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06/26/2008

Video: When defending gay mayo ad, Wayne cuts the mustard

by Jeremy Hooper

Wayne Besen, "ex-gay" opponent and friend of G-A-Y, went on CNN's Headline News yesterday to criticize Heinz's decision to yank a British mayonnaise ad that featured a same-sex kiss. Check it out:

Truth Wins Out Says Heinz Unwise to Pull Gay-Tolerant Ad [TWO]
(H/t: QNotes)

**FYI: The AFA's Randy Sharp, who is featured in the above piece, once suggested that the Walgreens company was sponsoring the Gay Games in order to increase the sell of their HIV drugs. Is that really the sort of mentality you want to follow, Heinz?!

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Your thoughts

We'll see. I've always used Best Foods! Ad was cute, funny... if TV Shows even sitcoms are showing gay relationships even marriages now, why shouldn't ads. It was written with a tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended) shock value though...when boy calls Mum MUM.. I think most same-sex parented households use Dad, Papa something like that. But then we wouldn't have 'gotten' it until the Dad leaves at the end, rather than feeling shocked all through it while the children are still there.
Are they even 'pulling it' on purpose just to stir up controversy and placate both side and get name recognition? POSSIBLE!

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 26, 2008 12:52:00 PM


I guess it's just a lifestyle after all - CNN says so.

Posted by: dave b | Jun 26, 2008 1:45:53 PM

I just *love* how simply existing in an open space is considered an 'in your face' lifestyle and part of the 'gay agenda'. -_-

Posted by: Alex | Jun 26, 2008 4:40:40 PM

How come no one in the CNN piece made more of the point that this ad did not air in the US but the UK; a separate sovereign country with marriage equality. The ad reflects reality in the UK for a proportion of the population, as would an ad showing a male and female in the same situation. This boils down to a non issue in the UK (200 complaints is nothing in this country; any religiously inspired mail-in complaints campaign usually numbers in the thousands). Heinz pulled a UK ad to appease the US pressure group AFA. As their spokesman said, thousands of Americans complained about an ad that aired in another country. AFA clearly orchestrated an attack on Heinz for it's non US actions; they clearly fear that progressive equality values from the UK might infect Heinz US. Sad. Well done Besen, clear, coherent and got in the main points in the sound bite chunks allowed.

Posted by: Deb | Jun 29, 2008 6:26:03 AM

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