Web Rhetoric: Internet Users Respond to Constance McMillen

Facebook Image #3: Lesbian Doesn’t Mean Less of a Person

May 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Alright, I grabbed this image from the “Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to Prom!” Posting such an image in this group about Constance McMillen is clearly pegging the prom ordeal as a lesbian–and HUMAN–rights issue. The image is split into four frames. In the first three frames, we are shown images of protest signs and […]

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Facebook image #3: Crying baby.

April 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

If we’re talking about high school, what’s with all the pictures and language about babies? Interestingly, these seem to be attacks on Constance’s character and motives (over dramatic, seeking attention), rather than direct and logical responses to her arguments. These are called ad hominem attacks. Translated directly, ad hominem means “to the man” or “against […]

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Facebook Image #2: Holocaust Allusions

April 20th, 2010 · No Comments

So, I’ve definitely been noticing a number of allusions to the Holocaust in all of the recent dialogue around McMillen.  I found this image posted up on the “Constance quit yer cryin’” page.  The photograph depicts homosexual prisoners of the Nazi Holocaust.  They are dressed in prisoners’ garbs and each identified with a label and […]

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Facebook Image #1: Will God judge me for loving…

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

If you browse the “Constance quit yer cryin” Facebook fan page, you see a number of images alluding to Christ. Much of the opposition to gay rights is argued on moral and religious grounds, and defenders often respond along the same themes. I added this image as an example. Clearly, it is a critique of […]

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