Token Gay Friend

by arianne

The Human Rights Campaign has a new….um…campaign, called “Tom, the Token Gay Friend”. I can see the need for this, but the video spots are just plain lame. Check them out here to see what I mean.

I don’t want to say that it doesn’t happen in real life where a gay person says something about their Plight to a group of their “friends”, and the room responds with nothing but crickets chirping…but honestly, this seems SO unlikely. Would a gay person really be friends with a whole big group of people that laughed at the things they said having to do with being gay? Please.

Seems to me that it would be like most people…they don’t “get” you, you don’t hang with them. No matter the subject.

I have a couple token gay friends (I’ll use their insulting language since its funny and I’m a go with the flow kind of gal), my favorite being my hair stylist Jeff. He hates these ads (but likes Tom, of course).

What do you think?

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