Republican presidential contender Rick Perry released a campaign ad this week called "Strong" in which he equates national strength with the tenets of his Christian faith. Perry says:
"… there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As president, I'll end Obama's war on religion…."
But while Perry's message is insulting to gays, they do get the last laugh, according to America Blog.
In the ad, Perry is wearing a jacket nearly identical to one worn by actor Heath Ledger in his famous role as a closet homosexual in "Brokeback Mountain." Costume designer Marit Allen had noted that the jackets Ledger wore in the film were chosen to convey the character's repressed homosexuality.
Replicas of the jacket Ledger wore to portray Ennis Del Mar has been seen in other venues, including these:
* In 2006, the group Outfest auctioned off one of the jackets as a fundraiser for its Legacy Project for LGBT film preservation.
* In 2005, the same year "Brokeback Mountain" was released, a Nabisco commercial for Fig Newtons featured a man wearing this jacket in an ad with a "gay motif," according to commercial closet. The man in the jacket and a man in a plaid shirt are watching a man in a tutu on a farm. The jacket man said to the plaid shirt man, "So you're saying he's a fairy?" The plaid shirt man replies, "Snack fairy." The commercial was described as offensive by Eric Patterson, author of On Brokeback Mountain.
* According to the Examiner, gay actress Ellen DeGeneres gave Heath Ledger a baby gift for his daughter Mathilda in 2006 consisting of a miniature copy of the outfit he wore in the film, including the jacket.
- Heath Ledger
- Rick Perry