NOM Defaced by Cartoonist

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a group that aims to ban marriage.

Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition…

I know, it sounds weird, but it is true.

Apparently they did not go with the more obvious acronym National Organization Against Marriage (NOAM) because it could be associated with some liberal (Chomsky). National Organization in Opposition to Marriage (NOOM) just made everyone hungry for lunch and leave early. So someone must have decided NOM is good enough, even if it gets confused with NOM NOM NOM:

…but I digress.

The NOM blog embedded an image from a cartoonist blog called The Weinerworks. The original cartoon author, Zach Weinersmith, clearly was not impressed to find his work misunderstood and used in a campaign to stop marriage.

My first response was to ask my followers to post some ascii dicks to their comment board. Unfortunately, they moderate their comments there.

Perhaps he meant ASCII wieners.

  _                   _
 ( \                 / )
  \ \.-------------./ /
   \(               )/

He then realized he could switch the image they embedded to a different one — to one he thought might express his true feelings and get the attention of their readers.


So the NOM site effectively was defaced by what the cartoonist called “the classy route” attack. He also asked his readers to get screen shots, which created a DoS condition. I think this vector should be called from now on the NOM-bomb, or maybe the Wiener-Snit.

Update: The NOMers, which perhaps should have been named instead the National Enforcers of Marriage Assigned to Organize Around Derisiveness (NEMATOAD), has reacted to the cartoonist’s clever and silent protest. They have copied his artwork so they can host it locally, instead of linking to his site.


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