VIRAL VIDEO: New Zealand LGBT Youth Group Teaches Amusing Lesson On Why “Gay” Shouldn’t Mean “Bad”

Gay Star News reports:

A video by a New Zealand youth LGBTI organization has gone viral for its quaint approach using farmers to teach people it’s not ok to say ‘that’s gay’. Rainbow Youth was established in 1989 and is run entirely by young LGBTI people. It just released its first ever national ad campaign with a funny video to change people’s minds about using the word ‘gay’ to describe something bad.

Nearly half a million views on Facebook alone.

  • Lazycrockett
    • HoneyBoySmith

      This ad makes me sad because it was made back in 2011, the dark ages in the United States.

      Australia should have had marriage equality years ago.

      I blame Julia Gillard. Marriage equality could have happened under her watch, but she opposed it…until she left office.

    • sfbob

      I seem to have got something in my eye…

    • ChrisMorley

      Marriage Equality Plebbyshite

      Authorised by the Australian Department of No Leadership and Unnecessary Harm

      • DoctorDJ

        (I liked the bit about teaching millenials about postage stamps!)

    • narutomania

      I saved that video on my computer when it first came out, and I sit down to watch it once a year or so and fall deeply, madly in love with the lead character over and over again. Wow, but he’s dreamy.

      • bcarter3

        His name is Julian Shaw, and he now lives on the US West Coast. If you Google his pictures, you’ll find that, amazingly, he is even more “dreamy” now than he was when he made that PSA.

        I know that’s hard to believe, but check it out. (His Twitter account is worth checking out as well, although it’s infrequently updated.)

    • Ore Carmi

      “End marriage discrimination.” That’s great–that’s exactly what it is!

  • RMJ

    Shallow I know but the lead guy is totally woofy! WOOF!!!!

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Treant

    Nigel, honey? I’ll show you gay.

  • “No homo” I whispered in bewilderment. Indeed, there are only Australopithecus around. It is the Pleistocene epoch.

  • S1AMER

    That’s good!

    (Too many people too often forget it, but you really can often make a point through a few minutes of humor that you can’t make through hours of solemn pronouncements. This little video most definitely proves that rule!)

  • barrixines

    Time for another New Zealander building a deck.

    • james1200

      I wish he’d hardwood deck me. Aussie men are sexy but I hate their accents. Now you Brits, y’all have real sexy accents, especially the Chav boys, who I can’t even understand but damn!

      • William

        The Hull accent makes me giggle.

        • james1200

          How about the Geordie one? I watch Geordie Shore sometimes and their accents are something.

          • William

            There was a girl in a shop I went into a few times who spoke that, at 90 miles an hour. After I said “Wut” to her incomprehensible greeting, she stopped, composed herself, held her hands just so and asked, “How may I help you?”

            I suspect I wasn’t the first who didn’t understand her.

      • barrixines

        You probably have to be British to be amused by this but it is truly hysterical how wide of the mark she is.

        • barrixines

          And by the way “British” accent. There are thousands upon thousands of British accents divided not only by region/country but also class. For instance a Londoner will know which side of the Thames someone was born on from their accent.

          • james1200

            Oh, I know. I love the variety. I think all the ones I’ve heard are kinda sexy. Of course, the Irish beat you hands down in the sexy dept.

          • William

            That’s why I liked arriving at Gatwick and taking the Thameslink. You hear the full range of accents while going north.

        • james1200

          I’m going to spend the rest of the day saying “the loft smells like strong coffee” so I can feel posh.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Oh, I don’t mind Aussie accents, and I understand many of the most important parts of what they are saying

      • ChrisMorley

        Here’s sum proppa Manchester Scallies (Chavs ‘r jest dirt cheap imitations).
        There must be some reason they filmed a lot of this in the city’s gay village, along Canal Street.

        • james1200

          Oh, yeah, that’s the stuff. Gotta work on the teeth, though. You guys need to put flouride in your water over there.

      • prixator

        I’m glad that I’m not the only one that feels that way about the Aussie accent. It seems so many people here in North America love it.

        “G’day mate” “Put another shrimp on the barbie?”.

        I like, or don’t mind, most other English-speaking accents – except for upper Midwestern U.S. That one grates on me.

    • Shy Guy
      • Phillip in L.A.

        tumblr: ShowMeYourD–will need to check that out!

    • Joe in PA

      Very good advice I’d say.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      He can build a deck for me any time! (Or anything else his heart desires.)

    • William

      Would he like to come to Texas? My partner doesn’t understand structural framing at all. We built a deck, it was a battle.

    • jerry

      “…and this is going to give me a rough idea of your dick size…”

      • barrixines

        Deck size! The man said deck size!

    • narutomania

      “This is gonna give us a rough idear … of our dick size.”

      I always love listening to kiwis.

    • BockMcMillan

      I am guessing that when he says “dick“, he really means to say “deck” 😉

      • barrixines

        Deck, deck, deck!

  • Sam_Handwich

    ha cute.

    did you mean “viral” video in the headline headline?

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I had no idea what Steve was saying, so on googling: “Quite gay”.

  • Ken M
    • Phillip in L.A.


  • Phillip in L.A.

    Great video! Maybe the tag-line needs work, though. “IF IT’S NOT GAY, IT’S NOT GAY” is a little disappointing from a wordsmith’s(*) point-of-view. Not the sentiment, but the expression of the sentiment.

    (*) Now, all we need to do is find a wordsmith!

  • Blake J Butler
  • Bluto

    I love Steve.

  • Leo

    OT. Russia’s basically propping up North Korea because of “pressure” in Eastern Europe. But we knew this.

  • Tom Bestor

    Sign me up for Steve! He can be all the gay he wants with me!

  • Ken M
  • RJ (TO)

    I made the point with a young coworker once who used “gay” a lot but insisted he didn’t mean it “that way” so I shouldn’t be offended. (He was not anti-gay in the least.) I told him for the rest of the day I was going to use “Andre” (his name) to describe things I thought were stupid, ugly, etc. I got a few others to pitch in as well.

    Believe me, by the end of the day he got the point and said so. Sometimes the only way to reach someone is to turn the tables on them and put the shoe on the other foot.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      So, lemme guess, from then on, he said, “That’s so RJ (TO)”?

      • RJ (TO)

        You must know this kid 🙂

    • Bj Lincoln

      Sometimes we have to make an example that hits home for others to fully understand something. It’s a great teaching tool when people can relate. I’m glad your friend got the point because he sounds like a good friend otherwise.

      • RJ (TO)

        We weren’t really friends, he was a coworker who was several years younger than me and we didn’t have a whole lot in common, but he was a really good kid.

  • clay

    Reminds me of the 2006 New Zealand horror/comedy “Black Sheep”. It had some bisexual sub-text that became explicit in the alternate ending. I can’t find that on the YouTube, but here’s the trailer:

    • The_Wretched

      huh? Bisexuals are like were-murder-sheep?

      • clay

        No. The two male leads were boyhood “chums” when the blonde returns to the farm just in time . . . The alternate ending has the two male leads, plus the female hippy-activist, all in bed together.

        ‘cuz otherwise, it’d just be offensive.

        • The_Wretched


  • geoffalnutt

    I don’t speak to anyone but my cat these days…and then I say things like ” Oh, it’s true. I love my zoo. So much I do!”. His name is Wazoo. Sometimes he seems vaguely annoyed – but it’s better this way. Really.

  • Puck

    Simple and cute!

  • fkevin
    Do sheep farmers normally wear shorts? Inquiring mind wants to know.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    This made me smile.