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Proposition 8 inspires star-studded musical

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The Proposition 8 battle has prompted a star-studded music video that is available at the website Funny or Die.

Written by Marc Shaiman and directed by Adam Shankman, the piece shows gay marriage backers and foes debating the issue in song against the backdrop of a Sacramento community college theater. John C. Reilly and Allison Janney lead the gay marriage foes -- all dressed in dark Sunday-best suits. The anti-Prop. 8 crowd includes Neil Patrick Harris and Andy Richter.

The musical begins with the gay marriage supporters singing about "a brand new bright Obama day.... Happy days for the gays." The anti forces then move in, singing: "Nobody's looking, let's spread the hate ... Proposition 8!"

Jack Black then appears as Jesus, who takes part in some mediation. By the end of the video, everyone seems to oppose Prop. 8 (in part because of the lawyers and tattoo removal required to end those same-sex marriages).

The video posted just recently. Early reviews?

Gawker: "This reminds us how smart Obama was to keep celebrities from too-vocally supporting him.... Because usually they seem really obnoxious and do more to aggravate than they do to inure. Oh, plus the music sucks."

Playbill has some of the cast names: The "Proposition 8'ers and The People That Follow Them" include John C. Reilly as Prop 8 Leader; Allison Janney as Prop 8 Leader's #1 Wife; Kathy Najimy as Prop 8 Leader's #2 Wife; Jenifer Lewis as Riffing Prop 8'er; Craig Robinson as A Preacher; and Rashida Jones, Lake Bell and Sarah Chalke as Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell.

-- Shelby Grad

 
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Rock ON!!! Im sure the Zealots are fuming right about now.... OH MY GOD...Jack Black was Jesus, Brilliant!!!

Lets hear it for blasphemy!!!

When will the dummies realize the Bible is insane. Dumb Dumb Dumb.

i used to think the l.a. times was one of the better news sources. now that they seem bent on promoting their views on this subject as front page headlines, i no longer feel like they are worth my time. how is this cheesy community play worthy of front home page space? even those who agree with the message of this video must admit it is a stretch to call this headline material, especially with so many other major timely current events stories people are seeking information on.

Can anyone explain to me how it is a "brand new bright Obama day" for gays and lesbians? After all, he is against gay marriage and many of his comments were used in election flyers circulated in favor of Prop 8. Further, it was the Obama voters who voted overwhelmingly in favor of Prop. 8. In order to succeed in overturning the vote on Prop. 8 people need to face up to the facts, and stop blaming only the usual suspects, just because they are easy targets.

The people have spoken. It's part of the State Constitution. Nothing more can be said, except by the Federal Courts. Apparently the folks involved in these continued anti prop-8 demonstrations are too stupid to understand what the State Constitution is. It is the Supreme Law of the State. It is what THE PEOPLE want and what they have voted on -- twice. Grow up and live with it, or move to a state that you can live with.

It is far from over. Last time I checked, we still lived in the U.S.A. So, people against Prop 8 still have the right to protest against and speak out against and sing out against a law that takes away human rights. I am so tired of hypocritical so-called Christians. Jesus would be ashamed of you judgemental, selfish, unloving people. But, I don't hate you. I will just say despite your beliefs, God bless.

Hilarious!

So glad the Christofascists could come out in full force today to complain. The more the video irritates them, the happier I am. And I'm sure Allison Janney and John C. Reilly's careers will survive if a few anti-gay wingnuts boycot their movies. Like they ever see their movies anyway. LOL!

Wow, that is so full of lies I hardly know where to start...

Cool. Keep up the good work. Stop hate, it lead to one Holocaust, we don't need another. Go Cho. Thanks to all the actors!!!!

Let's call for more "blasphemy". Most Christians already have a pretty deep misunderstanding of Christianity.

I am a Christian and I do not find anything wrong with this video. Writing discrimination in the constitution has NEVER been right.

the more and more I read latimes it looks like their pushing their own agenda-
gay marriage is wrong-we all know it deep inside-it does'nt matter if someone creates a law, or legislates new rules-the fundamental principal will never change, wrong is wrong-

Obama doesn't support a federal gay marriage amendment, and instead believes individual states should retain control fo marriage laws (i.e. what it has always been). This is not the same as opposing gay marriage. You'll note that Obamawas opposed to Prop. 8, which would be an odd position if in fact he were opposed to gay marriage.

yes, obama doesn't support gay 'marriage' but he also believe that homosexual couples deserve the same rights as straight ones. Eventually, any couple that wants to be together and be recognized by the government will be a 'civil union' and 'marriage' will be an optional religious ceremony. Problem solved

Matt in LA & Scott, "a vast majority of the country" also opposed inter-racial marriage until 1968 when THE COURT (not the people) decided it was unconstitutional in Loving vs. Virginia. The people then came around - for the most part. The role of the court is to protect the minority not the majority. Oh and for those who say that we should just "shut up" - that's not going to happen until the wrong that has been committed is corrected.

I laughed, loved Jack. It's admirable to attempt a sense of humor with something terribly and deeply painful as a loss of a fundamental, human, civil right. Sorry, but 8 was a vote for religious rule, simple as that, hence the slam back to its main proponents. But I'd have liked the chorus to point out where "majority rules" in this country forbade blacks to marry whites, slaves to keep their children, and permission to kill Indians, and all the other crazy laws on the books to protect an onerous majority throughout American history. "Majority rules" is a frightening thing and there's a reason we need other laws to protect harmless minorities. What's next? What else is the religious right planning to invade?

no brainer, protect marriage, protect families, protect kids, this loud minority will call you names, don't listen, just do the right thing, in the real end we all know what is right and wrong-

latimes has an agenda-at least they could be a little more sutle

So much hate. I'm so glad I abandoned organized religion. All it does is breed hate. Hate, hate, hate. If bigoted, hate-mongers are to be the inhabitants of Heaven, I'll gladly chose Hell.

All people should be treated with respect-.Since I am insulted by these actors for my belief-they do not need my dollar.I will no longer pay to see them. The silent majority should do the same. I am running to my window and shouting "I 've had enough & I 'm not going to take it."

This is freaking awesome! Hypocrites beware Gays are here and they aren't going anywhere. It amazes me how people in California can be so stupid. California probably has the largest number of gay people in it and yet it's the first one to deny gay rights given the chance. Ridiculous. Check out 'Day without Gays' on Facebook. It's Dec 10th.

What do actors have to do with this? They are reading lines that two people put together and are making a point. Why don't you ban the writers?

If this is all it takes for you to not watch movies and read books, then I can understand how you can support prop 8. Your justifications are ludicrous. Actually, they are comical and childlike and I expect to hear views like that from a child. How would this conversation go?

Spouse: Honey, lets go see Kung Fu Panda tonight!

Tom: I can't, because Jack Black was in a viral video and said anyone can marry, so I have to pass. Also I do not want to see that John C. Reilly movie because he likes a different baseball team than I do.

The people in this video are irrelevant and in my opinion would be just as funny if well known people were not in it. What It comes down to is the concept and for those who want to hate on it are too blind to see it. The bottom line is, if you voted yes, regardless of skin color, you support hate, period.

I can see the pain this causes my gay friends. How you are immune to this is beyond words.

What a load of crap. Boy am I sorry I voted NO on prop 8. I wish I could change my vote!

"Law has been passed, people have spoken. May the LA Times ignore the issue and provide more importante news. It' over!!! " i agree with gus, people need to build a bridge and get over it wait for next election

Video, schmideo.
The fact remains that civil rights have been stripped from a minority by the majority and the worst part is it was done at a ballot box by, of all people, Californians.
California was always looked to as the great model for civility and justice. It was the place where it seemed all things were possible....what the passage of prop 8 did was do what I never thought was possible...it made Californians look as stupid and as ignorant as some of the states down in dixie!!
Before you know it you'll soon rank at the bottom in health care and education just like Alabama ad Mississippi!
And to think, we used to look up to you!
Stuart & Robert Wyman-Cahall
Las Vegas, NV 89142

I love the fact that a rather silly musical video has incensed many a homophobic bigot in this comment section. Prop 8 has violated the civil rights of a minority, and that's a fact. I can (and did!) go get married to my wife, but my gay friends can't, because too many people decided to deprive them of their rights to recognize their life long love officially. They are the ones who should be upset, not you all who are whinging over a COMEDY MUSICAL. Get it in perspective.

Now, I'm not going to speak about the Bible; we don't live in a theocracy. However, I can correct some posters' incorrect views on civics. We don't live in a pure democracy. We live in a democratic republic in which we elect officials to protect us from mob-rule type decisions made by a majority. If we had left decisions on civil rights to the votes, anti-miscegenation and segregation laws would still be on the books. The people, via referendum, are free to vote in any hateful law they want; however, that doesn't mean it will stand up to legal and Constitutional scrutiny. Prop 8 will fall, and it may be due to 'activist judges', just like in Perez v. Sharp and Loving v. Virginia. Those judicial decisions reversed the so-called 'will of the people', and I am certain there will be a decision to reverse Prop 8 as well.

Finally, Obama said he was against Prop 8.

 
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