i think the whole ad lacks personality and is tacky anyway - i wouldn't go to the event.
i think homesexuals "combat" is more appropriate as it is loosely tied to the holiday than this crappola......its one thing to hold a military enspired event its another to use the words ANZAC and "lest we (or in this case you) forget)" to promote it - thats disrespectful of the true ANZAC's
20th April 2007, 12:34 PM
yes, remove the fact that it's a gay party and a HIDEOUS ad - and you are left with something that hasn't tried to do anything creative with the public holiday. while other ANZAC themes might be tongue in cheek, this is just odd... it's been too literal, which is wrong considering the event has no relevance to ANZAC day.
And if you'd been through a war experience, or if you knew someone who had, or if you'd lost someone through war, well I can see how it could be a very touchy subject, and why these rituals mean so much to so many...
20th April 2007, 12:35 PM
I think any type of "commando" or "army" or "combat" theme is just naff naff naff around Anzac Day time.
Such an original thought....
20th April 2007, 11:26 PM
I dont find it offensive.. BUT
its certainly bad taste, as well as quite illegal... Peel hotel should be ashamed to let that one slip past..
I watched a doco a few years ago about gay men in the first and second world wars..
not to mention all the amazing homoerotic art that came out of this period from artists in the field...
21st April 2007, 12:25 PM
there's a big lesson to be learned from this:
just because it's ANZAC day does not mean we can have anymore miltary themed parties on the holiday eve. that's it. they have to stop. it's just plain tacky and cliched. when will these party organisers learn that holiday themed parties are so 20th century and get on with creating something original? probably never, but that won't stop me from having a rant.
22nd April 2007, 08:09 PM
...probably never, but that won't stop me from having a rant.
rant away! i certainly think you have a point. very unoriginal. stale. military might be a fetish, but that's such a far cry from the reality of ANZAC Day!
26th April 2007, 05:19 PM
Okay, now you tell me which poster is more offensive.
26th April 2007, 06:17 PM
27th April 2007, 05:38 AM
can we get a thread devoted entirely to this topic?
and i was right, anzac day themed parties are totally tacky.
there's no way to avoid it.
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