Thursday, May 9, 2013

Old Gay Guinness Ad Gets New Life, Shows How World Has Changed

There's a hilarious, wonderful  old advertisement from Guinness, the British brewer,  that was made in 1995 that is suddenly a huge hit.

It also wants to make me run out for a pint of Guinness, just to say thanks. The ad is viewable at the bottom of this post. So worth a view.
A still from a great 1995 Guiness ad  

Here's the back story: The advertisement depicts a bit of an odd couple. To the tune of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" playing in the background, we see a businessman type getting ready for work, and he's a total slob.

Implied at first, is a partner in the house who is much more clean and organized. It becomes clear as the ad goes along that it's not the sloppy businessman's wife that's the clean person, but the guy's gay partner.

The ad was considered too risque back in 1995, at least judging from the backlash it received from the British tabloids at the time. They attacked it before it even aired. My goodness, a gay couple in a beer commercial? Our sensibilities are killing us!

So the ad was quietly shelved. But Guinness or somebody put the ad on YouTube recently, and it went viral.

I love, LOVE this ad. It's sexy and funny and warm and tells a wonderful story. And how can you EVER possibly exceed the wonderfulness of Tammy Wynette singing "Stand By Your Man.." It has to be one of the best songs and performances the world has ever seen.

That the ad is now popular also shows the way the world has become more accepting of the LGBT community. In 1995, you would have been laughed out of the room if you suggested a gay couple could marry.

Now, gay marriage is legal in 11 of the 50 states, and several countries. I married the best guy in the world last August, and couldn't be happier. And I couldn't be more thankful for the wonderful support and good wishes Jeff and me have received.

So after work tonight, I'll hoist a Guinness their advertisement,  life, marriage and my husband Jeff

Watch the ad below:

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