Okay, so I’m probably going to get in a lot of trouble for this, and it’s certainly possible that I’m a complete idiot, but I do not understand this NOH8 campaign at all. You’ve seen these ads, in which luminaries running the gamut from Cindy McCain to Madison Hildebrand are photographed bearing the NOH8 stamp on their cheeks and duct tape over their mouths. The point is to show the range of people– gay, straight, and related to John McCain– who oppose California’s Proposition 8 and support same-sex marriage. Okay so that’s good!
What I don’t understand at all is the iconography of the photos. Why do they have tape over their mouths? What does tape-mouth have to do with anything? If they’re saying that they won’t be silenced anymore, or that they’re trying to speak out, shouldn’t they NOT have tape on their mouths? If they are trying to imply that they ARE being silenced… well, why? They’re not! They’re appearing in an advertisement! I’m so confused!
I’m sure there’s some kind of explanation for this, but even if there is, shouldn’t it be way more obvious? Or am I an idiot? Can someone please explain to me why these people have tape on their mouths?
(Whether or not these ads make any sense, I think we can all agree that The Real World’s Scott Herman has a sick body…)