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PC PASTA, AND OTHER CAUSES
26 September 2013
Some people don't know when to shut up.
Yesterday, Guido Barilla, company president of Barilla pasta issued a statement on an Italian radio station:
As if that weren't a strong enough statement, he then added:
In other words, "I respect gays; I just don't want them to have the same rights as I do."
Well....needless to say these comments sparked an instant response world-wide and a call for a boycott of Barilla products. The hashtag #boycottbarilla was "trending" on Twitter by the afternoon. Even members of the Italian Parliament got into the fight. "Here we have another example of homophobia, Italian style," said Alessandro Zan, a member of the left-wing Sinistra Ecologia Libertá party. "I'm boycotting Barilla and I invite other MPs to do the same. I've already changed pasta brands. Barilla is terrible quality."
My friend James C. Glica-Hernandez posted something on Facebook, which was the first I'd heard of the tempest in a pasta pot. It sparked a long list of comments about boycotting Barilla and tossing out any Barilla products people currently had on their shelves.
I supported the boycott and even wrote a note to Barilla saying I would stop buying their products. I stopped short of tossing out my already-purchased Barillal pasta, since the company already had my money and nobody would know whether I used it or threw it away--and I hated to throw away good food (I was happy, however, to discover that I didn't have as much Barilla product as I thought--just one package of angel hair pasta).
This morning, apparently having been made aware of the negative publicity his company was getting, Guido Barilla issued another statement:
So to make things better he adds that gays should not adopt...but, presumably, it's OK if they eat his pasta.
Needless to say, I will not be buying Barilla products ever again. He is entitled to his own views, and he is entitled to say so on the radio -- and I have the right not to buy a product that is made by someone who is so vocal in his hatred of gay people.
But while writing this I came across another unrelated thing that
makes my blood boil. NBC is going to air an episode of the NRA-sponsored show Under
Wild Skies, in which brave hunter Tony Makris (also an NRA lobbyist) hires a guide in
Botswana to kill an elephant - for its ivory.
Let me repeat that:
I cannot tell you how that makes my stomach turn. Did this elephant have a baby nearby who is going to be traumatized for life hearing its mothers dying groans?
If you, like me, care about these animals and are sickened by the exploitation of the animals for sport...and for the entertainment of the home viewer, I hope you will sign the petition to ask NBC Sports not to air the program.
You can find the petition here.
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