Five most gay-friendly food and drink products

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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!

See also: Gays are a threat to public health" letter fires up civil unions debate

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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.

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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.

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3. Cheerios

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.



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Laurel Eaton Lesser
Laurel Eaton Lesser

Liv, I have friends who are gay. I am not a "bigot" by its definition of intolerance. However, I do choose to believe in God's word in my own life, and I also support companies who also believe it is wrong for them. As much as you may choose to support pro-gay companies, I also may choose not to! It's that simple.

Jeremy Evans
Jeremy Evans

Either way making a stand with pasta is retarded

Stephanie Romero
Stephanie Romero

Good For Barilla, They stand up for what they believe in. They have the right to support traditional family values. I will continue to support Barilla products more now :)

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

I WILL ONLY BUY Barilla Pasta and Coke - no Starbucks, Cheerios, Betty Crocker, or Oreos !!!

Jana Goff Tweedy
Jana Goff Tweedy

Barilla always turns out pasty and tastes like intolerance.

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Maybe they're gay friendly, but they're sure not health-friendly, especially Pepsi and Cheerios.

GFTW
GFTW

Brilliant, JennInFurrs! Jenny iz saying, "Support Gays by eating junk food and making urself fat! Fat ppl (like Wolowitz) support Gays! Skinny ppl R homophobez!"

I'll stick with pasta, thanks.

Manny Rodrigues III
Manny Rodrigues III

Barilla has been my dried pasta of choice for years. Why can't people just keep their opinions to themselves?

Laurel Eaton Lesser
Laurel Eaton Lesser

All of my comments are still here... Not sure if you were referring to mine?

Heidi Renee
Heidi Renee

"gay friendly" or not, none of this stuff is people friendly (i.e. FOOD)

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

I agree, however, where did your original comment go?

Chris Lesser
Chris Lesser

I say, even though it's a stupid issue, good for both parties for standing up for what they believe in. It's good to be free.. for now.

Erin Laraine Groves
Erin Laraine Groves

This still isn't REAL food, just shitty processed food like substances! Yeah "gay friendly" companies, great. Don't let it distract you from the fact that all these food like products contain no nutritional value and are made with GMO's

Laurel Eaton Lesser
Laurel Eaton Lesser

Blayne, by that standard the original post by the Denver Westword is also idiotic...in that it says "show 'em what's up by eating one of these instead"! So by doing what they suggest you would be "pledging allegiance" to some other brands who are saying their company is gay-friendly. Works both ways!

Steve Brown
Steve Brown

for real, pepsi sucks ass either way!!

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

Pledging your allegiance to a brand based on something a CEO says is idiotic.

Matthew Kays
Matthew Kays

free speech work BOTH ways. It's his right to put whatever the hell he wants or does not want on his packaging. I believe just as strongly that the person who spray painted the conservative propaganda sign in my town with gay propaganda (although the sign was vandalized in the process) had a right to do that too.

Laurel Eaton Lesser
Laurel Eaton Lesser

Thanks for the heads up! Now I'm going to go "like" and also buy more Barilla Pasta! :)

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

Is food seriously being billed as 'gay-friendly'? ludicrous.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Lots of dried pasta out there to choose from and boycotting Barilla will be easy.  I say we follow his advice and buy someone else's pasta.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Chris Lesser Social equality is a stupid issue? Why, because the issue has been spotlighted by a pasta maker instead of by some windbag on Capitol Hill? It doesn't take legislation to cause social change.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Steve Brown So true. I've tried to like it. But it just isn't as sharp and crispy as Coke. : )


Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@Blayne McMillan Well, if a CEO isn't speaking for his brand he should probably be fired, no?  I think it is safe to presume that if you have a homophobic CEO you have a homophobic brand and I'd prefer not to spend my gay dollars on their products.  Why any company (Chick-fil-a for example) would intentionally disinfranchise a segment of their potential customer base is totally beyond me.  Keep your mouth shut on your personal political beliefs and take everones' money.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Matthew Kays Thanks for the basic class on civics, for those who missed it in junior high. I'm pretty sure though that Mr. Barilla does not have the "right to put whatever the hell he wants or does not want on his packaging." For example, he would not have the right to label his pasta with the claim that it cures impotence.

As to your other point, vandalism and destruction of someone else's property are not protected rights. If they were, I would be able to destroy your car with a sledge hammer and claim that I was simply expressing my disgust at the excesses of the oil industry and our American car culture.

Thank you, though, for exercising your inalienable right to be completely and utterly wrong in public.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Laurel Eaton Lesser Bigoted jerks everywhere will thank you. : )

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Blayne McMillan Food is produced by people, who can be either gay-friendly or the opposite of gay-friendly, or they can choose to remain silent and just make food. You can choose to buy and eat food based on what you like, including what you like about what the people who make the food say when they choose to open their mouths. That hardly seems ludicrous, but rather the basis of an economy.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Blayne McMillan Gay-friendly, AND lowers your cholesterol--Cheerios--the breakfast of champions!

redshift20
redshift20

@Mantonat I think social equality is very important, however, I don't see any social inequality here.  Who is being hurt by his decision to not use homosexual couples in his advertising?  He's not badmouthing the community, he's just choosing to represent his product in what he feels is a more traditional manner.

I think the best you can hope for from some people/corporations is tolerance.  Mr. Barilla has proven that he is at least tolerant by stating his support for gay marriage.  Is that not good enough anymore?

Even though a boycott of Barilla will do no good (as we witnessed with Chick-fil-a), it's good to see people standing up for what they believe.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@redshift20 @Mantonat Who gets to decide what's "good enough"? So it's ok that gay people can get married, but not adopt children? Anyone who says that is not "at least tolerant." That makes them "at least" intolerant. That is exactly what I meant when I referred to social equality. It's not a stupid issue: some rich guy who sells pasta says its ok for a specific segment of society to do one thing he gets to do, but not another thing. That's social inequality. Until someone like Mr. Barilla can look at two gay men and see two people in love who are capable of caring for children and sharing a life together instead of seeing two people doing something he doesn't approve of, then it's not a stupid issue. So great, he's exercising his rights and his freedom  - it takes zero balls to say "yay, I support his right to say whatever he wants." That's the bare minimum of what we're defining here when we're defining a free society. Here's a better definition: not denying someone's right to equal concern and ethical independence. Mr. Barilla is throwing his hat in the ring with those who would deny a basic human activity like child rearing to someone because they think they are ethically superior to that person. That's why it's not a stupid issue and that's why its important to declare loudly and clearly that Mr. Barilla is wrong. He can say whatever the fuck he wants, but if we don't say as loudly that he is wrong, then all our rights and freedoms that we so gladly afford him don't mean shit if we don't also extend equal concern to those people who in many cases, in supposedly free countries like Italy and the US, cannot exercise what most of us take completely for granted. 

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