First of all, none of this really matters if you are someone who recognizes the NOH8 Campaign as a pointless exercise in fame whoring photo-ops designed to enhance portfolios and make struggling actors feel better about themselves. If you are someone who believes that the NOH8 Campaign does absolutely nothing to advance the rights of gay Americans and is completely ineffective at ending anti-gay violence, bullying, and stereotypes, criticizing their campaign (as I’m about to do) is as useful as the campaign itself. If something is inherently stupid, talking about how it’s stupid is…stupid.
But here’s the part of this already-too-long introduction for someone who doesn’t think the NOH8 Campaign is stupid: It’s stupid.
Gene Simmons, who is in an industry where people use their sexuality to sell records, telling someone else in the industry to “shut up” about their sexuality doesn’t necessarily make him anti-gay. It does make him a hypocrite and, ironically, a bully. And NOH8 Campaign using a bully in their anti-bullying PSA is mind-blowingly stupid. Unless of course this is Gene Simmons’ way of making up for what he said about Adam Lambert last year? If so, wouldn’t it have been incredibly effective for a real life former bully to denounce his bullying past in a PSA about bullying? I guess that’s too much to ask of a campaign that is too busy making the masking tape on Kim Kardashian’s mouth shine.