Google Chrome ‘It Gets Better’ Ad feat. Adam Lambert

A Google Chrome ad that ran during Glee last night featured Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” online campaign, designed to give isolated LGBT youth hope for the future.

I thought I’d post it as an anecdote to some of the idiocy I’ve been reading online lately.  Oh, and Adam Lambert is featured amongst the highlighted clips!

Video after the JUMP…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7skPnJOZYdA&feature=player_embedded

  • callmecrazy

    Love it…thanks for posting this MJ!

  • koshka

    I love that they had older folks in the vid.

  • Mel1

    Thanks mj for posting this. Do you have a teeny, tiny clue about what idiocy you’ve been reading? Does it have anything to do with GQ magazine calling Adam’s look “gay schtick”.

    I just found out Adam’s ex grew up in Texas and bullied because he sounded and acted gay. When he moved to Hollywood afer he graduated from h.s., his life immediately got better.

  • cookbunny

    Mel, check out the highlighted parts that are hyperlinked to articles. Basically, a bunch of morons who think watching “Glee” makes kids gay. Excuse my language MJ, but what a bunch of fucking idiots.

  • lovingadam

    love this campaing!
    hope my country will have something like this in the near future!
    thnx mj =)

  • stwbcross

    I love the attention that this subject is getting but I hope in time, they eventually go further to address the real problem… the bullies themselves, because imao, why does it have to get better, why does it even have to happen? I guess I’m just dreaming for a better world one day.

  • ayhr86

    Children shouldn’t be brainwashed that its okay to be gay and lead a sinful life. It doesnt mean they should be bullied of course not they should go for help.

  • Mel1

    Children shouldn’t be brainwashed that its okay to be gay and lead a sinful life. It doesnt mean they should be bullied of course not they should go for help.

    Biting my tongue, biting my tongue.

  • Barometz02

    I like it. I even teared up when Woody says, “You’ll be fine, partner.”

  • HotHotHot

    It’s nice that Google put this out there. Every little bit helps!

  • Oksana2000

    Children shouldn’t be brainwashed that its okay to be gay and lead a sinful life. It doesnt mean they should be bullied of course not they should go for help.

    I’m speachless…

  • callmecrazy

    Well I won’t bite my tongue. ayhr86…are you for real? Or at least human???

    sorry mj….I just couldn’t keep quiet!

  • Mel1

    cookbunny, thanks for pointing out the hyperlinks. And thanks again mj, for posting this to counteract those who are ignorant.

    I’m really so happy Adam is becoming a little more political. I think he is realizing he actually is a role model, not only for gay youth, but straight youth. Be proud of who/what you are.

  • soverymel

    ayhr86 it is attitudes like yours that actually create the cruel bullying atmosphere that causes so many teens to feel absolutely hopeless and leads to them hanging themselves, slitting their own wrists, swallowing a bottle of pills or otherwise taking their own lives because of something innate in themselves that they were born with but condemned for by ignorant and bigoted people and the children THEY brainwash to condemn those different from them at school.

  • Truthiness

    Yeah, all the idiocy about this can be very disheartening. But good to see Google and the It Gets Better campaign trying to do even some small part against it. It must be a true honor for Adam to be even a small part in trying to combat hatred/bullying.

    And I must leave this page, before I bite through my tongue.

  • jeffreythegleek

    Longtime lurker 1st time poster (waves to MJ). Anyone else notice that none of the GLEE! people being targeted–Ryan Murphy, Chris Colfer, MJ’s TV boyfriend Darren Criss–have said a single word in response to any of the nutbags? Not Victoria Jackson. Not Glenn Beck. Say something negative about Donald Trump and he flips out. But not these guys. Pretty admirable in my estimation. As for the bullies themselves, they can always change the channel. But that wouldn’t get them the publicity and media attention they’re after, now would it?

  • shwriteme

    Despite the tongue biting, reactions like this are unfortunately too common and the reason campaigns like this are necessary. Everyone has the right to feel good about themselves and comfortable in their own skin. Homophobic bullies are the ones who live in sin. As a parent I want my children to love each other and, if there’s a God up there, then I’m sure he feels the same.

  • turquoisewaters

    Children shouldn’t be brainwashed that its okay to be gay and lead a sinful life.

    Children are born perfect and innocent and then brainwashed by religious “leaders” into thinking that being gay is sinful.
    The bible itself is actually not half as homophobic as the people who claim to interpret the bible for us make you believe. Jesus didn’t waste any time preaching against gays, so it stands to reason that it wasn’t such a big deal to him. He had a bigger problem with haters, greedy people, hypocrites…

  • HermeticallySealed

    “Sinful” is typically code for “whatever I personally don’t approve of.” The fact is that what is “sinful” changes just about every generation, which proves it to be a completely subjective notion.

    Even if one claims to be Christian, much of what the Bible says is sinful, is no longer considered such; eating of pork, shellfish and crustaceans, wearing poly-cotton blends, cutting the hair, women learning anything (especially religion), women associating with males not of their family, or during their menstrual cycles, shaving, women being in mens jobs or clothing, the list goes on and on. Hell, there’s a lot the bible claims is good which we find sinful now a days; marrying a 13 yo girl to an adult, murdering your wife or children for being disobedient, slavery, polygamy to name a few.

    Facts and evidence are far more convincing of a reason for doing something than because of an opinion. And in this case, all peer reviewed research shows that you cannot change your orientation, that in fact there are actual physiological aspects to different orientations. Not to mention that trying to force a change in orientation (either forcing someone to be straight or gay) leads to psychological instability in people.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    awwwww this was soooooooc cute and sweet haha-i saw it last night during glee and yelled ADAM! haha good to know the glambert-ness is still alive a lot
    lol mj, the links about idots.. :P

  • MusicMatt

    To say that blood is dripping down my chin from biting my tongue is an understatement. It is my fervent hope that exposure to things like this commercial by Google will start to open up hearts and change minds before more children listen to ignorant and hateful words cloaked in Christian hypocrisy and decide to kill themselves. Thanks, MJ for posting this video. Nice to see the positive impact high profile companies can have on our society.

  • soverymel

    LOL forever at this bit from the linked Salon article, just points out how completely ridic the objections to the latest Glee episode are.

    Yes, that’s how it happens, America. One day your teenage son is banging the head cheerleader. The next, he hears a few bars of Chris Colfer’s seductive warbling, and wham! Suddenly he’s “thirsty” for that particular “brand.” Of penis. Homosexuality – it’s exactly like walking past a Cinnabon.

    And btw what a nice surprise it was to be watching Glee and all of a sudden catch a snippet of Adam (!!!) along with some other amazing people in that Google ad. I know it’s a commercial, and its main point is to advertise Google Chrome, but I love Google for using that platform to also highlight such an important issue in such a heartwrenching and effective way.

  • emmuzka

    This is an amazing example of how corporations can express social responsibility and corporate sustainability in all in their actions, including advertising.

  • madnessinmotion

    HermeticallySealed, I loved your post. Thank you. As part of the gay community I frequently come into contact with conversations about how the Bible views homosexuality and I am going to save your post to share any time I talk to someone who is feeling ostracised by the Bible.

    Willful ignorance is why we need the “It Gets Better” campaign. Ignorance can be changed once someone is educated. Willful ignorance is just plain hate and is usually unchangeable because people wallow in their hate like pigs in mud.

  • Barometz02

    I think it’s largely a waste of time to try to convince religious people to change their beliefs. This usually just results in frustration; it perpetuates conflict. All we can do is to help people raise their awareness and then let them decide for themselves.

  • cookbunny

    Oh, and forgive me but I need to edit to what I said above…Glenn Beck isn’t concerned Glee will make kids gay, just make them promiscuous anti-corporate Socialists. *rolls eyes*

  • SpenserJ

    I thought I’d post it as an anecdote to some of the idiocy I’ve been reading online lately.

    Amen sister.

    People have a right to their opinions, as well as a right to their religious beliefs. I’m just surprised that, in this day and age, so many people still believe that sexual orientation is influenced by anything other than biology.

    I understand that it’s probably difficult to reconcile one’s belief in a 6,000 year old book with the things that science teaches us today. Everyone knows that there’s not a single human being on this planet who lives 100% true to any religious doctrine. That would just be impossible. People pick and choose the rules in those books that they want. (Otherwise, people would be getting stoned to death left and right).

    I know there are people who view homosexuality as the most mortal of sins, and they have a right to feel that way I suppose. Luckily, they don’t get to pick what I watch on TV.

    I say, believe what you want. Just don’t try to impose those beliefs on the rest of us. And, don’t expect the entertainment industry (or any other industry for that matter) to be governed by your beliefs.

    I send my kids to Catholic school, where amongst my circle of friends there, each and every one of us has used birth control, or had our tubes tied, or forced our husbands into a vasectemy. We defy the Pope on a daily basis. Religious hipocracy is everywhere. I’m a part of it too :).

    Here in the US, we’re supposed to stand for something. We’re supposed to believe in equality and religious freedom and all sorts of other democratic-type principles.

    So, I say, believe what you want. But, if the only argument against equal rights for gay people that you have is that it’s a “sin”, then I say in this land governed by laws and not any one religion, you have no valid argument at all.

  • tls62

    I’m so glad Google Chrome ran that ad. Education is key and that was a big step in the right direction.

    Adam is my fav, but I’m sorry Adam, Woody took my heart with his comment. :)

  • HermeticallySealed

    I think it’s largely a waste of time to try to convince religious people to change their beliefs. This usually just results in frustration; it perpetuates conflict. All we can do is to help people raise their awareness and then let them decide for themselves.

    I can agree with this, but only to a point. There are many people who used religion as their basis for discrimination, but later changed through religious discussion. Take Louis Marinelli, for instance. He was an avid part of the NOM tour campaign during the summer, but has completely come out against NOM. And it was because he met actual gay people while they toured and saw that what the NOM organization was saying isn’t true.

    In another a case (and I would have to look up the book again to get the guy’s name), there’s a preacher who was adamantly anti-gay, until he decided to do research for a book about homosexuality and the Bible. After doing the leg work, he completely changed his position.

    Yes, there are many people who any such discussion may be fruitless, but I think it’s still worth the while to try. Sometimes it is just a matter that the person is regurgitating what they have been told, and honestly don’t know any better.

  • emmuzka

    madnessinmotion, I have been using a pretty simple solution on the bible-gay -issue: I tell the person that as I don’t recognize bible as an any kind of authority, he/she can’t use the book to authorize or justify any views in our discussion. That usually kills the discussion pretty quickly as the “but it says in the bible” -argument is out.

  • musicality

    People say believe what you want. I believe the roots of all evil is firmly nested in religion. Wars are started, people are killed and rights are taken away all around the world in the name of various religious beliefs. I find people like Victoria Jackson evil. The fact that there has to be messages made like the ones above show how unprogressive we are. Even in school I see kids spewing the garbage their parents taught them. Sorry to say unless people really start speaking out against it and make gay bashing whether it be verbal or physical as wrong as bashing based on race then we have another generation coming up with the same old tired ideas. I noticed on twitter and on the Internet and just in general that gay bashing is still very, very prevelant. Ask Adam Lambert.

  • Shorty

    I agree with everything you said musicality. Don’t tell all those wonderful catholic priests that like little boys though. Oh, I forgot, the heads of church just transfer them to another location far away so people will “forget”. We had two catholic schools in my home town and unfortunately it was “normal” for the priests and brothers to grope and try to corner the boys. The boys would just joke to each other to “stay away from brother so and so”. I wonder how many boys I grew up with weren’t lucky enough to get away.

    I’m not bashing the catholic religion or it’s members, just the fact that those who teach people that being gay is a sin are committing the worse sins of all.

  • JOJOSIE

    The problem you mention in the Catholic chuch and a small minority of priest is that some folks think these men who pick on boys are gay instead of pedifiles. I’ve had to correct some people about this. I hope more discussions and knowledge getting out there helps people learn the real truth. Thanks Google Chrome, keep up the good work.

  • Shorty

    Sorry JoJosie. I do realize that these men can be pedofiles and not gay. It’s still having sex or trying to with children of their own sex and it just disgusts me because they supposedly believe it’s a sin. There was a big deal with the catholic churches where I currently live not too long ago and there were literally dozens of cases and law suits of people speaking up about sexual abuse from teachers to students. Not one of the cases in the newspaper were about a man/girl situation. Pedophiles maybe, but why not with the young girls? Very very sad.

  • theonlygirl

    This is such a beautiful ad. So simple, and yet so effective. Kudos Google.

    And it’s so disheartening to come here to post a comment about how awesome this was and thanking MJ for posting it and then reading a comment that the same ad is trying to fight against, indirectly. Ignorant, homophobic thoughts based on religion is really sad in my opinion. In my opinion, the people calling out people for living a “sinful life” because they are loving a person of their same gender are the people who are really living a sinful and sad and hateful life. This is just my opinion.

    Anyways, that comment aside, this is lovely, and seeing Adam, as a proud and loving gay man being featured in it even for a couple of seconds is just an extra bonus. Remembering the picture he tweeted a few days ago of him lovingly holding his boyfriend just makes me so happy for him, and makes me shake my head at ‘some’ people.

  • KayGee

    Count me as one that thinks GLTB themed shows on Gle are a bit overbearing. I was extremely put off when Kurt wouldn’t leave Finn alone, now they have changed that to Santana shoving it down Brittany’s throat to be a lesbian. I understand that the 2 have been getting it in for the duration of the series, but it seems to me that Santana is tricking/lying to Brittany to keep her in that bi-sexual mode.

  • MayMirabella

    I post this link when someone tends to use religion as an excuse for discrimination. This is from Prayers for Bobby about a mother who disapproves of her gay son and calls his sexual orientation, sinful, he commits suicide and her realization.
    True story and here is the emotional clip when she comes to realize there was nothing wrong with her son,it was with her thinking.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkZuHMUutE0

  • steelbluelily

    ayhr86 says:
    05/04/2011 at 3:10 pm
    Children shouldn’t be brainwashed that its okay to be gay and lead a sinful life. It doesnt mean they should be bullied of course not they should go for help.

    Children shouldn’t be brainwashed to think anything about their sexuality is sinful. Children shouldn’t be brainwashed into believing that any religion holds the one and only truth. Children should be taught to look for truth and God for themselves – and they would then discover that most religions have one overriding similar rule: treat others the way you would want to be treated. I doubt many of of them would then choose to abuse another human being.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Spense FTW! That is all. :-)

  • steelbluelily

    KayGee says:
    05/04/2011 at 6:03 pm
    Count me as one that things GLTB themed shows are a bit overbearing. I was extremely put off when Kurt wouldn’t leave Finn alone, now they have changed that to Santana shoving it down Brittany’s throat to be a lesbian. I understand that the 2 have been getting it in for the duration of the series, but it seems to me that Santana is tricking/lying to Brittany to keep her in that bi-sexual mode.

    I would say this is not a GLTB issue – this is more an issue with not accepting no for an answer. This same “pressure for sex” could be portrayed with heterosexual couples and it would be just as uncomfortable. And it is what many people must learn to deal with effectively whatever their sexual orientation.

  • turquoisewaters

    madnessinmotion:
    I love your term “willful ignorance”. It so perfectly captures the travesty of clinging to one’s hateful beliefs while knowing full well that the facts fly in the face of it.
    It is comforting to see the majority of folks bogging here firmly on the side of facts.

  • soverymel

    This same “pressure for sex” could be portrayed with heterosexual couples and it would be just as uncomfortable.

    The same storylines have been portrayed between straight teens on that very same show. And yet, somehow, there are not the same objections to it. Funny that.

  • mmb

    Mj I think you mean ” antidote” not “anecdote”. Or maybe not. Anyway this is a beautiful, heartfelt impactful commercial. Bravo to google.

  • wjmtv

    soverymel says:
    05/04/2011 at 6:52 pm
    This same “pressure for sex” could be portrayed with heterosexual couples and it would be just as uncomfortable.

    The same storylines have been portrayed between straight teens on that very same show. And yet, somehow, there are not the same objections to it. Funny that.

    Isn’t it amazing how that works? [eyeroll]

    It’s a good video. I really liked the first guy, and the 81-year-old. Fabulous. I do wish there had been a few more girls, though.

  • milwlovesadam

    Thank you so much to all the open-minded, open-hearted people who post here. I feel sorry for the narrow-minded bigots out there. They don’t realize the joy that can be felt from acceptance and honesty. They don’t feel the warmth of returned feelings when accepting and loving another human as they are. As nature made them.

    Thank you madness and Jojosie both whom I have had the pleasure of traveling with to see Adam in concert. Thank you to hermeticallysealed who is always such a voice of wisdom.

    I remember when Adam’s It Gets Better video came out last year, I think he recorded it in Japan on tour, it brought so many of us to tears, it is so heartfelt. His and Tim Gunn’s too. I encourage you all to watch them in their entirety.

    Seeing this whole ad, and then having Adam pop out of my TV during Glee was just such a sweet moment. As a fan of both, and as a human. With an open heart.

    You can’t “make” somebody gay. But, you can help somebody accept them-self better. As they are, as they were made, naturally, by G-d, if that’s your belief.

  • SpenserJ

    The problem you mention in the Catholic chuch and a small minority of priest is that some folks think these men who pick on boys are gay instead of pedifiles.

    LOL – the hardest thing about sending your kids to Catholic School is making sure they’re never alone with a priest :).

    I’m not a hard-core Catholic by any stretch. In fact, I’m a cathecism school drop-out. But, I hang out with some pretty dedicated Catholics and most of them don’t really seem to have discriminatory feelings about gay people. There appears to be a pretty big disconnect between the beliefs of the Church leadership & those of the younger members.

    Many people (even the non-religious ones) seem to erroneously equate pediphelia with homosexualty. They don’t seem to know that most child rapists are hetero in their adult relationships. And, child molesting has very little to do with the gender of the child and more to do with opportunity and a very warped brain.

    I don’t spend a lot of time with the hard-core members of my church (I outed myself as a pro-choicer after the 4th time they asked me to join their prayer campaign – so they don’t want to hang out with me either :)). But, for most of the people who stay with the church because they’re comfortable with it (having grown up that way) or like me – they’re using it for its awesome school, you’ll find some pretty progressive thinking.

    And, for those who remain unenlightened about the importance of acceptance and equality, I don’t think the situation is hopeless. People change their mind about stuff every day. A lot of religious people are in fact, really good people. If we take the time to show them the way, they just might follow.

    At any rate, I don’t think we should write them all off as discriminatory assholes. Homosexuality is almost never a topic of conversation in a Catholic Mass (if it is, I’ve never heard one – so it may be a topic in other parishes). So, the private thoughts of the flock are a little more varied than in one of those churches where their leader rails against it every sunday. Not sure what we do about those peeps :).

    I think the It Gets Better campaign is a fabulous effort to help this country’s young people. And, I think Adam did a fantastic job with his message.

  • wjmtv

    The wonderful thing about the Bible is that you can use it to support any opinion. I choose to take Jesus at His own words (but the emphasis is mine):

    “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another.”

    It has always sounded to me as if He took that statement pretty seriously, so I do too.

  • kterp101

    …Hermeticallysealed…
    the guy you are talking about I think is Jack Rogers. He was once head of the Presbyterian Church USA. There are a lot of very religious people who are sterotyped as anti-gay when they are not at all. there are many of us who support equality in everything including ordination and marriage.

  • cwm

    I’m very late to the party here, but I just wanted to express my appreciation for all of the open-hearted and insightful posts on this topic. It is heartening to see that, over time, love and acceptance of our fellow human beings can win. Thank you MJ for posting this, and great job Google, for such an awesome ad.