This billboard (on Christopher Street-Sheridan Square in New York City – March 2011) is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. It manages to poke fun at both same-sex and same-old-sex marriage. It mocks the people who oppose marriage equality while also teasing those who support it. Then it asks if you are or are not one, knowing that in this hyper-tech age, we’re all part bot – just a matter of time before the chips are embedded instead of appended in our hands.
And this billboard is selling vodka not metaphysics! Remarkable.
This billboard resonates with me because when I was growing up, through college and throughout my adult life, this is what I thought getting married would mean — becoming a bot. Marriage in my cultural upbringing was mandatory, heterosexuality not only compulsory but so pervasive that it rendered being single the same as being alien. I knew I was an alien. And here I am, mid-life, fighting for the freedom to marry and become a bot.