Guerrilla Girls' "Vote No" billboard features Michele Bachmann [PHOTO]

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TC Daily Planet and Tim Carroll
The Guerrilla Girls-designed billboard uses Bachmann's words against her.
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With the help of a fundraiser held last month at Cult Status Gallery, Joan Vorderbruggen, founder of Artists in Storefronts, came up with the $2,400 needed to erect a 'Vote No' billboard in downtown Minneapolis.

The pro-gay billboard, located at Glenwood Avenue and 12th Street across from Lee's Liquor Lounge, was designed by the NYC-based Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous feminist group devoted to fighting sexism with visual art.

As the Twin Cities Daily Planet Reports, the billboard features a seemingly gay-friendly quote from Michele Bachmann, along with a pink equals sign painted over her lips. The quote -- "We all have the same civil rights" -- was uttered by Bachmann during a forum last November in Iowa, while her presidential campaign was in its death throes.

Here's the full exchange between Bachmann and high school student Jane Schmidt from which the quote is taken:
BACHMANN: Well, number one, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that's really what government's role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn't be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people's preferences. We all have the same civil rights.

JANE SCHMIDT: Then, why can't same-sex couples get married?

BACHMANN: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they're a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they're a man.

JANE SCHMIDT: Why can't a man marry a man?

BACHMANN: Because that's not the law of the land.

JANE SCHMIDT: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.

BACHMANN: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.
Vorderbruggen told the Daily Planet that the Guerrilla Girls purposely avoided using the billboard, which will be erected for a month, to take shots at Bachmann and other anti-gay marriage conservatives.

The billboard is "trying to show that the issue is a civil rights issue," she said. "My personal feeling is that it's a billboard that really has a strong backbone."


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4 comments
liljenk
liljenk

I hate all the smear campaigns out there right now.  Since when did professional politics turn into an immature high school election? In my neighborhood (north Minneapolis) people don't want to vote. It is all a bunch of he-said-she-said, and the real issues are being ignored.  It is reminiscent of a Douglas Adams book. "The President in particular is very much a figurehead-he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage.  His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it."

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Ooh she will not be happy about this one...and that makes me happy...

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