Some sweet news for you: You will no longer have to fight off hordes of ignorant homophobes when reaching for America’s favorite sandwich cookie at the grocery store.
After Nabisco posted an image of a delightfully multi-colored (but sadly non-existent) Oreo cookie for Gay Pride day, the vast majority of responses–150,000 “likes” and 20,000 comments–were positive. But since there’s always a Draco Malfoy that has to ruin the fun, a slew of negative comments also followed, including many that said they would no longer be purchasing Oreos.
This is, as I have said, excellent news, as it leave more cookies for you and me. Thanks, homophobes! Between this nonsense and your Girl Scout cookie freak-out last January, I’m going to have freaking diabetes because you just make me want to buy so many cookies. At least when I need to buy new pants, I can buy them at JC Penney.
The thing is, if these homophobes really want to do their homework (and I’m pretty sure they don’t), they’ll discover that a metric ton of U.S. business supported Gay Pride Day this year. In Los Angeles, LA Pride 2012 events were sponsored by Bud Light, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Wells Fargo. New York City’s NYC Pride events were sponsored by some of the same companies, plus AT&T, Skyy Vodka, Macy’s, and Walgreen’s.
My kids have grown up with GLBT friends and family. They’re so used to the idea that “family means the people who love you” — whether that means a single-parent family, or a child living with her grandparents, or two moms, or whatever — that we actually had to specifically explain what a biological family is. I guess we’ve sheltered them to a degree, because they’re always surprised when they find out other people don’t share our views of equality. They’re particularly incredulous that their aunts had to travel to a different state to get married. They’re also pretty nuanced in their understanding; recently we were watching a show on TV, and a male character said he looked “so gay” with a bra on over his clothes.
“I don’t think he means gay,” said one of my 11-year-old twin daughters. “He means transgender.”
“They should really fact-check that stuff,” agreed her twin.
So, yeah, we’ll be munching some Oreos this week. Do I care if companies are using Gay Pride as just another marketing tool? Not really. When it comes to cold, hard cash, my family is delighted to support the companies that value the business of all our friends and family.
In fact, there are a whole slew of business we’ll be choosing to support, that anti-gay folks may want to incorporate into their boycott. I mean, they want to take a stand, right? Check it out:
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