Last Friday, Brett Smiley, an openly gay candidate for mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, released what is almost certainly the most adorable campaign ad ever made.
In addition to cleverly riffing on the style of Wes Anderson, the ad gently displays Smiley’s status as a married gay man without hitting us over the head with it. Openly gay candidates in deep blue states have been striving to tout their orientation in ads for a while, but none has ever incorporated it so naturalistically—or sweetly. Even though the ad shows Smiley proposing to his husband (with a PowerPoint chart titled “Brett’s Plan for Happily Ever After”), his orientation barely registers upon first viewing, so organically is it incorporated into the collage of whimsical images. The ad is a charming piece of self-promotion—and a delightful dispatch from post-gay America.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.