Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Barilla Megillah
Guido Barilla, "chairman of Barilla Group says his company will not feature gay families in advertisements for his products because he likes the 'traditional' family," Huffington Post reported today. "If someone disagrees, well, they can go eat another brand of pasta." Well, Guido, you can go eat my penne in that event.
The LGBT community is throwing down the gauntlet -- along with their plates of pasta. Activists are calling for a boycott of the Barilla brand that, in my opinion, is just so-so anyhow, though their bottled sauces taste God-awful! (70 calories per serving, 450 mg of salt, 6 g of sugar, 0 vitamins or minerals even with mushrooms or peppers added. How is that even possible??! They're tomato-based sauces!)
So, say farewell to farfalle, ciao to vermicelli, ta-ta tortiglioni, addio macaroni and arrivederci ziti if the brand is Barilla. As if gay people don't have enough on their boycott plates already, what with giving up Russian vodka and caviar over the Russian Olympics. Mama mia! Why, it's positively starting to feel like Lent at my place, dahlings!
Guido Gorilla -- ahem, I meant Barilla! -- was quoted by HuffPost as saying, "Our family is a traditional family. If gays like our pasta... they will eat our pasta; if they don’t like that, they will eat someone else’s pasta." In other words, "Let them eat Ronzoni!"
And so we shall. Va fungul, Barilla!