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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

Soulskill posted about 7 months ago | from the don't-poke-the-internet-with-a-stick dept.

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ifchairscouldtalk writes "Pasta maker Barilla is in hot water over its chairman's anti-gay comments. Guido Barilla said his brand would 'never feature gays in ads' because Barilla does not agree with them. He added, '[if gay people] like our pasta and our advertising, they'll eat our pasta, if they don't like it then they will not eat it and they will eat another brand.' Vehement protest worldwide calling for a boycott of Barilla products via Twitter and Facebook forced the chairman to apologize with a video on Facebook."

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Facebook? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 7 months ago | (#44979007)

Stay away!

Re:Facebook? (3, Insightful)

game kid (805301) | about 7 months ago | (#44979271)

Seriously, Slashdot should continue adding "(PDF warning)" to PDF links, and add "(Facebook warning)" in the same fashion to fb links.

Re:Facebook? (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about 7 months ago | (#44979495)

Seriously, Slashdot should... add "(Facebook warning)" in the same fashion to fb links.

Your browser doesn't show the URL of a link you hover over?

Re:Facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979451)

You realize that was the "tech angle" that allowed this story to be featured on Slashdot.

Re:Facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979637)

"You realize that was the "tech angle" that allowed this story to be featured on Slashdot."

News for Pastafarians, stuff that matters for people living in their mother's basement, noodles!

It figures! (5, Funny)

Jay Vollmer (2882139) | about 7 months ago | (#44979039)

Pasta-maker CEO in hot water? Is his name Al Dente?

Re:It figures! (1)

TheloniousCoward (2941425) | about 7 months ago | (#44979355)

There's a lesson here: if you're a CEO, your customers are your partners, so don't make saucy remarks about them. Otherwise, you'll have to man-up, put your money where your mouth is, and eat your words if you want to continue making a lot of dough.

FFS (4, Insightful)

geek (5680) | about 7 months ago | (#44979053)

The guy is entitled to his opinion and to run the company as he wishes. If you don't like it don't buy it. Enough with the stupid fucking boycotts that are nothing but attempts at silencing free speech.

And wtf does a pasta makers stance on gays have to do with slashdot anyway? Can we stop pushing an agenda yet?

Re:FFS (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979081)

Choosing where I spend my money is violating someone else's free speech? What the fuck, dude?!?

Re:FFS (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979377)

Certainly it's not respecting that right. I think if your employer stopped paying you because you promoted homosexuality you'd be lisping a different tune.

Re: FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979397)

Nobody is obliged to buy his pasta. Unlike your boss, who must pay you for your work, done for him.

Re: FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979461)

"... lisping"?

Are you in 4th grade?

Re: FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979647)

He coding an extension to Emacs.

Re: FFS (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979089)

If he is allowed to run he company as he wishes, he should be prepared to deal with the backlash when spouting out such homophobic responses. If you are the chairman of a company you must keep in mind your public image because you are not just representing yourself when you speak out like this. Especially, if you are talking about your companies products.

Re: FFS (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979227)

How is disagreeing with someone a sign of fear (phobia)?

Re: FFS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979295)

How is finding the acts of buggery, scat (eating other people's SHIT), torturing each other ('sado-masochism'), and dying of AIDS, disgusting, a 'phobia' either.

Re: FFS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979315)

Straight people do all those things too.

Re: FFS (1)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | about 7 months ago | (#44979609)

How is disagreeing with someone a sign of fear (phobia)?

Because a phobia is a mental disorder, and people like to take the easy way out of an argument by claiming that their opponent is wrong because "their brain is broken." It's easier than rational debate.

Re:FFS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979105)

And wtf does a pasta makers stance on gays have to do with slashdot anyway? Can we stop pushing an agenda yet?

It's the new Slashdot. It came out of the closet. You saw the post on Martha Stewart, no?

Re:FFS (4, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about 7 months ago | (#44979111)

so you agree with if you don't like it don't buy it but disagree with boycotts? what the fuck?

though I'm more worried why the fuck someone is even listening what the fuck some pasta maker guy says. all their adverts are basically the same anyways, some family making food or just macro shots of spaghetti. if they changed to a gay couple fencing with spaghettis.. it might be brilliant marketing.

but also why the fuck is this on slashdot...

Re:FFS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979153)

This, just like the White reactions to the "racism" of Speedy Gonzalez and the Washington Redskins, is nothing but bullshit is all organized by faggots and other limousine liberals from San Francisco. Chances are they never interact with lower and middle-class minorities unless they accidentally drive into the wrong neighborhoods, and even then they never lower their windows or unlock their doors. Faggots are funny. Everytime there's a faggot in a movie or T.V. show he serves as comic relief because he listens to Liza Minelli and knows about shoes and handbags and shit. You know this. I know this. Guido Barilla knows this. And that's not the kind of humor he's shooting for in his commercials. Which is kinda ironic, because the Guido is a similar stereotype. In fact, Guidos are a lot like the gays, except without the homosexuality.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:FFS (1)

bmo (77928) | about 7 months ago | (#44979197)

Guidos are a lot like the gays, except without the homosexuality.

Coffee fucking everywhere.

I'm using this.

--
BMO

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979595)

We need to organize an 'Occupy Slashdot' protest for you to get your account back. How is it that you get locked out and the spammers get a free pass? Spamming and shilling is many times more offensive than anything you ever posted.

C'mon Slashdotters! Let's help this guy out! Attica! Attica! Attica!

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979259)

but also why the fuck is this on slashdot...

I was wondering the same thing about you, fuck face.

Re:FFS (3, Insightful)

Tom (822) | about 7 months ago | (#44979291)

but also why the fuck is this on slashdot...

Because it's on these new cool social networks that only geeks know about and ... uh, what? It's not 2005 anymore? Really?

Ok, I have no idea. Slow news day? Some editor found it funny? Misclick? Cat video scared the editors in hitting "accept" on three random submissions? Wrong moon phase?

Re:FFS (5, Insightful)

wjcofkc (964165) | about 7 months ago | (#44979401)

but also why the fuck is this on slashdot...

Because an equal amount of the nerd community relative to the rest of society is gay. That makes this news that matters to many nerds. But truly that is not quite enough to justify this being on slashdot. This is also an example of technology pushing social change further than it has ever been able to go by itself. So we have: 1. nerds 2. news that matters very much to many nerds 3. a news story that matters to a lot of nerds that is firmly based in technology as an example of how it is rapidly reshaping society.

That's why it's on slashdot, it fits the bill.

Re:FFS (5, Insightful)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about 7 months ago | (#44979125)

If you don't like it don't buy it. Enough with the stupid fucking boycotts that are nothing but attempts at silencing free speech.

You're not making any sense. A boycott is nothing but a large group of people saying "we don't like it, so we're not buying it." Boycotts (and buycotts [wikipedia.org] ) are an exercise in free speech and free markets. It is antiboycott laws (such as the blatantly unconstitutional one the U.S. has to squash criticism of Israel [doc.gov] ) that are attempts at silencing free speech.

Re:FFS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979249)

The point of the gay mafia's reaction to this sort of thing is not to curtail the target's business, something which will never work since very few people buy things based on politics and even fewer do so in support of the gay agenda. The point is to publicly bully the target into recanting and engaging in some public act or statement of contrition so this really is an attempt to restrict the public expression of a particular opinion. PCness is thought control through suppression of speech.

Guido Barilla should stick to his guns. Standing up to bullying by gay activists wins more customers than does capitulation, just ask Chik-Fil-A.

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979341)

Yes, the point is to get him to recant, through free speech and market mechanisms. That's how companies and businesses get punished for behavior people disagree with. Activists are truthful about why people should boycott, and individuals then make free choices.

Christians, parents, gun owners, environmentalists, and others all do the same thing. But when gays do it, somehow free speech becomes the "gay mafia"?

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979553)

Funny, 'cuz from what I hear, Chick Fil-A's business got a nice little bump... but is now down from where it was before those remarks, and is staying down.

Re:FFS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979651)

gay mafia

Fuckin' love it! New movie coming out (get it?), The Godfaggot... In Spanish, El Pedorro...

Re:FFS (1)

Jiro (131519) | about 7 months ago | (#44979457)

The antiboycott law is aimed at the boycott of Israel by the Arab League. The Arab League is composed of governments, whi can apply governmental pressure, either by deciding how to use taxpayer-collected money, or directly by not allowing companies to operate within their borders. Companies boycotting Israel as part of this are not exercising in actions of free speech, but of governmentally-coerced speech, and this can only be stopped by government coercion in the opposite direction.

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979655)

Companies boycotting Israel as part of this are not exercising in actions of free speech, but of governmentally-coerced speech, and this can only be stopped by government coercion in the opposite direction.

Does that mean that people who refuse to vote Republicrat are 'governmentally-coerced' and thus should be forced to vote Demican?

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979127)

If it was up to me we would boycott all of Italy over this!

Re:FFS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979441)

And instead of calling it pasta, we're now going to call it Freedom Noodles.

Re:FFS (4, Insightful)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 7 months ago | (#44979133)

He's entitled to his personal opinion. But a CEO is a very public position, and they're being paid to represent not just themselves, but also their company. For as much money as those guys make, you'd think they'd learn to separate their private opinions from their public company representation. The correct way to position this would have been: "I don't like gay people. Marketing hasn't come up with a good commercial to feature gay people, and maybe they never will. But they can still eat our pasta if they want."

Shucks, if someone wanted to pay me five million dollars a year, I'd learn to keep my mouth shut.

Re:FFS (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 7 months ago | (#44979481)

That is almost exactly what he said. If people agree with him, they should buy MORE Barilla pasta sauce.

Re:FFS (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979145)

The story is about the power of social networks, not about a pasta maker's stance on gays.

Re:FFS (5, Insightful)

bmo (77928) | about 7 months ago | (#44979157)

The guy is entitled to his opinion and to run the company as he wishes

The instant you decide one person's money is less than another's, you've become bad at business.

The converse of this is when you decide to give away too many freebies to your "friends" which is also bad business.

I've personally seen businesses go under because of shit like this.

He deserves this and your defense of this is idiotic.

--
BMO

Re:FFS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979431)

The instant you decide one person's money is less than another's, you've become bad at business.

You clearly don't understand business, markets and marketing. You have also distorted the situation.

It is not a case of not accepting the money of customers. Guido (love the name) isn't saying that he will apply a sex behavior test to anyone who tries to buy his pasta and refuse to sell to gays. He is saying that he doesn't support marketing his products using gay imagery. Since the overwhelming majority of his customers are not gay and don't care about not seeing commercials with gay couples, he is not losing customers by not caving in to the demands of gay activists. Furthermore, by running commercials with gay couples, he would risk losing customers who are offended by his company's cooperation with gay activists in their efforts to portray the gay lifestyle as normal.

(# of existing customers potentially offended and lost by gay commercials) >> (# of potential new customers attracted by gay commercials)

(# of existing customers lost by not running gay commercials) << (# of existing customers offended and lost by not running gay commercials)

(# of new customers attracted by not caving to the demands of gay activists) > 0

I've personally seen businesses go under because of shit like this.

You've seen businesses go under because they don't bow down to bullying by gays? I doubt it, unless you know a lot of companies which pitch broadway musical ideas. There simply aren't enough gays to make boycotts effective in any ordinary industry. Boycotts rarely work anyway.

Re:FFS (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979161)

The people pushing the gay agenda are as rabid as any religious group. Be gay if you want. I'm all about personal freedom. Just stop trying to make the rest of the world gay, too. Tolerance != acceptance.

Re: FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979235)

> Tolerance != acceptance

That's kind of how everyone else feels about you.

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979163)

I don't agree with his opinion, but that's fine, because that's all it is, an opinion.

People who attempt to silence this opinion (which does not affect them at all), are no different than the people who are actually trying to take away gay rights.

Re:FFS (4, Insightful)

bmo (77928) | about 7 months ago | (#44979187)

Enough with the stupid fucking boycotts that are nothing but attempts at silencing free speech.

Furthermore, free speech does not mean to be free from criticism.

You are entirely free to say dumb things. Other people are free to say those things are dumb.

--
BMO

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979303)

I exercise my freedom of expression in part by boycotting asshats. What does the GP have against my freedoms?

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979283)

If you don't like it don't buy it.

Yes... That WOULD be the point of a boycott....

Re:FFS (4, Insightful)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 7 months ago | (#44979365)

Enough with the stupid fucking boycotts that are nothing but attempts at silencing free speech.

Boycotts are free speech, genius.

Re: FFS (-1, Flamebait)

ted leaf (2960563) | about 7 months ago | (#44979423)

well said. very soon it will be a hanging offence in the western world if you dare to hint at the fact that your not pro gay. i want to know who the group of powerful folk are that are pushing gay rights so hard ? there has been a huge turn around in the law and supposedly in public opinion in the last 3-4 years, someone very powerful is using their influence. fingers crossed another gay killer discease comes along soon or a revolution/civil war, then we may see how many members of the public realy agree that gays are ok or they may just be some of the first victims, but you can guarentee they will all be hiding behind locked doors in their homes.

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979465)

The guy is entitled to his opinion and to run the company as he wishes. If you don't like it don't buy it. Enough with the stupid fucking boycotts that are nothing but attempts at silencing free speech.

And wtf does a pasta makers stance on gays have to do with slashdot anyway? Can we stop pushing an agenda yet?

Here is a prime reason why I hate the Slashdot moderation system. This was modded as Flamebait even though it is very germaine to the topic under discussion.

Captcha: liberty

Re:FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979611)

This was modded as Flamebait even though it is very germaine to the topic under discussion.

And that's why I modded it "Flamebait" instead of "Troll."

I've always wanted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979073)

...to find a way to boycott the boycotters. "Fine, it's your right to boycott Barilla (or Florida or whatever the cause du jour is) but fuck you, we're all going to boycott YOUR business because of it. That's MY right."

He said homosexual family. Not gays in general. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979085)

There's a difference (but obscuring that difference makes people even more hostile, and that's the goal, right?)

Re:He said homosexual family. Not gays in general. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979277)

You're dealing with computer nerds! Don't you know there are only two sides to every argument?

Maybe if we went to base-3 the world would be a better place for compromise.

Apologies... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979109)

I sent off my little missive to Barilla corporate yesterday.

Sometimes apologies don't mean shit. It's far more important to know what people really believe. And to remember it.

Old people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979117)

While I realize that not every homophobic / racist / anti-"you are not my religion" person is not old, they seem to disproportionately skew that way. Seems a good company/government policy would be that old people not be allowed to speak publicly as representatives of the company/government, no matter how high their rank, without first vetting their proposed comments through some younger folks.

Disclaimer: I am approaching old people status (probably already there by a lot of younger folks estimation).

Re:Old people (4, Interesting)

Nightlight3 (248096) | about 7 months ago | (#44979359)

Each generation is brainwashed into a different Matrix. 'Founding Fathers' and other great men until 1960s would by today's brainwashing be denounced as racist, sexist homophobes. Kids of tomorrow may denounce you as a hateful old polygamophobe, pedophilophobe, zoophilophobe, necrophilophobe, fetishphobe, toesuckingphobe, kleptophobe.... And then you too will wonder, what the heck is wrong with these kids, while they will insist that you vet your public speaking with younger, more enlightened folks before making a fool out of yourself. Having lived in a communist country as it flipped into its exact opposite, then not long after that it flipped back, you wouldn't believe how quickly and how thoroughly the tune in schools and media changes the dominant mythology to its complete opposite. Once you experience it, you can't take any of them very seriously.

Of course, not all Matrices are created equal. Since each Matrix is a computational process, working out yet another provisional solution to the social harmonization puzzle, you can't know which is a good and which a poor solution until some time time has passed and the latest experimental solution had a chance to get tested under variety of conditions. As the old book taught, you will know them by their fruits.

Re:Old people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979537)

As the old book taught, you will know them by their fruits.

... and the new book teaches, "you will know gays by their sharts."

I Love Americans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979137)

business that shows families having dinner in its advertisements says it doesn't want to depict gay families, even though gay families probably make up a tiny percentage of their market: ERMAGERD BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT

own government attacks state that poses no threat leading to the death of a million people, engages in torture, extrajudicial execution, mass spying on its own citizens a.la. KGB/STASI, is the worlds biggest arms dealer, supports dozens of brutal dictators in the Middle East and other places, provides crucial diplomatic and financial aid to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine: ERMAGERD MILEY IS TWERKING!!

Re:I Love Americans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979215)

I think there is probably about five people that are actually upset about his comments. Most of this is media hype because flamebait and sensationalist headlines get people to click on their stories (See Slashdot.org's post on this topic).

He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (-1, Troll)

approachingZero (1365381) | about 7 months ago | (#44979139)

Hell, I don't even like pasta but at least the CEO is normal. Why is it the deviants get to call anyone who doesn't indulge in their deviancy phobic?

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979185)

Why is it the bigots always refer to homosexuality as 'deviancy' and have a terrible obsession with the fucking-based aspects of it? Have they ever had a normal relationship with anyone?

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979307)

homosexuality [...] fucking-based aspects

I don't know what kind of activities you engage in with your partner, but that's pretty much what sexuality means. Ergo, people who have homosexual partners will perform, or desire to perform, homosexual acts. Otherwise, it's no different that having a close friend. So yeah, people should be obsessed with the intercourse and intimacy aspects because that's all of sexuality.

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (-1, Troll)

mcgrew (92797) | about 7 months ago | (#44979571)

Why is it the bigots always refer to homosexuality as 'deviancy' and have a terrible obsession with the fucking-based aspects of it?

Because the fucking-based aspect is the only difference between a gay and a straight, and it is indeed deviant behavior. Personally, I feel sorry for gays.

There is one thing I have against gays - they usurped a perfectly good word and completely changed it's meaning, changing the meanings of hundreds of years of prose and poetry. Take that line in "Deck the Halls": "Don we now our gay apparel" doesn't refer to cross-dressing.

Considering that about 5% of the population is homosexual, "queer" (strange) is a perfectly good description and I don't understand why homosexuals are offended by it.

Calling a group "gay" when half of that group have attempted suicide is not rational. What's so happy and carefree about suicide? Suicide is a terrible thing.

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (2)

Yosho (135835) | about 7 months ago | (#44979301)

Well, you're right that "phobia" isn't really the best term. They're not scared, they're just assholes. "Bigot" might be a better term, but it's not quite as specific as "homophobic" is.

But for that matter, homosexuality isn't really deviancy; you don't have to indulge in it, just don't discriminate against it; and you can call anybody anything you want thanks to free speech.

Not liking pasta, now that's deviancy.

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979343)

But for that matter, homosexuality isn't really deviancy; you don't have to indulge in it, just don't discriminate against it; and you can call anybody anything you want thanks to free speech.

Not liking pasta, now that's deviancy.

But for that matter, cannibalism isn't really deviancy; you don't have to indulge in it, just don't discriminate against it; and you can call anybody anything you want thanks to free speech.

btw... Anything that differs from the norm IS a deviancy!

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (1)

Yosho (135835) | about 7 months ago | (#44979407)

But for that matter, cannibalism isn't really deviancy; you don't have to indulge in it, just don't discriminate against it; and you can call anybody anything you want thanks to free speech.

Except, of course, that homosexuality involves loving relationships between people of the same gender, and cannibalism involves murder, so they're not really comparable at all.

Anything that differs from the norm IS a deviancy!

In a statistical sense this is true, but in a social sense, something is "deviant" if it differs from what society in general considers acceptable. The only people who consider homosexuality unacceptable nowadays (within the USA, at least) are the extreme right-wing, fundamentalist Christians.

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (1)

cdecoro (882384) | about 7 months ago | (#44979653)

Except, of course, that homosexuality involves loving relationships between people of the same gender, and cannibalism involves murder, so they're not really comparable at all.

We're not all murderers, you cannibophobe. All the people that I eat are already dead!

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979501)

So you're comparing cannibalism to homosexuality? Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (2)

mcgrew (92797) | about 7 months ago | (#44979649)

Well, you're right that "phobia" isn't really the best term. They're not scared, they're just assholes.

Wikipedia says "A phobia (from the Greek: ÏÏOEÎÎÏ, Phobos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear") is, when used in the context of clinical psychology, a type of anxiety disorder". Most homophobes aren't afraid of homosexuals, but they are disturbed by them which makes "homophobe" a perfectly fitting description.

Personally, I don't want anyone shoving their sexuality in my face, whether homo or hetero. Your sexuality is none of my fucking business and I don't want to hear about it unless you're a lesbian and I'm hitting on you; I don't want to be offensive and it would be offensive of me to knowingly hit on a lesbian.

"Bigot" might be a better term
Webster's:

Full Definition of BIGOT
: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

"Bigot" is a perfect description.

Re:He just sold a hell of a lot of pasta (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 7 months ago | (#44979663)

well, it could truthfully be called an "abnormality", like my left-handedness. we may get gay marriage in my state, but the banks will still fasten their pens on the right side of the lobby tables

A True Gay Man (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979155)

would make his own pasta from scratch, with organic flour and free range eggs, and not buy it in a box.

Re:A True Gay Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979219)

If you have the time, it's actually really easy.

Though you forgot the drop of water. Makes a big difference.

I'm sorry I was quoted... (1, Troll)

tutufan (2857787) | about 7 months ago | (#44979189)

...and that the Internet exists, and that gay people are not the pariahs they once were, and that I'm not quite rich enough to buy you all off. I will work harder in the future to address these faults. A boycott can only delay the day when I will succeed in doing so. Thank you for paying attention, but please stop.

Why Is This On /. ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979203)

Waste of bandwidth.

DON'T CARE. (0)

beastie456 (2860741) | about 7 months ago | (#44979239)

I don't care about what this guy had to say the first time around. I don't care that he apologized. I don't care about his Pasta, his company, his facebook page or his dog. I don't care.

Fake Aplology is Fake (1)

Atypical Geek (1466627) | about 7 months ago | (#44979247)

As predicted in Slate [slate.com] , Guido Barilla (yes, that's his name) issues meaningless apology. For those counting at home, this is actually the forth one. Now what?

Who knew pasta was so important? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979267)

Who knew the CEO of a pasta company's thoughts were so important? I would like to see a follow up story on his thoughts on the NSA and encryption, the Syria crisis, and perhaps global warming. Maybe Slashdot could solicit questions from the readers and have him respond in follow up post.

What a bunch of brainwashed idiots... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979281)

... you all are...

"homophobic" blah blah blah.

Homosexuality is a mental illness. Homosexuals are many times more likely to be paedophiles than heterosexuals:
Around 30% of the victims of paedophiles are boys
Only ONE PERCENT of men are homosexuals.

Do the maths.

Notice how the 'pro gays' never talk about what gays actually DO to each other.

Did the penis evolve to fit the vagina, and did the vagina evolve to fit the penis?
Did the penis evolve to fit the anus? No.
Did the anus evolve to accommodate a penis? No.
Did the anus evolve as a sexual organ. No.

Do gays rub their penises together? Of course not, because homosexuality is unnatural. Instead they try to mimic heterosexual intercourse (i.e. NORMAL intercourse, as their bodies were designed for) by using each others' anuses instead of vaginas. How disgusting.

If you don't like this company for daring to not go along with the sick JEW world order, then don't buy their products. You WILL lose eventually, because MOST people can't stand homosexuals, especially the ones who ruin other people's lives because we dare to tell you THAT WE DON'T LIKE YOU:

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/bed-and-breakfast-owners-forced-to-sell-hotel-after-harassment-by-gay-activists/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2424983/Christian-B-B-owners-refused-gay-couple-close-business.html

Yep, you gays sure are completely normal and loved by all of society...

Especially when you get people sacked from their jobs for daring to say that they don't think you're normal. What lovely, sane people you must be.

Soon the Jews' tyranny will be over and we will finally get our countries back, only this time there won't be ANY white countries attacking each other 'because the Jew told us to', and every last one of you parasites is going to be exiled to Israel, all 'foreign aid' will be removed, and we'll let the muslims sort you out...

And if you think MOST people think homosexuals are just wonderful, please explain why you NEVER see a pop video for a love song featuring two flaming faggots, and you NEVER see two flaming faggots on Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, etc.etc.

Because MOST people find it vile, that's why. If MOST people thought you were normal, you wouldn't have had to FORCE your 'special rights' onto us, would you.

Re:What a bunch of brainwashed idiots... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979471)

You're calling other people brainwashed? Holy crap.

Convenient aplogies ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979299)

not accepted. You've told us who you really are and how you really feel, Mr. Bigot, uh ... Barilla.

Another One Learns The Lesson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979317)

... of attempting to use reason to engage the irrational mob.

Cashing in on the Chick-fil-A effect (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 7 months ago | (#44979329)

On a lighter note with chick-fil-a profits at an all time high what does this chairman have to fear but fear itself?

Seriously there does seem to be a general lack of respect and tolerance for the opinions of others in the faceb00c twitterverseternet. So someone thinks your god is a loser or orange people are inferior to purple people or those who eat rice with their bare hands are cave dwelling vampires. If someone says or does something you personally don't agree with or you don't like is it really always necessary to turn the megaphone up to 11 and tell the world how wrong and out of touch the other guy is? Respect is a bidirectional affair.

In my view intolerance and lack of respect for the views of others is no different than intolerance of race/religion/sex*/..etc. Intolerance is intolerance.

Re:Cashing in on the Chick-fil-A effect (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 7 months ago | (#44979437)

On a lighter note with chick-fil-a profits at an all time high what does this chairman have to fear but fear itself?

Apples to oranges. Dry pasta is pretty much indistinguishable between brands when cooked. Chik-fil-a has pretty much no competitor in the South in regards to their core product (you can tell a difference between a chikfila sandwich and its equivalent from, say McDonalds). There is much more loyalty to brands in the fast food industry than there is in pasta. There is also the fact that a CEOs personal belief really doesn't matter all that much. People have other overriding concerns: for example I have no problem with gays or gay marriage, but I like chikfila so I buy it (not too often though as I try to stay away from fast food) and if I need pasta and it is on sale, I will probably buy Barilla if it is cheapest. I don't care what the CEOs think about gay marriage, or their preference regarding boxers or briefs or hell, even women's underwear, who am I to judge? Because none of that really matters.

Re:Cashing in on the Chick-fil-A effect (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 7 months ago | (#44979513)

Exactly this. Since Chik-Fil-A is doing just fine, maybe Barilla should ignore the extremely vocal minority and see what the majority does with their purchasing power...

Re:Cashing in on the Chick-fil-A effect (1)

Minupla (62455) | about 7 months ago | (#44979621)

There is a danger in this -

I do the grocery shopping for our house. Pasta is a "which is cheapest" decision.

Typically it's a dime or so difference and about 2 seconds of decision making process. Sometimes I go for the cheapest, sometimes I step up a level, depending largely on my gut reaction that day. Typically "up a level" is Barilla. Now if I buy Barilla I'm supporting someone whose views I don't agree with, so it's more likely I'll save the 20 cents and go no-name.

Min

Re:Cashing in on the Chick-fil-A effect (1)

fermion (181285) | about 7 months ago | (#44979577)

To start, chick fil a has an excellent market niche and excellent advertising. It sells very cheap junk food, albeit above average quality junk food, at reletively high prices enabling it keep it's niche and advertising. In fact the"chicken" sandwich is from a nutritional point of view much better than at most other junk food restaurants.

This is very different from a pasta manufacturer, as most americans simply see pasta as cheap commodity product. Which chickfila there are few other options in the category. With pasta a consumer has to make a conscious decision to pay more. While chickfila is often see as a healthier choice, one pasts has nothing over another in most Americans value system.

As far as respecting others beliefs, I think there are two issues here. One is that one can respect and still debate. For instance, on the current topic, there is a question of gay marriage. In response to this one might quip that those who voted for Ronald Reagan put the first mistress in the white house, the couple married by a radical church that continues to ignore social convention by facilitating gay marriages. If the public has no issues with mistresses destroying marriage, then why pick on gay people. I think this is respecting beliefs, but still facilitating debate.

Likewise one might wonder why those opposed to the islamic center near the 9/11 ground zero did not also demand that the christian churches around the atlanta Olympic bombing site did not move or at least put up a monument accepting group responsibility for the terrorist attack. In both these cases, one group wants to impose thier will on another, and then claims that their own beliefs are not being respected when the subject is debated.

he second issue is just a more extreme case of the first. When I was a kid, roving gangs would travel my neighborhood telling us we were going to hell it we did not believe as they did. Now, we were a nice lower middle class neighborhood, where kids all went to school, some to very good schools, parents put in long days working, some mothers stayed home, some did not, many has college degrees. The upshot was that no nearly everyone was living what would be considered an ethical life. So why would these gangs want to come to our homes, disrespect our beliefs, insult us, and expect anything else than malice?

Which is what so many people miss. One can't just state any view and expect it to stand. Some views, such that it is ok to define a person by extrinsic behavior, is harmful. This is the same philosophy that some Christians have, in that non christian behavior is harmful. Some discussion on the subject is less harmful.

Where can I buy their products in US ? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979335)

I want to support someone normal.

That's Free speech for us, not you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979353)

As well as sanctimonius rightousness, Mr. Barilla was also introduced to the shrill voice of America's ignorance.

A competitor's reply (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979371)

I see San Remo have come forth with their response [imgur.com] . ^_^

Yes, this is all business. Just because it's business doesn't mean it's somehow isolated from the real world, and the need to behave in a respectful manner.

Publicity stunt? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about 7 months ago | (#44979645)

Am I the only one cynical enough to see this as a publicity stunt to get his product's name some free press?

Step 1: make an inane statement that deeply offends some group, guaranteeing press coverage.

Step 2: make a "heartfelt" apology for those that were offended by his words.

Step 3: draw it out for a few more weeks by meeting representatives of the groups he offended, and probably make some large corporate donations to said groups.

Step 4: profit (?)

Wrong (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#44979657)

Barilla was wrong to back down. Slashdot was wrong to post this gay garbage here on a tech site.

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