UPDATE: Bob Katter has come out this month (May, 2012) and admitted his party’s anti-same sex marriage ad was a mistake of ‘major proportions’. However, Katter appeared to only say it was a political mistake, resulting in a significant loss of votes at the Queensland election. He said it was the ‘crowning glory of mistakes’.
Here’s what we wrote when it was first released:
Bob Katter isn’t funny any more.
He might still wheeze-laugh at his own jokes, but so does Donald Trump. We all thought he was being, dare I say it, charmingly oddball for the past few years with the policy about campfires and a hat the size of Tasmania but really he was delivering a remarkable two-act play which culminates with the parting of the trench coat to reveal the bomb strapped to decency strapped to his chest.
He launched his first real salvo in the campaign to be awful yesterday with the homophobic Queensland campaign ad against the opposition LNP leader Campbell Newman who sort-of supports gay marriage (even though he’s promised to repeal civil unions should he win office).
The ad, which is now the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Bureau, featured homosexuals at their most dangerous. Cuddling, one being older than the other (like the predators Bob Katter is keen on hunting in North Queensland) and with pixellated bodies. It’s a little known fact that the most perverse homosexuals often come with blurry bodies and if you see one in the wild you should back away slowly without making eye contact.
It also featured Campbell Newman folding a skirt because, nudge nudge, he’s probably a ‘faggot’ too, right?
It’s called Dog Whistle Politics – when you hint at something without saying it directly in the full knowledge that those who share your views will understand what you’re saying and react accordingly. It’s a disgusting game of political charades, hinting that gay men are pedophiles and that Campbell Newman is not a ‘real’ man because he folds skirts and supports ‘the gays’.