Some LGBT groups are calling for a boycott of Barilla pasta after chairman Guido Barilla said he would never feature gay families in the company’s advertising.
“Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role,” Barilla said in an interview with Italian station Radio 24 on Wednesday.
The company later apologized via social media [above], while Barilla said he was sorry “if my words generated misunderstandings or controversy or if they hurt some people’s feelings.”
"If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company."
— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at the company’s annual meeting defending its support of same-sex marriage to a shareholder who questioned the company’s value after taking its stand. Last year, Starbucks endorsed Washington state’s gay marriage legislation, which led to the National Organization for Marriage launching a campaign called Dump Starbucks that urged consumers to boycott the coffee giant.
"We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural. […] As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans."
— The Presidential Inaugural Committee rejects Pastor Giglio’s anti-gay views in a statement.