A promotion for the Olathe Republican Party’s Faith & Freedom Picnic this weekend stirred plenty of pithy comments Thursday.
Some people saw it as taking a shot at Black Lives Matter with its tagline of “Olathe Lives Matter!”
Others saw an attack on the LGBTQ community with the use of the multi-colored lettering.
The ad turned out to have a few other problems.
First, the “keynote speaker” — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran — reportedly will not attend the picnic.
Second, some of the other “Special Invited Guests” might also be no-shows.
Here’s how it played out on social media over a few hours Thursday afternoon, revealing that plenty of people are paying attention to these kinds of local political events.
Hmm: Why is the master of ceremony's name for this Olathe GOP event in ALL CAPS while keynote speaker — a U.S. Senator — is lowercase? pic.twitter.com/saOHiSksfJ
— Yael T. Abouhalkah (@YaelTAbouhalkah) June 22, 2017
More importantly, why is Olathe GOP hiring a middle schooler to do their fliers?
— Joe Getto (@In_the_Getto) June 22, 2017
Some would not find that to be the most problematic element of the flier.
— Brian Ellison (@Ptsbrian) June 22, 2017
I was all about the rainbow word art in fourth grade. Used it on the cover of every book report.
— Elle Moxley (@ellemoxley) June 22, 2017
What's up with the "Olathe Lives Matter" in quotes and rainbow? You know what else is rainbow? Is there a connection? pic.twitter.com/XxGVmENx85
— Aimee Patton (@AimeePatton11) June 22, 2017
Kansas Democratic Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka weighed in:
My immediate take, given the coloring of "Olathe Lives Matter", was this was a gay pride event. Then I read. Apparently, not
— Laura Kelly (@SenatorKelly) June 22, 2017
Um. I would say the Olathe Lives Matter slogan is what catches my eye. https://t.co/MrUkm0GQ2L
— Bryan Lowry (@BryanLowry3) June 22, 2017
Lowry, the lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star, reported in subsequent tweets:
“So Moran will not actually be attending that Olathe picnic. He’s got events in Manhattan that day, according to his office.”
“Kobach will be there though.”
“Yoder is also not going be there. He’ll have some staffers there.”
I'm hoping there will be a dunk tank as a fundraiser.
— Mike Miller (@mwmiller75) June 22, 2017
And, finally, a positive comment about the ad. Well, at least it appears to be positive, right?
— Casta Diva (@castadiva95) June 22, 2017