News

Pasta Tycoon Guido Barilla Sparks Boycott With ‘Anti-Gay’ Comments

barilla boycott guido barilla gay comments

Activists are calling for the boycott of Barilla, the world’s largest pasta manufacturing company, after the company’s chairman made anti-gay comments on the radio this week. Reuters reports that speaking on Radio 24 in Italy on Wednesday, 55-year-old Guido Barilla said:

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.

Barilla went on to say that he does not approve of gay couples adopting children but is in support of gay marriage, which is illegal in Italy.

In defense of his comments Barilla said that he was merely emphasizing that women play a central role in the family. He said that if gays “like our pasta and our advertising, they’ll eat our pasta, if they don’t like it then they will not eat it and they will eat another brand.”

Win a $500 Amazon shopping spree

Join Heavy's daily email newsletter to enter to win a $500 Black Friday Shopping Spree on Amazon.
Read the sweepstakes rules here.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 838 other followers