Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Gays Spearhead Ford Boycott

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

A right wing Christian group conspired with Ford's executives to cut off all advertising and support of the gay community. After Ford boasted about this, the liberal community struck back, spearheaded by Americablog. The last thing Ford needs is to alienate Ford customers like myself.

From Americablog:
Lie number one is in Ford's recent open letter to its gay and lesbian employee group. It's Ford's description of what the extremist anti-gay hate group was upset about:
"The boycott, the purpose of which was to protest certain Ford marketing activities aimed at the gay and lesbian community, was announced in May and temporarily suspended in June."
In fact, while Ford would have you believe the American Family Association was simply complaining about some ads, in fact the AFA was protesting what it called Ford's support of "gay marriage."
Americablog goes on to detail all the lies, all the evasions, all the negative feedback Ford has resorted to in its attempts at pleasing a bunch of right wing lunatics. Microsoft did this too, withdrawing support for a gay right's bill in Washington. This is one of many reasons why I avoid Microsoft as much as possible.

As the boycott from the liberal side, outraged at Ford's pandering, the Washington Post finally notices something is happening. One would hope Ford stock owners would not sit up and take notice, this is developing into a serious problem, I, for example, own a Ford tractor and a 350 diesel truck. I am very annoyed with them. My side of the boycott can be very serious when I replace the truck in another year!

From the WP:

Ford Motor Co. said it will stop running ads for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in the gay press, helping to avoid a confrontation with conservative Christians but setting up a fight with gays and lesbians.

The American Family Association, a conservative religious group, launched a boycott of Ford this year for extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples and giving "thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups and their agenda," the group said in written statement. The group criticized Ford for supporting gay commitment ceremonies and gay pride parades.

Ford spokesman Mike Moran said the move to stop advertising Jaguars and Land Rovers in gay publications such as the Advocate was based on a decision to streamline marketing budgets. Moran would not say what other magazine categories might be affected, citing competitive reasons.
Moron Moran thinks he fools us? Har.
"Ford Motor Co. has a big public relations mess on its hands that it needs to clean up in short order," Solmonese said. He said his group is galvanizing its 600,000 members to protest Ford's advertising decision with letters and e-mails.

"Ford has been a friend to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender consumers and employees in the past," the group said in an e-mailed "Action Alert." "E-mail Ford today -- ask them to reject the American Family Association's assertions . . . and reaffirm their support for fairness."

Late yesterday Ford noted in a written statement that it would not change its employment policies: "Ford's commitment to diversity as an employer and corporate citizen remains unchanged. Any suggestion to the contrary is just plain wrong."
If this were so, they would have never met with the right wingers nor issued statements agreeing with the right wingers. But they did and they can't undo this by lying about doing it. This modus operandi of all such people is most annoying. Denying the obvious is nearly impossible today, thanks to bloggers and the internet. We are not nearly so easily appeased as the press simply because we don't accept advertising that much, the less, the better. My blog has zero advertising so I can tell the truth about the economy, for example.

Ford better figure this out before they go bankrupt. They should have told the right wingers, "We want all customers. If one group of customers hate other customers, we can't do anything about this. We take no sides." Right wing Christians want to destroy the holiday season, they want to beggar sales, kill entertainment, destroy cities, all because they hate guys who hang out with each other like Jesus and his 12 buddies who slept together, traveled together, ate together and basically were pretty gay.

Insane, isn't it? Hold corporation's feet to the fire! Don't let them screw us! On any level.

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