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04/12/2012

Bob Vander Plaats' 'new' Starbucks video is as stale as the boycott it supports

by Jeremy Hooper

Back in early February, I posted about a video that The Family Leader's leader, Bob Vander Plaats, had created in response to Starbucks after that company came out in favor of marriage equality. At the time, I took particular issue with one line in which Vander Plaats deliberately put words into the coffee behemoth's mouth:

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[Good As You]

Now, if you go to my old post, you want find the video that I addressed. That's because, true to "pro-family" form, The Family Leader quietly scrubbed the video as if it never existed. Fortunately, my friend David Badash did manage to catch a screen shot of the offending quote that Vander Plaats directly attributed to the company:

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[New Civil Rights Movement]

But now get this. The Family Leader has taken this exact same video and re-edited it so that it is now in support of NOM's failing Starbucks boycott. The Family Leader staffers don't address the fact that they were caught trying to manipulate people into believing that Starbucks said "God's design of marriage is bad for America"—Bob and his pals simply insert new footage and voiceover to mask the old fallacies:


(via Towle)

I find this truly offensive. Had I and others not called The Family Leader out on this deliberate obfuscation, the organization would've surely ran with the idea that America's coffee giant is fighting "God's design." The Family Leader was caught, duplicitiously-handed! It's not okay to just ignore the people who noted this, only the latest of the many spin jobs that have buttered the Family Leader's bread during the organization's short existence, and now act as if this old video is something new. The Family Leader was caught, and they know it, which is why the folks behind the initial video quickly yanked it. If they want to get back in the Starbucks game now, then Bob and his crew need to at the very least acknowledge their prior lies!

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