Small Protests Count

homophobia

Many purchases ago, I wandered into a ‘Cumberland farms.’  Or, as it is affectionately known, ‘Cumbies!’

I had three large dogs in a two door Ford Focus.  After handing over my debit card to the nervous clerk.  He rang me through, carton of Marlboro Reds, tank full of gas and three large Slim Jim’s…for the brood rocking the back of my car.

I did not look at the receipt.  I signed.  I left.  

Not one minute later…I had been accused of only paying for the cigarettes and snack.  

‘Why didn’t you look at the slip?  Were you going to get away with free gas?’

Long story short, the frightened, deer stuck in headlights, social media savvy, clerk…did not charge me for the gas.

A simple mistake?  Possibly!  However, after I returned to ‘pay up.’  The clerk and the police seemed…very suspicious.  After all, most good robbers often drive a too small car covered with hippie stickers and three large dogs in the back seat.

One that day, years from today, I vowed to never visit establishments…that have offered up…bad service.

New Year Resolution for those inclined to make a difference in…small ways.

Urban Outfitters –

Chairman Richard Hayne donates often to candidate that do not support gay rights.  

salvationarmyusa.org

The Salvation Army openly says that “practicing homosexuals” aren’t welcome in their organization and they have lobbyists in D.C. and abroad who work to prevent gay rights legislation from being enacted.we-help-people

Chick-fil-A –

Openly homophobic president, Dan Cathy.  Company donates yearly to anti-gay causes.

Purina

Refuses to offer benefits to LGBTQ employees.

Boy Scouts of America

Most recently allowed for openly gay scouts.  Strongly discourages openly gay scout leaders.

What can happen with the little protests?  Every great movement started in small ways!

Not since 2013, when a boycott of Barilla brand pasta raged around the world, has the Italian company been the focus of so many headlines.

Chairman Guido Barilla changed the course of that debacle by recanting some alarming antigay comments!

“I have heard the countless reactions around the world to my words, which have depressed and saddened me. It is clear that I have a lot to learn about the lively debate concerning the evolution of the family,” he said. “In the coming weeks, I pledge to meet representatives of the group that best represent the evolution of the family, including those who have been offended by my words.”

LGBTQ Nation

 

 

Pasta served with Family Values

Move Over Pasta, Let ‘em eat Chik-Fil-A instead

September 29, 2013 by 

Barilla said: “For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company. I would not do it but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don’t see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family.”

Dear MoveOn member,

My family, and especially my 12-year-old son, eats a lot of pasta—and my wife and I have often chosen Barilla Pasta because of the wide variety available at our local grocery store.

No more. Yesterday, Barilla Pasta President Guido Barilla made it clear how he felt about families like mine by saying that he’d never show gay families in advertisements for Barilla. He said that gays “can go eat someone else’s pasta” if they didn’t like his message.1

I’m taking him up on that and so should you. Sign the petition to tell Guido Barilla that you stand with gay families and won’t buy Barilla.

That’s why I started a petition to the Barilla Pasta company, which says:

Barilla Pasta President Guido Barilla’s statement that he’d never consider showing gay families in his advertisements is outrageous. I’m supporting gay families by boycotting Barilla Pasta.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

Beth Allen

 

RandomwordbyRuth editorial response to Pasta:

 

There are many certainties in life:

People who receive a license after the age of thirty should stay home and watch Dr. Phil and leave the ‘real’ driving to the text hungry teenagers.

The straightest line between an Irish woman cooking an authentic Italian meal is a quick stop at the bathroom that has earth friendly reading material.

Lesbians can’t dance and gay men cannot wear flannel.

It is unfortunate that Barilla along with Chick-Fil-A and the Salvation ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ Army have found themselves in a pot of boiling angry lesbian and pissed of queers stew!

That being said, however, the other certainty in rainbow land?

 

No self respecting metero-sexual and/or gay male would be caught out of the closet divulging on a plate of carbs!  For that matter, most lesbians prefer a hungry gal’s meal: mashed potato and ketchup with a big slab of carnivore delights on the side.

Research shows that we are all too big for our britches anyway.  Most of us coming in with a B.M.I. of two tons past healthy weight.

Who will be next?

Rumor has it Alec Baldwin and Paula Deen will be co-hosting a new made for homophobic cracker’s TV talent show: STRAIGHT TALK

those damn peace loving pasta eating homosexuals

 

Move Over Pasta, Let ’em eat Chik-Fil-A instead

Barilla said: “For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company. I would not do it but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don’t see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family.”

Dear MoveOn member,

My family, and especially my 12-year-old son, eats a lot of pasta—and my wife and I have often chosen Barilla Pasta because of the wide variety available at our local grocery store.

No more. Yesterday, Barilla Pasta President Guido Barilla made it clear how he felt about families like mine by saying that he’d never show gay families in advertisements for Barilla. He said that gays “can go eat someone else’s pasta” if they didn’t like his message.1

I’m taking him up on that and so should you. Sign the petition to tell Guido Barilla that you stand with gay families and won’t buy Barilla.

That’s why I started a petition to the Barilla Pasta company, which says:

Barilla Pasta President Guido Barilla’s statement that he’d never consider showing gay families in his advertisements is outrageous. I’m supporting gay families by boycotting Barilla Pasta.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Beth Allen

 

RandomwordbyRuth editorial response to Pasta:

 

There are many certainties in life:

People who receive a license after the age of thirty should stay home and watch Dr. Phil and leave the ‘real’ driving to the text hungry teenagers.

The straightest line between an Irish woman cooking an authentic Italian meal is a quick stop at the bathroom that has earth friendly reading material.

Lesbians can’t dance and gay men cannot wear flannel.

It is unfortunate that Barilla along with Chick-Fil-A and the Salvation ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ Army have found themselves in a pot of boiling angry lesbian and pissed of queers stew!

That being said, however, the other certainty in rainbow land?

No self respecting metero-sexual and/or gay male would be caught out of the closet divulging on a plate of carbs!  For that matter, most lesbians prefer a hungry gal’s meal: mashed potato and ketchup with a big slab of carnivore delights on the side.

Research shows that we are all too big for our britches anyway.  Most of us coming in with a B.M.I. of two tons past healthy weight.

Who will be next?

Rumor has it Alec Baldwin and Paula Deen will be co-hosting a new made for homophobic cracker’s TV talent show: STRAIGHT TALK

those damn peace loving pasta eating homosexuals