BLUE PRIDE WATCHDOG AREA: Sept 26, 2013 13:35:50 GMT -5
Post by bluepride on Sept 26, 2013 13:35:50 GMT -5
Gay Rights Advocates Boycott Barilla After President of Pasta Maker's Remarks
The president of Barilla is apologizing for saying that he would never use a gay family in the pasta maker's ads.
Guido Barilla said in an Italian radio interview that his pasta is for the traditional family and said gay people could eat another pasta if they did not like his message.
"We accept his invitation to not eat his pasta," said Aurelio Mancuso, president of gay-rights group Equality Italia, in a statement in Italian.
Boycotting Twitter users shared the hashtag #boicottabarilla, or "boycott Barilla."
But Barilla quickly walked back his comments.
"With reference to remarks made yesterday to an Italian radio program, I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they hurt someone's sensitivity," Guido Barilla said in a statement. "In the interview I simply wished to underline the central role the woman plays within the family."
Gay marriage is not legal in Italy.
He added, "For clarity, I would like to point out that: - I have the utmost respect for anyone, without distinction of any kind.
- I have the utmost respect for gay people and for everyone's right to express themselves. I've also said -- and I would like to reiterate -- that I respect gay marriages.
- In its advertising, Barilla represents the family - because it's what welcomes everyone and what has always been identified with our brand."
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Well......you said it.....now you take it back.....maybe you should've thought about what you said before you said it. I think I'll be switching brands. I have no intention of buying Barilla Pasta from here on in. Too bad. It was pretty good but there are other decent pasta brands out there.... Arrivaderci, Barilla!