This year, gay videos were viral.
From Keith Olbermann’s speech on gay marriage, to the Prop. 8 musical, to Wanda Sykes’s take on “That’s so gay,” 2008 was the year that gay news made good video.
Here are our picks for the American political LGBT videos that made the most impact this year.
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1. Prop 8: The Musical!
This sly, star-studded response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8 — starring Jack Black as Jesus
— made the economic case for gay marriage in such a funny, subversive
way, you can’t help but sing along.
2. Keith Olbermann: Gay marriage is a question of love
Keith Olbermann stunned viewers with his six-minute rant on why the Prop 8
vote was wrong, saying, “Why does this matter to you? What is it to you?
In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships these people over here
want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is your option.”
3. The Victory Fund response to Sally Kern
When Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern compared us to terrorists, the Victory Fund responded by playing
her own words over the faces of gays and lesbians.
This is the face of terrorism, Sally Kern? Really?
4. Gay marriage: Ellen vs. McCain; Jon Stewart vs. Huckabee
The talk show hosts were on our side. Here’s Ellen taking on McCain — and winning.
And here’s Jon Stewart taking on Mike Huckabee.
Note Jon’s brilliant argument that religion is definitely a choice — and yet
we still give rights to religious people.
Bonus: Ellen’s strong,
moving statement on what gay marriage means to her.