I recently wrote a post about Michelle Rhee’s “Olympics” ad, in which she shows a flabby man doing rhythmic gymnastics and falling down because he is in such bad shape. This is supposed to be American education, in her view.

I wrote that she was ridiculing obesity and insulting our students, our teachers,  our schools, and presenting a humiliating picture of America to the world.

A reader wrote to say that the ad is also homophobic, and on reviewing, I agree. The man in the ad is engaged in a sport that is for women only in the Olympics. He is portrayed as effete and ineffectual. This is an insulting stereotype of a gay man.

If StudentsFirst has any wisdom, it would withdraw this ad.