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07/31/2008

When life gives you gay 'demons', give your son lemonade

by Jeremy Hooper

The Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty may be all about "protecting children." But apparently that doesn't apply to protecting their minds from embracing oversimplified outlooks of corporate America, or from being used as talking points in "culture war" battles. This is a quote that Andrea has released in regards to the anti-gay McDonald's boycott:

When my son bounds out of kindergarten at his school, a typical request is to go to ‘Old McDonald’s.’ It’s not about the cuisine, the first question he asks when we get there is which toy are they giving away that day. Now, we are settling for a lemonade at another restaurant because, as our son says aloud every time a McDonald’s commercial airs on television or as we drive past one, – ‘McDonald’s is bad’

Alright, so she apparently had no problem with her child embracing marketing ploys, and no problem with him eating fatty foods (sorry McDonald's, but it's true). But when it comes to the gays? Line = crossed. What perspective.

Though we don't think Mickey D's is that worried. From the looks of things, Andrea and her family were never that good of customers anyway:

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Our increased iced coffee intake is clearly paying off!

McDonald’s Is Now Serving Families A ‘Sad Meal’ [TVC]

**RELATED: This is the actual image TVC is using to highlight their post:

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You think these gals gave permission to become TVC pitch women? Doubtful.

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Love that last pic. Now there's a McDonald's I'd eat at. Dinner AND a show! Fabulous!

Posted by: Jamie | Jul 31, 2008 3:43:17 PM

So in other words, the religious fundamentalists don't amount to a hill of beans. Nice to know that everyone knows them as the crazy people once again.

Seriously, you had to be there last year at the Marriage Equality hearings in RI when those against equality (Mainly the RC Church and their friends)got up to speak.

There was one guy, Father John Codega. He was a horses ass and Representative Amy Rice called him on it. While Codega was speaking we were heckling him from the audience.

It felt great.

This year I noted a much smaller religious contingent.
The bill never made it to the floor, but for the past three years now it has cleared the Judiciary Committee.

Posted by: Tony P | Jul 31, 2008 4:00:08 PM

Instead of swiping pictures of men in drag (without permission, I'm sure), the least these nutballs can do is dress in drag themselves, and use those photos in their attempts to demonize gays.

Lord knows a good 1/3 of the men involved with "pro-family" groups are bigger drag queens than the ones at the clubs. And I'm sure Giuliani can loan them a few gowns to their cause as well.

Posted by: Scott | Jul 31, 2008 4:59:09 PM

Gee, last time I checked, these so-called family groups said the boycott wasn't about hiring practices. Hmm.

Posted by: stojef | Jul 31, 2008 5:05:31 PM

So that's her anecdotal story?

Wouldn't her son only say "McDonalds bad" if she taught him to say that? It's not like he thought of it himself. And I'll bet there's a small part of the boy that's resentful that mommy took away his McDonalds because they're bad when he's not even sure why they're bad.

Posted by: Daimeon | Jul 31, 2008 6:00:42 PM

I think what surprises me the most is that Andrea Lafferty has a kindergarten-age son. How old is that woman??

Posted by: stojef | Jul 31, 2008 8:19:11 PM

Daimeon, if her story is even true, it is absolutely likely she just taught him to parrot that.
I'm trying to imagine the scenario where she tries to explain to a five-or-six year old why they have to boycott McD's. There is no way she could without flat out lying her ass off. Or without calling GLBT folk monsters of some kind.

Posted by: Bill S | Jul 31, 2008 9:18:48 PM

I'm surprised that she is proud of the fact that her kindergartener can't string together a more intelligent sentence.

Probably is still better than the stunted, home-schooled brood that they're accustomed to, so "McDonald's is bad" might be brilliant by comparison!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 31, 2008 9:28:38 PM

Its not about hiring policies, its about how they dont want corporate America to donate to pro-equality causes.

Thanks to this boycott I ordered another extra value meal. /cheer

Maybe the TVC and FOF will boycott a gym chain and then i'll go get fit. :)

Posted by: matt from california | Jul 31, 2008 9:48:23 PM

You know in 15 years (if not sooner) that kid is going to be sitting in rehab whining about his mother took away McDonalds from him.

Posted by: Wendy | Jul 31, 2008 10:52:41 PM

My five year old called it Old McDonalds up to age 3 and 1/2. If her son's calling it Old McDonalds in Kindergarden (at age 5 or 6), he must have some developmental issues; much like his mom.

Posted by: Steve | Aug 1, 2008 7:46:20 AM

LOL Steve - I was thinking the same thing. Kids are sharper than most people give them credit - myself, I was a bookworm BEFORE kindergarden.

This kid of Lafferty's sounds more like he burns books, and is being forced into having his own little political agenda at that age. Too bad he's just in kindergarden, as I surmise he's got a miserable 12-13ish years to deal with that crazy lady!

But she might be making all of this up (including the "bounding" kid), as most "pro family" leaders do about their allegedly happy lives. I've always thought the woman was a frigid lesbian.

Posted by: Scott | Aug 1, 2008 8:57:58 AM

I know this may seem small and petty, since reality's never gotten in their way yet, but...no McDonald's employee, male or female or male-born or female-born, looks like that at work. You have to pull your hair back and wear an androgynous uniform that contains much too much polyester. You have to wear a cap. An excess of makeup will sweat off your face and really get into your pores if you have to grill or fry anything. I KNOW there are other issues here, but this just gets to me, because so many people work or have worked at or know someone who works at McDonald's! I'm like, "Do they *really* think so little of the American people, including their own contributors?"

And then I slap myself for being stupid enough to ask that question.

I say this as a woman-born woman who worked at a McDonald's ten years ago.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Aug 3, 2008 12:08:47 AM

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