In the most recent issue of Travel and Leisure magazine, Hilton Worldwide placed this ad showing two men smiling and sharing a pair of headphones in a bed (fully dressed, by the way), presumably in a Hilton hotel.
The American Family Association, one of the most anti-LGBT organizations around, is having a meltdown. They released the following statement:
Travel and Leisure isn’t a gay-specific magazine sent directly to homosexual’s homes. It’s a widely distributed mainstream publication that can be found in many public places such as doctors’ or auto repair waiting rooms. If Hilton had advertised two men playing tennis, cards, or having lunch, that would have been reasonable. However, Hilton chose to make a cultural and social statement by purposely marketing the promotion of homosexuality to a large segment of the population who finds the idea of two men sleeping together unnatural and offensive.
Hilton, on the other hand, is unfazed by the AFA’s whining and says they’re proud of the ad. Boom. (via the Huffington Post)
Photographers Dan Meyer and Brayden Olson are longtime friends of VICE, so when they pitched us this crackpot idea we were all ears. They were determined to fly around the US for a few days and photograph unsuspecting people in airports. The catch: They would never leave the airports themselves and would barely sleep, devoting all their energy to documenting the beleaguered pilgrims who enter America’s nodes of air travel and hope to escape as quickly as possible. Dan and Brayden began their journey at LaGuardia in New York City and then flew to Orlando, where they missed their flight to Portland, Oregon, and were sent back north to Newark Liberty International in New Jersey. From there, they were routed through Denver to Portland, flew down to Houston, and then returned to LaGuardia. Brayden forgot to bring a valid ID, so passing through security was always a struggle. He claims that contrary to accepted wisdom, you don’t actually need an ID to fly domestic—this was news to us. “But I got tons of pat-downs,” he said. While Travel + Leisure magazine recently called Portland International the number-one airport in the country, Dan and Brayden say Orlando’s was their favorite because there’s a swimming pool overlooking the tarmacs. Dan didn’t bring a bathing suit, but he shopped around and got a good deal on a pair of Billabongs. He hasn’t filed his expense report yet, and it’s unlikely he will be reimbursed for this purchase.