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Fred Karger Campaign Ad Flagged, Pulled by YouTube

10:35 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

Citing their Terms of Service, YouTube yanked GOP presidential candidate’s Fred Karger’s “Sexy Frisbee” California campaign video after it was flagged by YouTube viewers. The video is now on Vimeo.

Karger, who is openly gay, made a lighthearted California-themed campaign ad which featured cute guys and gals frolicking on the beach in “Fred Who” tee-shirts. At the end, two men kiss. And the problem is?

Actually the problem seems to be with YouTube and its users: Karger’s minute-long video does not violate any law, is not sexually explicit, and the  beach goers wear more clothes than Victoria’s Secret models. I looked over YouTube’s community guidelines and nowhere does it say that showing two people kissing is a violation of community guidelines–were it, a lot of music and wedding videos wouldn’t be put up!

Karger’s ad had over 15,000 views in two days before it was pulled the evening of April 24, and a 30-second version will begin airing this Thursday, April 26, in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.

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Mittens vs Fred Karger in CA: It Could Get Goofy

5:08 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

The GOP nomination is kinda like The Highlander: There can only be one. With nominees dropping like flies off the rotted corpse of what was once the Grand Old Party, by the time the clown car rolls into the Golden State on June 5, there may only be two dudes left: Mitt Rmoney and Fred Karger.

Fred Who? The first openly gay candidate of major political party to ever run for President. And he’s a Republican, with an ad that features a parental advisory, probably because at the end of the minute long video, two cute dudes kiss–something that wouldn’t fly with NOM, but definitely gets the point across that Karger isn’t a typical GOP candidate.

Karger’s video showcases the iconic California beaches as a group of twenty-somethings frolic and the candidate explains his platform:

I have the best jobs plan, I’m pro-choice, support gay marriage, and I want us out Afghanistan now. If you’re not excited about Mitt Romney or the direction of the Republican party, then I ask you to vote for me.

The only thing he has in common with Romney is that they’d both be great on Saturday Night Live, though for very different reasons.

Fred Karger: The Most Radical GOP Candidate

3:37 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger is openly gay, pro-LGBT rights, pro-choice and pro-pot and wants the U.S. out of Afghanistan, so it’s no wonder that even though he qualified for the GOP debates, he’s not been invited to the podium. CPAC would not allow him to set up a booth at their convention last month, and Karger has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over CPAC’s “no gays allowed” policy.

Fred got more votes than Michele Bachmann in New Hampshire, and has qualified for the ballot in California, which was why there was a celebration/fundraiser for him Sunday night in Los Feliz.

Since Fred Karger was also the name of my dead stepfather, the candidate invited me as his guest. It was a great chance to wear my “Democrat shoes” — custom made, electric blue mules.

My Democrat mules--they're blue!


A number of the guests were dyed in the wool Dems, but feel that voting for Fred Karger is worth switching parties (CA is a closed primary and only registered Republicans can vote a Republican slate) because a vote for Fred Karger is a vote for civil rights, for marriage equality; and a vote against the fundamentalism-stained rhetoric of the current GOP candidate crop.

I chatted with several Republican who dislike the way the GOP has gone in recent years, and would like to see nice, decent parties with different approaches, rather that the “this party is good/this party is evil” dualism inherent in today’s politics.

Considering that the field of Republican hopefuls is shrinking, and Karger–who has no Super PAC and is running his campaign on a shoestring–is still in play, he could end up finally getting a chance to debate the front runners. And the more votes he gets, the louder the message to homophobes and haters.