My friend over at The Larsens Live Here alerted me to some disturbing pasta-related news. Apparently CEO Guido Barilla took a little break from churning out his namesake pasta to express his personal feelings of apathetic homophobia with a dash of misogyny to Italian radio. Here are a few highlights:
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.
[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.
Everyone has the right to do what they want without disturbing those around them.
I have no respect for adoption by gay families because this concerns a person who is not able to choose.
Thank you Mr. Barilla! I never thought about it that way. Children of heterosexual families, especially adopted ones, always get to choose who their parents are, and it’s simply unfair that my children didn’t have that opportunity!
Come to think of it, maybe Jewish parents shouldn’t be allowed to adopt. After all, the potential adoptee might opt for a more mainstream Christian existence. Single women shouldn’t adopt either; it’s not fair that the little tykes can’t choose a life of sexism. And why stop there? Black people should be prohibited from adopting non-black children because the child might decide to be a racist.
The world needs more forward-thinking altruists like Mr. Barilla. Since my husband and I are pure evil for helping prohibit the democratic choice of infants to select their parents, for now we’ll have to bide our time by purchasing De Cecco or Ronzoni pasta at the supermarket.