Chances are you've had Barilla pasta at some point, but that may change after you hear what their chairman, Guido Barilla, has to say about gay people. It seems as if gay people are relevant enough to give them business, but not be in their ads.
During an interview, he recently explained, "We will not be advertising with homosexuals, because we like the traditional family. If the gays do not agree, they can always eat pasta from another manufacturer. Everyone is free to do whatever they want provided it does not annoy others."
He's now doing a bit of backtracking. After the pasta hit the fan, he stated, "With reference to statements made yesterday, I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they have hurt the sensibilities of some people. In the interview I simply wanted to highlight the central role of the woman in the family."
Oh...okay. That makes sense now (It doesn't). I've known some men who are incredible cooks, often whip up excellent meals, and they aren't gay yet they have a central role in their family. I also know some lesbian women who cook just as well, and they have a central role as a woman in their family.
Not surprisingly, there's now protests of Barilla products.
Does Guido Barilla's statements bother you enough to protest Barilla products or could you care less?