Rick Perry's "Strong" Ad

Rick Perry's "Strong" Ad

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"Friday isa fantastic song." Rick Perry


Rick Perry's "Strong" Campaign Ad is a YouTube advertisement for the Texas governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee candidate Rick Perry. The video begins with Perry openly proclaiming his Christian background, then goes onto denounce Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and vows to end Barack Obama's "War on Religion." The YouTube video immediately stirred a controversy in the comments section and drew criticism from the LGBT and atheist communities alike.


The advertisement video titled "Strong" was uploaded on December 6th, 2011, via Rick Perry's YouTube campaign account RPerry2012.[1]

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again. I'm Rick Perry and I approve this message.

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Online Reaction

Rick Perry's video was met by strong, negative reaction from users on various social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, drawing over 200,000 downvotes to the YouTube clip in less than 72 hours of the upload. As it continued to spread across the blogosphere[3][4][5][6][7][8], some readers launched a separate campaign calling on people to flag the YouTube video as inappropriate for promoting "hatred or violence" about "sexual orientation."

Strong Rick Perry 20120 subscribe 45 videos▼ 0:13 /031 360p Like + Add to Share iews Report this video as inappropriate Please select the category that most closely reflects your concem about the video, so that we can review it and determine whether it violates our Community Guidelines or isnt appropriate for all viewers. Abusing this feature is also a violation of the Community Guidelines, so don't do it Flag for promotes hatred or violence- ← Per our Community Guidelines, we dont permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a protected group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability,gender, age, veteran status, and senual orientation/gender identity). Please indicate what the hate speech was about sexual orientation ← Please also provide any additional information which you think could help us verify the issue as quickly as possible Cancel or Submit video for review

In the news, the point of contention was quickly narrowed down to Perry's analogy involving gay military personnels and the defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which was repealed after President Obama signed the legislation in 2010.

Rick Perry's Unpopular Opinions

On December 8th, two days after the release of "Strong" on YouTube, a Tumblr page titled "Rick Perry's Unpopular Opinions"[2] was created. The single topic blog featured animated GIF versions of the ad along with superimposed text conveying humorous messages, further emphasizing the unpopularity of Perry's stance on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy in the U.S. military.

I'm glad that Community was benched. Rick Perry The Beatles are a horible band." Rick Perny "Katy Perry is better than Lady Gaga." Rick Perry
"Jar Jar Binks is my favorite character. Rick Perry "Arrested Development deserved to be cancelled." Rick Perry "Firefly was an awful sci-f Series. Rick Perry

Parody Videos


Rick Perry's speech in the video has also been the subject of parody, leading to several copypasta variations. Several copypasta are coupled together with photoshops of various characters on top of Rick Perry's face.

You do not need to be a Pureblood to know there is something wrong with the Wizarding World when Mudbloods can live among the worthy as equals, but our own children cannot openly practise the Dark Arts

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