UPDATED: Fred Karger ad featuring gay kiss deemed “inappropriate” by YouTube

Fred Karger

Fred Karger has released the first ad in history for a presidential candidate that includes a gay kiss.

Karger is one of four Republicans left in the presidential race. Six names, including Karger’s, will appear on the California ballot.

He is kicking of his California campaign with a press conference in Sacramento on Wednesday. A 30-second version of the ad begins airing in three southern California counties — Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego — on Thursday.

“This is our biggest and most exciting commercial to date,” Karger wrote in an email. “It ends with a gay kiss, a first for a Presidential campaign commercial. My friends Andrew Reynolds and Michael Aguirre have been together for 7 years and I really appreciate their history making smooch.”

Below is the one-minute online version of the ad dubbed “Sexy Frisbee.” The Karger campaign has been giving out frisbees as campaign mementos.

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning I received this message from Fred Karger:

Thanks for the coverage of our commercial, you’re the best.

Guess what? YouTube pulled it as “inappropriate.” Going to do battle with them to put it back up. Crazy. Was it the kiss? Will keep you posted.

All the best,
Fred Karger

—  David Taffet

Movie Monday: ‘The Ides of March’ in wide release

Ryan’s hope

Set during a presidential primary, it’s little more than a middling episode of The West Wing, laden down with a weak performance by Evan Rachel Wood, a contrived, unconvincing political scandal involving candidate George Clooney (who also directs, woodenly) and even a self-important title. Vote “no” on this ballot measure. Please, Ryan, just strip and stop trying.

Two stars.

Read the entire review here.

DEETS: Starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rated R. 102 minutes. In wide release.

—  Rich Lopez

QUEER CLIP: ‘THE IDES OF MARCH’

Queer-PicksRyan Gosling has discovered a cool little niche for himself recently: He gives equal time to parading around shirtless showing off his abs on magazine covers and in digestible Hollywood pabulum (Crazy Stupid Love, The Notebook) and staring off blankly under the guise of acting in regrettable art films (Drive, All Good Things). That formula has won him praise by easily fooled critics, who appear to be the target audience for The Ides of March, a slow and pretentious political thriller in which Gosling gets to be the love interest and the intellectual hero, all without betraying anything bordering on genuine emotion.

Set during a presidential primary, it’s little more than a middling episode of The West Wing, laden down with a weak performance by Evan Rachel Wood, a contrived, unconvincing political scandal involving candidate George Clooney (who also directs, woodenly) and even a self-important title. Vote “no” on this ballot measure. Please, Ryan, just strip and stop trying.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Two stars. In wide release.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 7, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

What’s Brewing: Romney won’t sign ‘Marriage Vow’; Bachmann says being gay is ‘part of Satan’

Mitt Romney

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won’t sign a right-wing Iowa group’s anti-gay “Marriage Vow” pledge, according to the Associated Press. A spokeswoman for Romney said he “strongly supports traditional marriage,” but that the pledge “contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.” According to the AP, Romney is the first GOP candidate to reject the Family Leader’s pledge, which the group says candidates must sign to be eligible for its endorsement. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have already signed the 14-point “Marriage Vow.”

2. Speaking of Bachmann, as she continues to face intense media scrutiny over her “ex-gay” clinic — Good As You has dredged up an audio clip of the Minnesota congresswoman speaking at a conference in 2004 where she suggested that being gay is “part of Satan.”

3. Which brings us back to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is now said to have a “huge opening” if he decides to enter the GOP presidential primary. Which is why we’re glad Right Wing Watch is continuing its damning investigation of Perry’s partners for his Aug. 6 day of prayer in Houston. The latest gem uncovered by Right Wing Watch is Dr. John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, who believes homosexuality is a population control plot by the Illuminati. Watch video below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Fred Karger’s New Hampshire TV ad

Fred Karger

Openly gay Republican candidate Fred Karger, profiled in last week’s Dallas Voice, began campaigning in New Hampshire this week. His TV ads began running in Manchester on broadcast TV and on cable throughout the state.

The ad, dubbed “Demon Frisbee,” will run in 30-second and one-minute versions. A longer Internet version is below. They highlight the campaign theme “Bringing Back the American Spirit – Optimism and Getting Along,” but also incorporate the campaign’s self-deprecating slogan “Fred Who?”

The spot by filmmaker John Keitel is designed to let New Hampshire voters know that Karger and his volunteers will walk door-to-door all over New Hampshire and give away Fred Frisbees to voters, Karger wrote in an email to Dallas Voice.

New Hampshire holds the first presidential primary. Although officially scheduled for the second Tuesday in March, it could be moved up if another state decides to hold a primary before then. The state’s laws require that the primary be held seven days before any other state.

—  David Taffet