Leo-and-Tony-30-yearsCUEVAS-CUSIMANO |  Tony Cuevas and Leo Cusimano celebrated their 30th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 12. Cuevas works for Southern Methodist University. Cusimano is advertising director for Dallas Voice. The couple live in Oak Cliff with their two sons, Elijah and JJ.

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WATCH: Is this Bud for us? New Budweiser ad appears to support gays in the military

Budweiser has released a new military-themed ad that some folks are saying is also a “pro-gays-in-the-military” ad.

The ad starts off with a soldier calling another guy and saying, “Hey man. I’m coming home.” Then in a split-screen, continues with scenes of the soldier making his way home while the other guy goes about planning and organizing a welcome home party, and then being the first one to step forward and hug the soldier when he gets home.

If it is a “gay” ad, it isn’t, well, flamboyantly gay. And that’s perfectly fine, since there are many, many, many LGBT people out there — including many of our men and women in uniform — who are definitely not flamboyantly gay themselves. We deserve to have our diverse community portrayed (and honored and celebrated) realistically in all our diversity.

Is this a gay ad? Did Budweiser mean for it to be a gay ad? Huffington Post has a poll up, and readers there are pretty evenly split, with 33 percent saying it is totally gay, 25 percent saying no way it’s gay, and 41 percent saying probably not but I can see why some folks think it is.

And points out that “if you substituted a woman for [the guy the soldier calls first], it would read pretty much exactly like a heterosexual relationship.”

Only Budweiser knows for sure, of course. But — again, as AfterElton notes — this is a mega-big company with some pretty experienced advertising folks working for them, and do you really think they would let something so very obviously possibly gay slip through inadvertently?

Watch the ad yourself (below) and see what you think. All I know for sure is that I don’t drink beer of any kind, but if I did drink beer, I think I’d probably drink Bud.

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You’ve Got 50 Seconds To Figure Out What Cristiano Ronaldo Is Advertising

Because after that, it's pretty obvious. Hint: It's not underwear.


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Sir Vaughn sunglasses unveils what may be the riskiest ad EVER: 2 men having oral sex

OK, so I was just watching “Shortbus” on video the other day, John Cameron Mitchell’s sexually explicit but not pornographic art film about gay people that includes actual sex acts. It was shocking when it came out, and it still is, though not the kind of movie you hear much about anymore.

But what timing: The advertising equivalent of that movie is just out. And it’s gonna shock you. Maybe in a good way, but shock you.

The company is called Sir Vaughn. They make sunglasses. I have never heard of them, but then, I am not much of one to buy designer sunglasses anyway. But I know of them now and I suspect a lot more people will.

In the print ad, which you can see after the jump (NSFW), one man is performing oral sex on another man (and while the image is blurred out, it’s clearly what it is). The one performing fellatio is wearing a pair of Rockstar Warrior sunglasses.

According to the press release, “The idea being the campaign is to remind the viewer that they and their partner may look attractive to one another naked, and during sex, they’d look much better with Sir Vaughn sunglasses on.” The name of the campaign: Gay Sex Sells.

This is certainly not the first time a company has used sex — or even nudity — to sell a product. But even including a Tom Ford ad for YSL that appeared in Europe (also after the jump and NSFW), it is definitely the most explicit.

So I guess my question is, what gives? Do you like it?

P.S. — The company also says it will release a hetero version later this summer.

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French safe sex ad

Please do not watch this if you are easily offended. Oh, wait, if you are, then maybe you need this ad more the rest of us.

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