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Pasta exec apologizes for remarks on gays

There are 24 comments on the KSDK NewsChannel 5 story from Sep 30, 2013, titled Pasta exec apologizes for remarks on gays. In it, KSDK NewsChannel 5 reports that:

Bowing to continuing criticism of his controversial remarks about gays, Guido Barilla has pledged to meet with groups "that best represent the evolution of the family, including those who have been offended by my words."

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“Equality marches on! ”

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#1 Sep 30, 2013
Too late for damage control.
Pierre

Paris, France

#2 Sep 30, 2013
NE Jade wrote:
Too late for damage control.
I can smell your diaper from here!

“Equality marches on! ”

Since: Apr 08

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#3 Sep 30, 2013
Let me guess, you posted about fishing over at the Gay Cafe?
Bernard

United States

#4 Sep 30, 2013
NE Jade wrote:
Let me guess, you posted about fishing over at the Gay Cafe?
if you don't come back to the cafť I'll buy you one of those fruity drinks with an umbrella in it!!!

Since: Jan 10

Westerville, OH

#5 Sep 30, 2013
Itís amazing how quickly greed trumps convictions. Itís too late for his insincere and insulting atonement. Perhaps haters will get a clue from this poor saps missteps. Educate yourselves before you open your mouths or get used to being slapped down to reality.
Rudy

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#6 Sep 30, 2013
I just bought a bunch of Barilla spaghetti and am cooking a big pot right now!

I love Barilla pasta!

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#7 Sep 30, 2013
Ronzoni sono buoni !:)

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#8 Sep 30, 2013
Now they do the right thing. Was this just some kind of publicity stunt?

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#9 Sep 30, 2013
Rudy wrote:
I just bought a bunch of Barilla spaghetti and am cooking a big pot right now!
I love Barilla pasta!
Hey, moron, why not try reading the article before you fart out your ignorant response next time. He APOLOGIZED for his homophobic remarks. He's backtracking to APPEASE gays.

The article went on that maybe he might start producing ads with gay families in them. What are you going to do with your bunch of Barilla pasta THEN, little lying coward? I hope you choke on it.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#10 Oct 1, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
Now they do the right thing. Was this just some kind of publicity stunt?
I'm reserving opinion still. I believe that we DO have to give people credit for learning from their mistakes. Just because he said something stupid and is dealing with the backlash from it, doesn't mean that he's not also learning and having his mind opened a bit.

If we continue to bash and yell at him when he's responding in a positive manner, I think we do ourselves a disservice. Maybe he'll learn. Maybe he's realized that more than just GLBT people are offended by his comments--we all have friends and family that aren't GLBT that love us, too.

All day said, I'll wait to see the outcome before I decide if I think he's being genuine or not. If nothing else, his contrite attitude and realization that he screwed up big-time will likely make other heads of industry think twice before tossing us aside.

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#11 Oct 1, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I'm reserving opinion still. I believe that we DO have to give people credit for learning from their mistakes. Just because he said something stupid and is dealing with the backlash from it, doesn't mean that he's not also learning and having his mind opened a bit.
If we continue to bash and yell at him when he's responding in a positive manner, I think we do ourselves a disservice. Maybe he'll learn. Maybe he's realized that more than just GLBT people are offended by his comments--we all have friends and family that aren't GLBT that love us, too.
All day said, I'll wait to see the outcome before I decide if I think he's being genuine or not. If nothing else, his contrite attitude and realization that he screwed up big-time will likely make other heads of industry think twice before tossing us aside.
They can't afford to lose customers. Most people have family members and friends who are gay and lesbian. Therefore they lose more than gay and lesbian customers. OTOH, they get name recognition without paying for it.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#12 Oct 1, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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They can't afford to lose customers. Most people have family members and friends who are gay and lesbian. Therefore they lose more than gay and lesbian customers. OTOH, they get name recognition without paying for it.
I really do believe, based on the flippant manner he made the comments (I understand Italian pretty well and listened to the original interview), I really believe he was thinking that *only* gay people would be offended by his comments and that such a teeny, tiny, infinitesimally small portion of the population and go fvck themselves if they don't like his attitude.

I think he's truly astonished at the numbers of people that are expressing their outrage. It's absolutely NOT just the GLBT community that's expressing outrage. We've all got non-GLBT friends and family that love us and outnumber us exponentially. In fact, most of the outrage I've seen on Facebook have been from straight allies.

I think he's truly being forced to rethink his position. I also think that his fellow industry leaders are watching, which might be the very best outcome of all--more companies offering up gay-friendly and family-inclusive policies and advertising without having to be lead to it kicking and screaming.

I think this will end up being a good thing.
Gremlin

Louisville, KY

#13 Oct 1, 2013
NE Jade wrote:
Too late for damage control.
Barilla has singlehandedly increased the profits of the other Pasta makers. LOL!

Since: Aug 11

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#14 Oct 1, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I really do believe, based on the flippant manner he made the comments (I understand Italian pretty well and listened to the original interview), I really believe he was thinking that *only* gay people would be offended by his comments and that such a teeny, tiny, infinitesimally small portion of the population and go fvck themselves if they don't like his attitude.
I think he's truly astonished at the numbers of people that are expressing their outrage. It's absolutely NOT just the GLBT community that's expressing outrage. We've all got non-GLBT friends and family that love us and outnumber us exponentially. In fact, most of the outrage I've seen on Facebook have been from straight allies.
I think he's truly being forced to rethink his position. I also think that his fellow industry leaders are watching, which might be the very best outcome of all--more companies offering up gay-friendly and family-inclusive policies and advertising without having to be lead to it kicking and screaming.
I think this will end up being a good thing.
Absolutely.

Since: Jun 11

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#16 Oct 1, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I'm reserving opinion still. I believe that we DO have to give people credit for learning from their mistakes. Just because he said something stupid and is dealing with the backlash from it, doesn't mean that he's not also learning and having his mind opened a bit.
If we continue to bash and yell at him when he's responding in a positive manner, I think we do ourselves a disservice. Maybe he'll learn. Maybe he's realized that more than just GLBT people are offended by his comments--we all have friends and family that aren't GLBT that love us, too.
All day said, I'll wait to see the outcome before I decide if I think he's being genuine or not. If nothing else, his contrite attitude and realization that he screwed up big-time will likely make other heads of industry think twice before tossing us aside.
Well said, and I agree 100%.
People can and do change, though growth is often painfull. Hopefully, he will examine his prejudice and overcome it.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#17 Oct 1, 2013
eJohn wrote:
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I'm reserving opinion still. I believe that we DO have to give people credit for learning from their mistakes.
He made no mistake. If you want to appeal to mainstream America you don't put gay couples in your commercials. If you want to market to 6% or 8% of America then make your ads gay. Ellen did less than nothing for JCP.

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#18 Oct 1, 2013
Wondering wrote:
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He made no mistake. If you want to appeal to mainstream America you don't put gay couples in your commercials. If you want to market to 6% or 8% of America then make your ads gay. Ellen did less than nothing for JCP.
Most mainstream Americans could care less.

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#19 Oct 1, 2013
Gremlin wrote:
<quoted text>Barilla has singlehandedly increased the profits of the other Pasta makers. LOL!
Yup. We don't care for that brand anyway. We tried it about 6 months ago, went back to American Beauty brands.
wONDERING

Tyngsboro, MA

#20 Oct 1, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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Most mainstream Americans could care less.
That must be why these companies spend millions advertising.
There isn't a day that passes when someone isn't trying to sell you something.

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#21 Oct 1, 2013
wONDERING wrote:
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That must be why these companies spend millions advertising.
There isn't a day that passes when someone isn't trying to sell you something.
So true, so true indeed.

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