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AFA Boycotts Pepsi

Jim Burroway

January 8th, 2009

Remember when we asked whether the American Family Association was gearing up for a Pepsi boycott? Well, game on.

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Timothy Kincaid
January 8th, 2009 | LINK

To paraphrase one past member of the Pepsi Board of Directors,

Don’t mess with me, AFA. This ain’t my first time at the rodeo.

Lindoro
January 8th, 2009 | LINK

Well, they are calling on all their supporters to call Pepsi…

Let’s have a calling campaign of out own:

To call Pepsi and show thank them for their support support call:
1-800-433-2652

To call the AFA (and believe me, we should all call and bother them just as much as they are bothering Pepsi. They should get a taste of their medicine):
1-662-844-5036

Let’s work the phone guys!

lurker
January 8th, 2009 | LINK

From the boycott news relase: “Plus, every homosexual organization we know of is overwhelmingly pro-abortion.”

Is that true?

I don’t know why queer rights groups would really have any postion at all on abortion (after all, gay women are probably a really, really, really small minority of women seeking abortions).

Individual *people* who support equality for gay people are generally progressive . . . and progressive people often support the idea that there are times when women’s rights to control their health and well-being trump all else. But this is probably not a universial agreement among people interested in gay rights, and it doesn’t seem that queer-rights organizations would take a position.

Laura
January 8th, 2009 | LINK

I love this comment on the AFA site:
“The $1,000,000 was to be used to help promote homosexuality in the workplace.”

While this is a complete distortion of the truth, it also sounds like a win-win situation for us. Pepsi is not only giving money to HRC and PFLAG, they are “promoting homosexuality”. Do they have a big gay disco ball in the lobby?

KZ
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

I prefer Coke products over Pepsi. However, when it comes to idiotic boycotts from the AFA, I am more than willing to change my preference. Reverend Wildmon, I hope your boycott is ‘successful’ as most of your preceeding ones.

Alex
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

The AFA thinks all gay organizations are “overwhelmingly” pro-abortion? Let’s compare the number of straight couples who abort unwanted pregnancies to the number of gay couples who “accidentally” adopt a baby! God, these people are obnoxious.

It’s too bad every food and drink company doesn’t support gay rights. If the AFA boycotted all of them, maybe they’d be too delirious from hunger to raise their idiotic complaints! :-P

Duncan
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

I would like to know at what title the company is making these donations. Are they private donations from individual managers, or from the company itself? A publicly owned corporation should not make donations to any cause or organisation if it does not bear directly on its commercial activity.

Bobs Friend
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

You can also email Pepsico. Their site doesn’t give a central email address, but they do have links you can use to contact Pepsi and the other divisions.

http://www.pepsico.com/Contacts.aspx

Occono
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

“Plus, every homosexual organization we know of is overwhelmingly pro-abortion.”

You know, I find it interesting they felt the need to throw that ridiculous statement in there. I wonder if it’s a sign that they might be struggling to get support for these boycotts on Equality-supportive businesses unless they throw in Abortion too somehow.

Brady
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

The AFA claimed that Pepsi’s response to them was condescending? I’m really lost as to how it can be read that way at all. The AFA and the truth don’t seem to get along much…

Alex
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

Why does the AFA’s letter to Pepsi say that PFLAG seeks to redefine marriage and family? I thought they tried to help parents cope with having a gay or lesbian child, not to lobby for pro-gay legislation. But then again, I’d be very surprised to learn that a single member of AFA has even been to a PFLAG meeting.

Keith
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

I have never really liked McDonald’s food, tend to prefer Coke to Pepsi and walk most everywhere. But now, I’m thinking it would be nice to buy a Ford and drive to McDonald’s for a Pepsi.

The AFA and similar groups often reference the Gay Agenda. Where did they get their copies? I want one. I must have missed the meeting in which all gay people got together and created the agenda.

The two most referenced items, by these groups, seem to be the Bible and The Gay Agenda. Well, I have several copies of the Bible. (Need several, for each say something a bit different than the previous printing. – I must keep up to date.) But I feel depressingly left out. I’m a gay man without a copy of the Gay Agenda. If you have one, may I borrow it for a while? Maybe I should request a copy from the AFA or their friends. They seem to be the only ones with an agenda.

cowboy
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

Keith,
Actually, you should have driven your new Ford F-150 to Taco Bell or KFC. They’re part of the PepsiCo conglomerate. Then, stop at Pizza Hut on the way home for dinner.

Though, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut way back on my Mountain Dew energy supplements. (I only drink it for the medicinal caffeine I think I need.)

And, I’m getting to like Campbell soups lately.

And I think I have a Gay Agenda manual somewhere. I got it handed to me one time and it was clipped to a packet of condoms and a tube of lube. Plus, I think, it had a sheet with all the hankie codes. You might check your night-stand next to your bed?

Sacgary
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

Please call Pepsi (1-800-433-2652) and let them know you appreciate their commitment to diversity and for supporting gay charities.

Press “O” and a live person answers. Then pass this on.

I called them yesterday and the lady who answered told me that I was the only positive non hateful comment she had received all day. You could actually HEAR her face light up and FEEL her smile over the phone!

Make her day again! Call them now!

Emily K
January 9th, 2009 | LINK

Ugh, it’s too bad that NONE of the companies being boycotted are actually companies I enjoy patronizing. McDonalds is evil – watch super size me (their fries take more than 2 months to naturally decompose!) or read fast food nation – pepsi manufactures crap (plus I prefer coke anyway), and Ford is a crappy American car company that should’ve shrunk its business FAR faster than it did between 1950 and 2008.

I’d rather ride a bike, eat at Wholefoods, and drink an Izze.

But I think calling Pepsi sounds like a good idea, so i think I’ll do that.

Jason D
January 11th, 2009 | LINK

Emily, while the food is good, most of us can’t afford to eat at WholePaycheck.
McDonald’s, while evil, did help set standards for the fast food industry(things were WAY worse), and they do have some healthier choices on their menu these days. Plus I know two people who payed their way through college with scholarships from being McDonald’s employees.

Emily K
January 11th, 2009 | LINK

OK, how about this.

I’d rather bike to the Vietnamese Market to buy cheap produce and Pocky, then the Mexican Corner Store where they sell coca-cola in glass bottles made from actual sugar (it’s imported from Mexico).

I also cannot afford to eat at WholePayCheck. I also can’t really afford to eat at Pathmark, Super Fresh, ACME, Giant, Genuardi’s, or any other grocery store that issues discount cards. Actually, I can’t really afford to eat. My food stamps interview at Philly’s welfare department is in two weeks.

But considering all that McDonald’s encouraged and influenced to give us the horrific agricultural (‘scuse me, agriBUSINESSal) entities we have in America, and considering all they’ve done to quash ordinary concerned working folk, I would still think a thousand times about eating there, no matter how good they are to the gays.

Rupert Murdoch could start personally funding “The Advocate” and I wouldn’t patronize his businesses.

Yep! It’s soup for lunch, again! at Lesbian Dad
January 16th, 2009 | LINK

[…] How ’bout serve some Pepsi up with that soup?  ’Cause the AFA is after them, too, for being kind to […]

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