Rick Perry's anti-gay ad heavily 'disliked' on YouTube

Thu. December 8, 2011 3:26 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Perry's gay pollster outed, panned on political blogs

Des Moines, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry might "not be ashamed to admit" he's a Christian, but he might be ashamed of the dismal "Like" rating his new anti-gay campaign ad, ironically titled "Strong," has received on YouTube.

Perry's campaign uploaded the ad on Dec. 6. Since then, it's gotten over 291,000 "Dislike" votes and just 4,900 "Likes." The ability to leave comments has also been disabled on the page.

In the ad, Perry strolls towards the camera in a barn coat and says: "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.
As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.

"Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again."

In other Perry campaign news, several bloggers are blasting his gay pollster, Tony Fabrizio.

"It is the height of hypocrisy for Tony Fabrizio to have been a part of that [Perry campaign]," said Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia of the gay conservative group GOProud. "He has lined his pockets for years with money from the gay community to conduct polls to ostensibly help gay people in this country, and for him to be a part of this is the height of Washington hypocrisy."

A number of spoofs of Perry's video are also available on YouTube.

The video has again flamed speculation over Perry's own sexuality. In August a political ad paid for by a Ron Paul supporter offered cash to anyone (male or female) who had sex with Perry.