This is a little bit late, but none the less…
On the 25th of September, the president of Barilla pasta decided on an Italian radio show that he was going to express his view/dislike of same sex couples. His company took the brunt of his blatant disregard for equality, as it took a major backlash from the LGBT community. The comment that he made was that Barilla pasta would never feature same-sex couples in the company’s commercials, this was because he prefers traditional family.
Guido Barilla never actually retracted his statement, that he made, instead he counted the outrage with, “I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they hurt some one’s sensitivity. I have the utmost respect for anyone, without distinction of any kind. I have the utmost respect for gay people and for every one’s right to express themselves. I’ve also said – and I would like to reiterate – that I respect gay marriages. In its advertising, Barilla represents the family – because it welcomes everyone.” Keep in mind that this was the company issuing the statement, not the individual who expressed his opinion as his companies’ opinion.
His comments could be easily stated as ignorant, but this is a clear indication that we still have a ways to go. People in this world are still holding onto the fact that they don’t believe that everyone is equal. It is sad to see that this will probably be the case for awhile, if not forever. As you still see discrimination based upon race and religion, which has happened for hundreds of years. Hopefully in the coming years the mindset of the the world and not just certain factions of people will come to the realization that everyone should be created equal.