Mass GOP candidate’s TV ad so outrageous that station includes disclaimer
Rayla Campbell brings factually inaccurate, hateful message about child porn in libraries to airwaves
I have another piece about Republican candidate for secretary of the commonwealth Rayla Campbell. She just won’t stop accusing libraries of carrying child pornography because she is upset about LGBTQ-themed content.
Just yesterday, I was visiting a library for a research project that involves locating newspaper articles that are not available on the internet and can only be located on clippings and microfilm. The reference librarian who assisted me was extremely courteous and helpful. Libraries are such a critical resource — every day, librarians do amazing work to make knowledge and entertainment available to everyone in a noncommercial setting. It’s appalling that someone seeking political office is falsely accusing librarians of something so grotesque for such a grotesque reason.
Rayla Campbell, the anti-LGBTQ demagogue and Republican candidate for secretary of the commonwealth, just got her first ad on TV, but there’s a twist—channel 5, the only network airing the ad, included a disclaimer telling viewers that the spot is “not endorsed” by the station.
According to reporting by the Boston Globe, the disclaimer states that “under federal law, WCVB is obligated to air the following ad without censorship.” It continues: “Please be advised the ad contains language and/or images that viewers may find offensive.” The ad is running weekdays during the station’s 6am broadcast until Halloween.
“Do you want your children reading child pornography? Of course you don’t,” Campbell says in the spot. “So why are books like this available in our public libraries? The media says these types of books don’t exist. Books with sex acts and foul language have become available at our children’s fingertips.”
As Campbell’s voiceover plays, images from the book Gender Queer: A Memoir are displayed. Campbell has made attacking public schools and libraries the focus of her campaign for secretary of the commonwealth even though the office has nothing to do with either. She has been fixated on Gender Queer, an award-winning comic book memoir that can be found in libraries throughout Massachusetts. Campbell has repeatedly called the book “child porn” and claims it is part of a vast effort by librarians and teachers to groom children for sexual abuse and trafficking.
Read the rest of this article on here at DigBoston.
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