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Israel military accused of publishing a ‘misleading’ pro-gay photo

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  1. News just in – photographs don’t always tell the whole story!

    Okay, sarcasm over, but surely enough people have studied History these days to understand why propaganda exists?

    I’m all for this photo. Not so hot with the Aberystwyth couple Esther and Rhys Curnow but that’s propaganda too.

    You could argue that the JCPenney gay dads photo is misleadin g – on the grounds that it promotes the idea that small children are lovely all the time. Just depends on the angle you choose to view it with.

  2. Here we go again – being gay is wrong. No it isn’t.And it’s just a picture illustrating a point anyway.

  3. One has to wonder why people jump on things like this, its openly inclusive, isn’t that what we want, for every country?
    We all know how photo shoots go…they tell a story or make a point. Whether one or both soldiers are gay or not, who cares…kudos to the one who isn’t to pose for the photo!! Point made, thank you to the IDF.

  4. DJ Sheepiesheep 14 Jun 2012, 8:29am

    Is it just me, or do the coloured berets on the soldiers’ shoulders appear to be a new kind of code?

  5. Nice touch of verisimilitude in having one of the chaps speaking to someone else on his mobile, Multitasking is the new Quality Time.

    Seriously though, it’s a little disappointing that it’s staged but, beyond that, who cares? The message it sends is the main thing.

    1. Whether it is staged or not, unless the guys in the picture come forward we will only have both sides saying it is or isn’t? As you say it is the message that it is sending is the important thing here.

  6. Even if the supposed claim appears to be true, I still give my nods of approval for this photo. Think about it, a straight man holding hands with another gay man in the military. That somewhat denote that they fight alongside each other at the battlefield as brothers as they truly embraced tolerance and freedom for LGBT. I like this poster very much. It means a lot more than another typical gay couple in ad.

  7. Paddyswurds 14 Jun 2012, 11:43am

    Meh! Why is this not a surprise?

  8. Alister Elliot Puddifer 14 Jun 2012, 2:48pm

    Who cares? It’s a good photo and it sends a good message.

  9. Am I missing something here? The scandal is that a picture is staged to illustrate a wall post?

    Start polishing the Pulitzer Prize, someone has blown this scandal wide open. Just the tip of the iceberg: whole buildings are filled with people who traffic picture-perfect faces for some of the most powerful corporations in the world. ‘Advertising’ is what they call it, duping us all in to believing the kiss is a real couple. Scandal. Big money changes hands, though less powerful organizations use their own people from the staff canteen.

    Even the media are involved, those picture above news articles – staged or from a stock library. Oh worst of all, those Mills & Boon book covers with heterosexual lovers – they’re gay!

    The only thing this proves is that gay-haters can make an issue out of anything.

  10. Kornelijus Norvidas 14 Jun 2012, 3:53pm

    Is it not strong wish of every gay men – to be in close relationships with attractive straight men? And of every homophobic society – that gay men his all life still be alone?

  11. The point is every soldier is a potential killer. Gay or straight. Not much love there.

  12. I’ve heard such poppycock in my life as I have about this picture. The point of the picture was not ‘we have two gay soldiers aren’t we fabulous’, it was ‘we accept our gay soldiers’. And as to the fuss about one of them not being gay. Are the critics implying that a gay man is not allowed to hold a straight allies hand without being accused of dishonesty?
    Why aren’t the critics doing the logical thing, and praising the IDF for accepting gay soliders nearly two decades before the army of our military ally (US)?

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