While Bob Katter's gay marriage ad is bizarre, absurd, and tacky; is it homophobic? No.
That doesn't mean it's not stupid, misleading and offensive.
Not only does it bring gay marriage (a federal issue) into state politics out of pure political opportunism but it genuinely looks like something from the 1950's. Further, the creators made the mad decision to use a Stock photo of two French men posing with fake breasts and pregnant stomach. Evidently the only photo of two shirtless gay they could find.
I must say I disagree with Andrew Bolt, someone I admire on this issue.
He claims on his blog ''why show a gay couple as a beautiful young man and an older and plainer one? Again, the intention seems plain: to link gay marriage or gay relationships generally to paedophilia - or at least to gay predators''
That's highly unlikely, and a very long bow to draw.
Secondly, he asks ''what’s with the footage of Newman folding a skirt, after asking in this context: “How well do you really know Campbell Newman”? This time the intention is slightly less clear, even if the malice isn’t. Is this meant to sneer at gays as sissies? Or at Campbell as a closet gay - or even crossdresser''.
Frankly, that's absurd. The footage was TV footage of Newman saying he backed gay marriage. The question 'How well do you know Campbell Newman' was not asked directly before showing the footage.
Lastly, Bolt backs civil unions. I'm surprised and dismayed.
Bob Katter formally rebuffs Bolt's claim about the dress. It was a coincidence.