'Gathering Storm' spoofs: Which celebrity gay-marriage parody rains more laughs?

It’s the ad that just keeps giving! Of course, I’m referring to The National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) "Gathering Storm" video advertisement that, in a stroke of nearsighted literalism, actually placed actors in front of ominous storm clouds as they talked about the approaching "storm" of same-sex marriage. Since the ad’s debut earlier this month, people all around the entertainment universe have been taking a crack at it. On Tuesday, Funny or Die unveiled this parody video, which stars, among others, Alicia Silverstone, Lance Bass, Sophia Bush, George Takei, and Jane Lynch…

Verdict? The skit is funny, but takes too much time building up to its main punchline, that a "gay rain army" will fall, er, dance from the sky in a choreographed dance number. Couldn’t we have at least seen this dance number? Adam Shankman, where were you on this one? Now, Stephen Colbert’s parody ad that aired on The Colbert Report last Thursday (his fake ad starts 3:30 into the clip), that had a bit more bite in it…

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Which clip did you enjoy more, PopWatchers? Do you feel these parodies are appropriate responses from the entertainment industry? Or would it have been better to have let the original NOM ad, and its inherent ridiculousness, stand on its own?

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  • Nix

    As a rule, I am always for letting things stand, or fall, on their own. I’ve fallen a lot. That said, I would love, love, love, to see Kathleen Turner reprise her role as Chandler’s dad, with her rubber boysuit dancers, doing “It’s Raining Men” from his Vegas revue. Growing up, I was the one on the left.

  • Adam

    Colbert wins by far! The part with the husband is hilarious.


  • mark in nyc

    don’t forget the one from Lizz Winstead’s (creator of the daily show) comedy troop it was featured on huffpo, dailykos, and a whole host of others.
    can see it at http://www.shootthemessengernyc.com

  • Stef

    I like that they were looking for people with experience building giant umbrellas.

  • Alex

    This is far and away the best one, as Dan Savage says right above it on his blog:


  • RayT

    I love the line “I’m a pastor whose church was turned into an Abercrombie & Fitch.”

  • Mindy

    This one is my favorite so far. I am going to look at the one on Dan Savage’s blog right now.

  • beelkay

    I liked both parodies, although Colbert’s is obviously a bit sharper. I’m glad they made these, because the original video gets my dander up, actually. It’s good to be able to laugh at it.

  • Colleen

    Of these two, Colbert’s is definitely better. I like the YouTube one posted just below, too.

  • Mister F

    I like both of them! Both hilarious!
    And isn’t a gay storm just a rainbow anyway afterward? Oh snaps!

  • e4ia

    Colbert’s is the funnier one but I have to say I am very fond of Jane Lynch’s (from the National Organization for Man Lady Marriage) “We are actually building a…um…an umbrella…”

  • Snarf

    They’re both good. The actual ad itself cracks me up too since everyone looks like they came out of Stepford and talk about coming together in their bigotry.

  • mishi

    Go to http://www.giantgayrepellentumbrella.com NOW and lend a hand! And a sewing machine! Stop the downpour of anything-goes freedom! Bring back the good old days when doctors could refuse to treat people because they were lesbians or Jews or blacks, not merely because they didn’t have insurance! You don’t want to be forced to marry sheep and goats and renegade Mormons, do you???
    Save us, Jee-bus!

  • Susan

    Stephen Colbert rules!
    Tho “Funny or Die” has the advantage of some has-beens like Lance Bass and Alicia Silverstone. Jane Lynch does the great ending.

  • NOM for me

    The number of parodies does not indicate the “ridiculousness” of the ad, as the above blog implies, but rather the attitudes of the opponents in combating the message. Clearly these opponents are worried and desperate to convince their amoral flock.

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