Guido Barilla dipped his noodle in boiling water this week when he told an Italian radio show that the Barilla pasta company "likes the traditional family," which means we won't see any gays in Barilla's advertising -- and if they don't like it, he said, "they can always go eat someone else's pasta."
In response to Barilla's bigot-toni -- hold the sausage -- Barilla boycotts are springing up around the world. That makes this the perfect time to acknowledge companies that are not only down with homosexuality -- they are downright fabulous!
Here are the five most gay-friendly food and drink products. Taste the rainbow!
5. Pepsi Bless the purveyors of the number-two sparkly, brown cola drink, because PepsiCo donated $1 million to the Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). In response, the American Family Association got its collective anti-gay panties in a bunch and launched a "Boycott Pepsi Pledge," urging other gay-haters to forgo Pepsi beverages and also umbrella products like Frito Lay chips, Quaker Oats and Gatorade. But the cats and kittens at PepsiCo did the right thing, and stood by their pro-gay stance.
Now if only Coke would follow Pepsi's example -- I like the taste of Coke better, but Pepsi came out of this smelling very sweet.
4. Starbucks In early 2012 Starbucks released a memo in support of gay marriage, inspiring NOM (The National Organization for Marriage) to throw a big 'ol tantrum and come out with DumpStarbucks.com to persuade like-minded jagbags to skip their peppermint mochas with extra whip. But the plan to boycott Buckies picked up less steam than the inside of a cappuccino maker.
And in case anyone was in doubt, Starbucks is still doing just fine.
Cheerios is one of the brands owned by General Mills, a company that opposed the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. This opposition got the negative attention of NOM (that group gets around) and the NOMers went off on a moral integrity kick, declaring that Cheerios were evil, tiny rings of Satan, or whatever. Cheerios apparently lower your cholesterol AND promote a wicked homosexual agenda.
Which means Cheerios multitask like no other cereal I know of, and those multi-colored Fruity Cheerios are definitely sending a message of delicious tolerance.
2. Betty Crocker
Betty Crocker, a poster product for domestic bliss, is also part of the General Mills family, and thus targeted for NOM's godly wrath. Betty also got on the wrong side of another charming group: the Family Research Council. President Tony Perkins called for a boycott of the Betty Crocker brand after it baked wedding cakes and donated them to the first same-sex marriages in Minnesota, saying that the only thing Betty Crocker is "mixing up is their priorities." But as Betty Crocker brand manager Laura Forero explained at a cake-tasting event, "Celebrating these three families today seemed very appropriate as Betty celebrates all families."
Betty Crocker's rainbow chip cake has never tasted so sweet.
1. Oreo In 2012, Oreo posted a photo of a rainbow filling-stacked Oreo cookie on its Facebook page to celebrate Pride month. Most of the feedback was shiny and supportive, but some rectal explorers just had to ham-fist the festivities with comments about baby Jesus crying and civilization coming to an end. There was talk of an Oreo boycott, but the company did an excellent job of staying positive and ignoring the hatey verbalanche.
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I don't like Oreo cookies. The wafers are too crunchy and the filling is suspect, but that rainbow-stuffed cookie tasted like justice and equality -- with just the right amount of "eff you!"