That is the headline (word for word) on this AP story. It made the little headline box on the Yahoo main page (my primary gateway for news these days), so it's getting plenty of airplay.
Teenage polygamy activists ... kinda creepy. Pictured teen carrying sign that says, "I love all my Moms." I wonder if he has heard of the lost boys? The article makes them sound like regular Utah teenagers: "Dressed in flip-flops and blue jeans, bangs drooping over their eyes, the teens at Saturday's rally talked on cell phones and played rock music, singing lyrics written to defend their family life." Lyrics written to defend their family life? These are not normal teenagers.
To be fair, the quotes in the article are fairly articulate. The kid with the sign says:
I didn't come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs. I shouldn't have to.
A 17-year-old named Jessica is quoted as follows:
We are not brainwashed, mistreated, neglected, malnourished, illiterate, defective or dysfunctional. My brothers and sisters are freethinking, independent people; some who have chosen this lifestyle, while others have branched out to a diversity of religions.
Bright kids (or at least bright enough to memorize a script). But still, how many 17-year-olds describe their siblings as freethinking, independent people? Maybe HBO can run a teenage spinoff from Big Love next year. You can have some fun thinking up proposed names. How about The SLC?
Update: The SL Trib offers a much better writeup of the event, including mentioning MTV (there quizzing the teens on their views of modern music) and some Big Love consultants (there to film the crowd for costume design ideas). The AP article is also posted at CNN but with a different photo.
[Minor edit, 8-21-06]