Friday Feminist Fuck You: Barilla pasta

Barilla pastaFuck you, pasta.

Guido Barilla, the chairman of (you guessed it) Barilla pasta, hates the gays. Grub Street writes:

[Barilla] went on a Radio24 program to explain the company’s apparent position against depicting gay couples or families in its advertisements. “I would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect but because we don’t agree with them. Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role,” Guido Barilla said. The executive also told the program’s hosts that “if the gays do not agree, they can always eat pasta from another manufacturer,” which prompted a swift boycott from advocacy group Equality Italia.

The world’s largest pasta manufacturer later “apologized,” explaining Mr. Barilla has nothing but “the utmost respect for homosexuals.”

Dig yourself deeper, pasta.

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/myavasavalot/ Ava

    Wow. I bet they feel stupid after that one! #footinmouth

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUwVBE7LxEI

  • http://feministing.com/members/pasithea/ Jessica

    I think we should also take a look at this comment which can be construed as an archaic view of women.

    “Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role”

    Where the woman plays what fundamental role? Being barefoot and pregnant cooking pasta in the kitchen? That sort of fundamental role? Makes you wonder just how bigoted he really is aside from his views on the GLBTQ community.