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  1. GreenEyedLilo
    June 15, 2010

    Last night, I went to a rally for the Ali Forney Center, which is a shelter for LGBT homeless youth. It had been vandalized. The reason most of these kids are homeless is because their parents or grandparents or foster/adoptive parents believed that the kids’ sexual orientation and/or gender identity violated their “core values.” Throwing the kid away outright or making the kid so miserable that s/he felt no choice but to rabbit, of course, was absolutely copacetic with these “core values.” And, of course, there are organizations like the AFA that will work hard to make these kids miserable.

    So McDonald’s in France is accepting of LGBT youth, enough at least to tell them they value their money. But in the USA, McDonald’s President wants to be yet another voice that tells these kids they are unloved and unwanted–because, you know, that’s what his Christian values are all about. The juxtaposition of last night’s rally and reading this today makes me angry almost beyond words.

    I think it’s boycott time. I hate the idea of whipsawing companies between competing advocacy groups, and I don’t want our community to act like the AFA. I would understand if the company found the ad concept a bit too controversial for the USA, and if Thompson’s comments had ended there, I’d see no issue. But I’m tired of people trotting out their “values” as an excuse to marginalize LGBT people, especially our kids.

  2. Lindoro Almaviva
    June 15, 2010

    So it is OK in France because people are open, but let’s keep the gay folk in the back of the bus here in the USA, where they belong, right?

    I wonder how much he would have like those comments made here in the USA while Apartheid was in full swing in South Africa.

  3. Cooner
    June 15, 2010

    What’s the best, most effective way to get contact info for this guy and anyone else along the P.R. food chain to write an email expressing displeasure?

    I actually like McD’s okay as far as fast food goes, and there’s a 24-hour drive-thru down the road I go to quite frequently when working into the wee hours of the morning. If I’m going to boycott someone I’d like them to know why … and definitely get that message to the higher-ups, not the poor schlubs working the fry machine at 2am.

  4. justsearching
    June 15, 2010

    Apparently McDonalds in France doesn’t shy away from being supportive of gay youths. And Thomspon doesn’t shy away from being a Christian. But somehow one of these is acceptable and the other is not.

    I hate the coded language he uses in his answer.

    “I’m a Christian.”= I think homosexuality is morally wrong.

    “There are core values…”= As a global corporation we won’t market to gays directly again.

    “We made mistakes…”= Those damn French should have run their ad by corporate headquarters…

    “We understand the impact one action may make on another part of the world”= and we sure as hell won’t let this happen again.

    “Interestingly enough, there have been no negatives coming out of France.”= Countries where gayness isn’t a big issue? Weird!

  5. Greyfox
    June 15, 2010

    And for that, I’m not going to McDonald’s any time soon.

    And I suggest others to do the same as protest.

  6. Soren456
    June 15, 2010

    For what it’s worth, I haven’t set foot in a McDonalds since Joan Kroc left $1.5 billion (that’s a B) to the Salvation Army. Believe me, it’s not hard to go elsewhere.

  7. jake
    June 15, 2010

    Really, I think this fool’s remark is the least of it. They market disgusting meat products that reek of the agony of the lives of the animals slaughtered to provide the patties. Horrible, horrible. Though I am vegetarian I can see that others might want to eat meat and don’t get all holy about it. But not this kind of meat. Everything they sell is garbage.

  8. Emily K
    June 15, 2010

    I loathed mcd’s years before THIS happened. Animal cruelty and public health reasons ALONE are enough to make me want to stay away.

    So even if they were supportive of gays, I’d still avoid them whenever possible. And like Soren said, it really is not difficult to go somewhere else.

  9. Mark F.
    June 15, 2010

    I have to admit to getting one of those $3 value meals with Chicken Mc Nuggets once in a while.

    Just a question: How many corporations openly market to gays? Some, but not most.

  10. Patrick
    June 15, 2010

    Wait a minute, does he or does he not impose his religious beliefs on others? His religious beliefs are against homosexuality but since he’s not imposing those on others, he’s going to make sure we don’t have commercials with gay people in them? Or did he mean to say he *is* imposing his views on others?

  11. Paul in Canada
    June 16, 2010

    Quite simply, McDonalds USA has greatly misunderstood it’s market. Not surprising when the President/COO is openly declaring that his religion drives his decisions. Time for the owners of shares in McDonalds voice their concerns and oost this baphoon!

  12. dan
    June 16, 2010

    McDonalds doesn’t want to market their happy heart attack meals to a gay audience? Good riddance. I don’t eat there and I’d suggest anyone who wants to live beyond 50 not eat there either. Enjoy your Big Mac, Mr. Thompson. Have one on me.

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