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The Standing “O”

Creative agency Deep Focus created a micro-site to say thank you to our favourite president, Obama. The site The Standing “O” contains user-submitted GIFs of people giving Obama a standing ovation, creating a mosaic of Obama himself.

As President Obama’s time in office comes to an end, we wanted to send him off properly – by bringing the world together for one last standing ovation. Join us in #TheStandingO.

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The micro-site allows users to submit a GIF, zoom in to the mosaic and select individual gifs to view. Deep Focus partnered with Giphy and NowThis to collect the GIFs, or videos (that were then turned into GIFs by the agency’s team) of people applauding Obama, which were then moderated to make sure they were not offensive. Algorithms placed the GIFs in the photo of Obama based on colour schemes to create the wonderful tribute wall to the 44th President.

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GLAAD: Trump Accountability Project

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is one of the many LGBT+ organisations I support, and am very fond of, not only because they are a non-governmental (and therefore non-profit) organisation, but also because of their purpose – GLAAD is a media monitoring organisation founded by LGBT people in the media. Their aim is to tackle tough LGBT issues and consequently create a narrative that leads to cultural change.

GLAAD has taken the open homophobic and transphobic statements made by republicans very seriously, and used this information to create ‘The Trump Accountability Project (TAP)’, “a resource for journalists, editors, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration, which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of President-elect Donald Trump and those in his circle.”
The aim of TAP is to hold those on Trump’s team accountable for their hate speech, stemming from GLAAD’s original project ‘Commentator Accountability Project’ (CAP) which aims to bring anti-LGBT statements to life, putting information about anti-gay interviewees into the hands of newsrooms, journalists and editors. Similarly to this project, GLAAD aims to do the following with TAP:

…Use first-hand statements, video, and/or audio to document the animus displayed by people being appointed into positions of power in the U.S. government. GLAAD will update the following profiles with new statements that disparage LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, Immigrants, and many others. GLAAD will also share this information with reporters, journalists, producers, activists, and fellow organisations each time they make headlines anew.

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What a great project. It’s a shame how targeting works on social media, as Trump supporters probably would never see these types of articles and projects on their feeds (not that it would necessarily change their minds). The US election really opened my eyes to targeted ads and news feed items, especially on Facebook…
Now listen up. Organisations like GLAAD can’t exist without donations, so please reach into your privileged pockets and donate towards an amazing cause – love, acceptance and unity! Pretty please!

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Sagmeister & Walsh: Pins Won’t Save the World

I simply cannot promise that this will be my last US Election post. There’s just too much good content out there that’s been accumulated since Trump took to the post to become the next President of the USA (not going to happen)

The infamous Sagmeister & Walsh have created 40 illustrated badges in protest against Donald Trump. The unique messages are encouraging people to vote for Hillary Clinton, whilst promoting tolerance (and all things surrounding kindness and love that you’d never hear coming out of Trump’s tiny mouth).

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Enamel badges and patches are currently very on trend, which are sold in huge fashion brands such Topshop, ASOS, Zara (controversial) etc. Although the target audience – millennials – are mainly liberal, only 26% of them voted in 2012, with 48 million missed votes. So, the designs are another ploy to get young people off their asses and vote! Sagmeister and Walsh’s own designs feature alongside contributions from a variety of their friends and colleagues, including Brian Rae, Jean Jullien, Timothy Goodman, Olimpia Zagnoli, Ward Sutton, Will Bryant, Coucou Suzette, Adam JK, Ro & Co Studio, Jon Contino, and HORT.

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Barack Obama’s re-election

I haven’t had time to write about this sooner, but here’s an Obama post!

I find myself far more interested in American politics than British politics…. Probably because Barack Obama has changed the meaning of equality for so many people in the USA. Here, ‘gay marriage’ does not actually exist, just civil partnerships. Some people (including gay people) might not see the difference, but I do. Marriage is marriage, so why does it have to be a ‘partnership’? One of the reasons I was hoping for his re-election was to influence the UK with the amazing job he has done in making gay marriage equal in so many states. It’s unbelievable! If you told someone 50 years ago that a black president was making gay marriage legal in tones of states in the USA, you’d be laughed at.

Not only that, but women’s rights … the right to their own body and their own reproductive control. The right to be treated equally to men in the workplace.

The fear of Romney I had was for those thousands of gay partners who dreamed of one day getting married and having a family, having to question their ability in the future to do so. Dedicating your life to someone, and having and loving a child with someone you adore is a basic human right. I cannot comprehend the fear and worry thousands of gay Americans felt at the possibility of this being taken away from them by Mitt Romney.

Not only that, but the right to have contraception and abortions. Every woman should have the liberation to make her own choices, and the freedom to control her own body.

Ok, Obama may not have solved America’s financial crisis, but those using that against him seem to forget who was in power before. Obama didn’t just create this debt, it was handed down to him. If I’m honest, what he has done for people, and for parity, is outstanding, and just as outstanding as the abolition of slavery. Slavery is wrong, gender prejudice is wrong.

Obama, you are amazing!!!

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