Atlanta's weekly LGBT newspaper Georgia Voice is certain to raise a few eyebrows with it's latest cover commemorating the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The slain civil rights leader graces the cover of the January 7 issue in the look of the popular NOH8 Campaign, mouth covered with duct tape and the words NOH8 in black and red ink on his cheek.
The NOH8 Campaign has garnered national attention as a silent protest against the passage of Proposition 8, the amendment that took away the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry in California and has featured thousands of everyday people and celebrities such as Cindy McCain, Lt. Dan Choi, and comedian Kathy Griffin to name a few.
But the question remains: if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive would he have participated in the NOH8 Campaign and is altering the face of such an iconic and revered leader in poor taste?
The campaign arrives in Atlanta the day before festivities kick off honoring the civil rights hero. NOH8 Creators Jeff Parshley and Adam Bouska recently spoke to Georgia Voice about coming to Atlanta.
"Bringing the NOH8 campaign to Atlanta during Martin Luther King Weekend was a “no brainer,” Parshley added
And, if Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, there is no doubt in Bouska and Parshley’s minds that he would gladly participate in the campaign.
“This [photo shoot] is one day before Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday so going back to his home town was a no brainer for us,” they state on the Facebook event page for the Atlanta visit. “We think he would be at the shoot if he were with us today.”
For conservative church-going African-Americans who are not familiar with the look or mission of the NOH8 campaign I believe the reaction will be less than pleasant. However, if MLK were alive I believe he'd be on the side of equality and justice for all and would have participated in the campaign.
So do you think the cover is appropriate or in poor taste? Should Georgia Voice prepare for a backlash?
h/t Drama Dupree
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