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Sep 16 2013

Perkins: Boycott Betty Crocker

As the religious right flips out about a boycott of the bakery in Oregon that refused to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding, they’re also demanding a boycott of Betty Crocker because they did provide cakes for such weddings in Minnesota.

At Betty Crocker, the only thing they’re mixing up is their priorities. Hello, I’m Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. If you ask conservatives, Betty Crocker’s latest promotion is a recipe for disaster. This summer, the famous dessert line decided to jump on the same-sex marriage bandwagon and bring cakes to celebrate. In Minnesota, where parent company General Mills is headquartered, Betty Crocker decided to donate wedding cakes to the first homosexual couples who exchanged vows on the first day that counterfeit marriage was legal. “Betty celebrates all families…. We don’t want to be old fashioned,” the company explained. Unfortunately for General Mills, the majority of Americans think natural marriage is anything but old fashioned. And they’ve made it tough on companies like Target, Starbucks, and JC Penney who disagree. Know where your money is going. When you’re at the store, think outside the Betty Crocker box!

Remember, when they boycott a company in the name of preventing equality, that’s being Godly and righteous. When others boycott a company in the name of promoting equality, that’s “economic terrorism.”

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    Well, JC Penney isn’t doing to well for reasons having nothing to do with same sex marriage (their CEO was incompetent) but Starbucks and Target seem to be doing OK.

  2. 2
    criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton

    Man these people are acting like children.

  3. 3
    John Pieret

    There’s an ovious difference between the two cases!

    In the case of the Oregon bakery, icky gays were boycotting the baby Jesus and in the other God-fearing, baby Jesus loving people are boycotting people who associate with icky gays. Apples and oranges!

    (I almost said fruits and nuts but thought better of it.)

  4. 4
    imrryr

    Unfortunately for General Mills, the majority of Americans think natural marriage is anything but old fashioned. And they’ve made it tough on companies like Target, Starbucks, and JC Penney who disagree. Know where your money is going. When you’re at the store, think outside the Betty Crocker box!

    Why just Betty Crocker, why not everything produced by General Mills? I’d rather the wingnuts starve themselves to death sooner rather than later.

  5. 5
    Synfandel

    “Natural marriage”?! There is nothing natural about marriage. It’s entirely a human social construct. People living together and having sex is natural, but you can do that without marriage.

  6. 6
    matty1

    the majority of Americans think natural marriage is anything but old fashioned. And they’ve made it tough on companies like Target, Starbucks, and JC Penney who disagree.

    Really? a majority of Americans are boycotting those companies over marriage policy, I don’t suppose you have evidence for that?

    Also natural marriage as opposed to what? Supernatural marriage, artificial marriage? Enquiring minds want to know.

  7. 7
    Mr Ed

    If I was working at a place called the Family Research Council I would be ecstatic about marriage equity, it would give me a whole new area to research. One area of research that does need work is the use of langue in relation to marriage the terms “natural marriage” and “legal counterfeit marriage” seem undefined. It almost seems like words are being used not for their meaning but as short cuts to preconceived ideas, something a real researcher wouldn’t do.

    /I did like the FRC paper published in JAMA last year Improved methods for transport of multiple sub-adults.

  8. 8
    criticaldragon1177

    #7 Mr Ed

    You wrote,
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————
    If I was working at a place called the Family Research Council I would be ecstatic about marriage equity, it would give me a whole new area to research.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Yes, but that assumes among other things, that they do actual research, which they don’t.

  9. 9
    jnorris

    Rightwinger boycotts have never been the same since their failed action against Walt Disney. I wonder what General Mills stock will do today.

  10. 10
    matty1

    People living together and having sex is natural

    Not the way I do it.

  11. 11
    dingojack

    John Pieret (#3) – shouldda gone with your gut, you were right the first time.

    matty1 (#6) – Unnatural marriage. (bwhahahaha)

    Mr Ed (#7) – well, they were going to say sub-humans but they didn’t wanna Godwin themselves in the title.

    ;) Dingo

  12. 12
    tubi

    Yeah, good luck with that, Tony. Just last night, we made two batches of chocolate chip muffins and last week I bought some undershirts and shoes at JCP,

  13. 13
    lorn

    As colnago80 @1 pointed out JCP has had issues but the downturn didn’t seem to be connected to any boycott. On the other hand Target has been steadily rising in stock price until a month ago. If anything Perkins declared a boycott and the stock continued to rise.

    Perkins appears to be playing the part of king Canute trying to hold back the tide by force of his authority. Actually Canute is widely misunderstood as to which tide he was seeking to hold back and to compare Canute to Perkins is insulting to Canute.

    Perkins strikes me more as a overwrought Hitler figure. Like in the Downfall scenes that are so frequently parodied. Perkins, livid and foaming, ordering around imaginary armies of loyal Christians who do his bidding unquestioningly. His imagined mighty host is but a smattering of old ladies and crazy uncles. Even they don’t see Perkins as a Dear Leader figure deserving unquestioning loyalty. His boycotts are a joke.

  14. 14
    chisaihana5219

    Betty Crocker is fictional. There never was a real Betty Crocker, so in essence, to boycott her is to assume she is real. Of course these people assume a lot of fictional stuff is real, including marriage.

  15. 15
    Chiroptera

    …the majority of Americans think natural marriage is anything but old fashioned.

    That is probably true. However, a majority of Americans now (or will in the near future, according to obvious trends) think marriage between two consenting adults who love each other as completely natural.

  16. 16
    John Pieret

    jnorris @ 9

    I wonder what General Mills stock will do today.

    Since Perkins added his support to this boycott on September 9, 2013, General Mills’ stock has trended up slightly:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=GIS

  17. 17
    dingojack

    So basically Perkins works himself up into a spit-flecked rage and orders his imaginary armies of followers to boycott an imaginary old lady in order to defend a legal fiction (all to make an imaginary baby Jesus not cry imaginary tears).
    Nope, nothing at all like mental illness.
    Dingo

  18. 18
    Loqi

    Since the boycott started, I’ve made it a point to buy General Mills instead of the cheaper store brands. An extra fifty cents to piss of the likes of Tony Perkins is money well spent.

    Plus there’s a tiny chance it will inspire a second Cheerios burning mishap. It’s like buying a lottery ticket for amusement.

  19. 19
    exdrone

    In Minnesota, where … General Mills is headquartered

    So the FRC have a problem with the military now? Are they still pissed about the end of DADT?

  20. 20
    sbuh

    So often recently I’ve been upset to find some company whose products I enjoy is engaged in bad behavior that obliges me to stop buying. So it’s nice on the rare occasions when I see a company doing something good.

  21. 21
    dan4

    Uh, the company spokesperson didn’t say or imply that “natural marriage was old fashioned.” Is lying now a component of “researching families” (whatever that really means, anyway)?

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