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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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I've never been much against any religion or thought anyone was "evil" or anything. They worship their way, I worship mine. No big deal.

But I think Mormonism and the Catholic church really are pure evil now. You can't take people's rights away (no matter who you hate) and impose your religion on non-believers and not expect a backlash. I don't advocate violence, but it'll be a good day when they start living in fear for what they've done.

I always thought that "Do Unto Others" includes "Don't pass laws when you're the majority that you wouldn't accept for a moment if you were in the minority."

My church accepts same-sex marriage and many were done from June through November. Proposition 8 is telling our pastor that his authority to perform marriages is under the control of The People. In that case, The People might vote away other pastors' authority.

What if The People voted to make the Seal of Confession illegal? What if they did this in a state with very few Catholics, such as Alabama or Tennessee?

I find the idea that a man might know who did a crime and never report it to the authorities abhorrent.

But I don't think I'd be willing to make that subject to the vote of 18% of the population of any state. (That's the % who voted yes on proposition 8. 17% voted no. And that's in an election with high turnout.)

We people who believe in God and take to heart the Scriptures in the Bible outnumber you and no matter how much hate YOU spread and the more you try to make fools out of us the stupider and more insane you people prove yourselves to be - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK it only makes our position much stronger and justified.

Also you homosexuals have the freedom to form Civil Unions which give you the same exact rights as a married hetrosexual couple so that is not your true agenda. Your true agenda is to normalize homosexual behavior which to religious people, is an abomination against God so we cannot ever accept you as Normal - We will however, be tolerate and gracious in your presence.

HILARIOUS! Thanks for posting that video, I'll be laughing about it all day.

My favorite is when Jesus eats a shrimp cocktail! Ha!

What a delight this video musical is! Nothing like positive reinforcement for my no vote on prop 8.

But this video will not change a single mind on the yes side. If you're not already part of the choir, what the video preaches, at best, is that same sex marriage is a lightweight issue and nobody will really suffer if the concept is not incorporated into the law. That is, the video suggests that there are ambiguous and ambivalent feelings in the gay and lesbian community itself toward this issue. And at worst, the video suggests that taking a position on same sex marriage simply gives you an opportunity to rub the often ambiguous precepts of the Bible into the faces of the believers. Not every anti-8 ad has to be Brokeback Mountain, but this video will not help carry the day.

"Star Studded" you mean Star Duds don't you?

They just will not stop. 1.5 to 6% of the population (estimation of population that is gay),with support of ultra-liberals, is obsessed to force the rest of the population to stop believing that the sociological and religious definition of marriage is to be redefined and that thousands of years of tradition and belief is to be changed for their self serving benefit. I believe in no discrimination and that civil unions of same sex couples should enjoy all the rights as married couples (and they do under the law). I do not see why I should be forced to accept a change in the definition of marriage which violates my rights of freedom of religion and belief. I have never been anti-gay and/or repulsed by their life styles. I only go to church once or twice a year and have no time for the over zealous religious right. I voted for Prop 8 and that does not make me a bigot or a hate monger. It means that I have an opinion and that it also happens to be the opinion of the majority of the population and we have the right to what we believe and the right to defend our beliefs. You lost the election. Get over it.

funny vid. i sure hope all you religious nut-sos indeed do stay away from hollywood and the theaters, it'll make the lines shorter when i do go see a movie this winter.

Organized religion is for the weak and feeble-minded!

I think its great! It exposes the big lie. It shows how ridiculous religion really is. Hopefully it will open the eyes of these supporters of religion and finally wake up and realize that its is nothing but a cult of hate. All the problems of the world could be solved by banning religion.

I don't think this video was designed to change any one's mind; it is designed to keep the anti-Prop 8 base mobilized so that the momentum doesn't peter out. If you voted for Prop 8, you are not the target audience for this piece and it probably isn't made to appeal to your tastes or preferences anyway.

The argument that this is offensive is really quite amusing, if you ask me. Millions of dollars were spent to libel gays and lesbians -- to literally tell lies about who they are and what their intentions are. To suggest that gays, lesbians, and their allies have no right to call people out on their lies and their bigotry is just ridiculous. Either we have free speech, folks, or we don't. If religious groups can use the public square to attempt to take away people's rights and slander their entire way of life, it is perfectly legitimate that their targets be able to fight back. And honestly, a funny musical is nothing like a concerted effort to deny people their rights. It's not like we are calling for Christians to lose their right to marry here!

As for the portrayal of Jesus being offensive, are we in Salem in the late 1690s? If this is unacceptable to you, then move to a country without a right to free speech (or, since taking away rights is now fashionable -- see if you can get free speech banned!) or where blasphemy is a crime.

To the "but we already voted on this!" crowd: it's called the tyranny of the majority and its the same reason why we don't get to vote on free speech and due process. Some rights are INALIENABLE. One of them is equality. What if we had put slavery to a vote in the antebellum south? Would that make slavery just? What if men had voted to deny women the right to vote? Would that be fair? What if tomorrow we decided to vote on whether or not the children of legal immigrants can have free speech or the disabled can have the right to a fair trial? Would we think that is acceptable? Apparently some people do and it just boggles my mind.

What I will really never figure out, though, is why would you care who someone else is marrying? Don't you have your own life?

Eventually the gay community and those that pander to it will manage to warp enough minds so that gay marriage will become a reality in CA. When that time comes, hopefully the decent portion of CA will secede from the moral and literal cesspools that are LA and the Bay Area.

I dont get what the big deal is if you dont want a gay marriage dont get one. yes it is blasphemous but who really cares we re talking about peoples lives and their pursuit of happiness christianities ignorance shouldn't be able to block that

To all those prop 8 supporters, shall we vote to ship all Latinos back to their countries? Why don't we vote to take away womens right to vote? You people just don't get it. Voting on someones rights is disgusting, no matter what your position on the issue is. Courts are there to protect minorities from bigotry of majorities. This musical said it all. Why can't religious people spend more time loving than hating?

All I can say is what a bunch of no-class Bozos the makers of this video are. Take the easy road and blame it all on the Christians. As others have mentiioned, I'd like to see if any of them have to guts to make fun of the Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Budhists, etc. that also voted Yes on 8.

Just by reading these comments it's clear that most Californians don't understand the freedoms inherent in democracy. Just because the people pass a law (or in this case an amendment to the constitution) does not make it right. That's why we have courts, to safeguard against the tyranny of the majority. And go take intro to American Government at your local college, you could learn a lot.

Also, to those who are trying to claim that Obama's failure to support gay marriage equals support for Proposition 8, it would help if you actually did some research on the man's actual opinion.

I've stated my opposition to this. I think [Prop 8 is] unnecessary. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them.

If you still don't believe that Obama OPPOSES Prop 8, watch the clip of the words coming out of his mouth: http://tinyurl.com/5ptx2x

"Obama said he does not support Gay Marriage."

But he also said he didn't support Prop 8.

Why try to imply that Obama supported Prop 8.

This is more of the same from the "bear false witness" crowd.

No parent ever wishes his/her biological child to be gay. No parent ever is prepared to hear those dreaded words informing him/her that his/her biological child is gay. Homosexuality is an abomination to God and to the vast majority of all Americans and of all inhabitants of Earth! No video supporting gay marriage, no matter who appears in it, will change this fact.

"Star-studded?" I'm looking hard and still don't see any stars. Didn't find any news in this either.

People need to remember this is a parody, a time honored tradition in any democracy. Also, it appears some people should remember our democracy has a constitutional foundation instead of simple majority rule, and the judiciary is responsible to rule on the constitutional merits of any initiative. It's important to remember the Germans voted Hitler into power, so simply having a majority rule without a constitutional foundation that backs up our democracy and protects minorities could lead us down the same path taken by the Germans 70 years ago. It wasn't too long ago when California communities had restrictive laws targeting race and religion, restrictions the judiciary reversed before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

I love the way that so many of these right-wing idiots are saying that they'll boycott these actors and their work from here on in. Boy, I'm sure that's going to be effective! How many of them actually had "Dewey Cox" on their Christmas wish list?

It's also hilarious to see them bad-mouthing actors for taking political stances. I notice that these people don't seem to object when Chuck Norris or Bruce Willis spout off. And for some reason, only Republican actors seem to want to run for office (Sonny Bono, Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson, the Governator, Fred Grandy, Ben Jones). So please spare me your righteous indignation.

Oh yeah, I forgot -- if it wasn't for your righteous indignation, Prop. 8 would never have passed in the first place.

Nobody has to be tolerant of intolerance. It was harsh and extreme and blasphemous? GOOD!!!!! Why should those who choose to discriminate and spread hatred and ignorance be treated with kid gloves?

You all are whining about how mean and judgmental homosexuals and their supporters are---WHAAAAAT? Are you FREAKIN kidding me???? Because that's really really funny...

Obama was against Prop 8. He is adamently opposed to having a majority vote decide the rights of a minority because he is smart enough to know what could come next.

When will gays realize their tactics are not working?

Whats needed is a good old fashioned Religious Right campaign. You know disgusting in your face protest signs with graphic images, like the ones they use for abortion protests. Maybe an Eric Robert Rudolf bomber of a policeman and nurse. Or a sniper like the abortion protester who killed abortion doctors. How about some human blockades?

Your current tactics are lame.

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