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Jul 03 2014

Fischer Predicts Backlash Against Pro-Equality Companies

As the cultural tide turns steadily toward equality for LGBT Americans, more and more companies are showing themselves to be gay friendly in their advertisements. Bryan Fischer is just sure this is going to cause a huge backlash against them…annnnnny minute now.

Groups such as One Million Moms, however, have reacted negatively to LGBT-inclusive ads. The activist organization recently pushed supporters to protest against Hotwire and Nabisco’s Honey Maid and Teddy Grahams because of commercials that it said is an “attempt to normalize sin.”

The American people “will put up with a lot of garbage before they react,” said Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the nonprofit American Family Association, which maintains OneMillionMoms.com. But advertisers are tempting people’s patience and generosity, he said.

“I think eventually this LGBT advertising push is gonna trigger a blowback from ordinary Americans,” Fischer said. “I think that ordinary Americans are getting fed up with having the homosexual agenda shoved down their throats when they’re watching TV with their families. … What American families are gonna begin to react to is that they are recognizing that this is no longer about advertising a product. This is about propaganda for a sexually deviant lifestyle.”

Yeah, those “one million moms” — more like a few thousand moms — sure did real damage to those companies they’ve targeted for boycott, haven’t they? One of the forms of hubris found most commonly on the Christian right is their absolute confidence that they’re in the majority, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary. Sorry Bryan, but the overwhelming majority of Americans now support equality for gay people. You lost. And we’re laughing at you.

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  1. 1
    d.c.wilson

    The One Million Couple of Thousand Moms are still smarting from the beat down they took from a comic book character a few years ago.

  2. 2
    Marcus Ranum

    The American people “will put up with a lot of garbage before they react,” said Bryan Fischer

    Admittedly, he ought to know.

  3. 3
    RickR

    The American people “will put up with a lot of garbage before they react,” said Bryan Fischer

    Actually, I think he’s dead right. He’s just completely wrong about the specific garbage they will “react” to.

  4. 4
    Moggie

    I’d like to challenge him to go a month without mentioning the throat thing.

  5. 5
    Al Dente

    I think that ordinary Americans are getting fed up with having the homosexual agenda shoved down their throats

    I’m getting fed up with the homophobic agenda being shoved down my throat by know-nothing bigots like Fischer.

  6. 6
    John Pieret

    ordinary Americans

    I prefer “just plain folks” from Inherit the Wind.

    advertisers are tempting people’s patience and generosity

    Yeah, yeah … let us know when the bottom line is affected.

  7. 7
    dugglebogey

    I never do this, but the other day I bought a box of honey maid graham crackers to keep in my office. Just because.

  8. 8
    namowal

    News flash to Bryan: Many, if not most, “ordinary americans” these days don’t have a problem with pro-equality companies.

  9. 9
    Crimson Clupeidae

    I think he’s right, but he’s got it backwards. It’s the few companies (like HL) who are very anti-equality that will begin to feel the backlash.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    And yet my breakfast cereal, Bubba Flakes (“The manly man cereal that ain’t for no queers”) remains a market failure, selling only two boxes to a gay couple, I assume, for the irony.

  11. 11
    alexmcdonald

    Is the “shoved down their/our throats” thing to do with feeding of geese and fattening of livers? Or am I missing some subtle play on words here?

  12. 12
    ashleybell

    “One of the forms of hubris found most commonly on the Christian right is their absolute confidence that they’re in the majority”
    -
    that’s a realing interesting feature too. They are so TERRIFIED of being ‘different’ or ‘not normal’ that all their euphemistic frames seem almost sad. Moral Majority. Family ‘Anything’ Million moms (12) the 10 million that showed up at the National Mall that weere really only a couple dozen. It must be a drain to constantly frame yourself as a persecuted majority…

  13. 13
    Marcus Ranum

    It must be a drain to constantly frame yourself as a persecuted majority…

    Worse yet, to believe it, you have to actually feel like you’re persecuted. Such a drag!!! But those who believe in the great motherfucker in the sky are already abnegating themselves.

  14. 14
    Larry

    I hope the backlash happens soon. According to Billy Graham’s daughter, the end of the world will be happening any day now. It’d be a shame if the world were destroyed without having made these companies have a sad.

  15. 15
    timgueguen

    The increasingly marginalisation of this and other views held by the religious right may end up pushing some of them towards acceptance of Muslims, just like some of them made common cause with Catholics on issues like abortion.

  16. 16
    JamesY2

    Is the “shoved down their/our throats” thing to do with feeding of geese and fattening of livers? Or am I missing some subtle play on words here?

    I’ll explain when you’re older.

  17. 17
    Reginald Selkirk

    America, the latest movie from convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza, is in theaters now. You have to review it.

  18. 18
    Reginald Selkirk

    Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ celebrates country, bashes its critics

    by Duane Dudek

    D’Souza asks softball questions of those he agrees with (“What is your American dream?” he asks U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz)…

    I’m glad he qualified that properly. It would be an embarrasment if Cruz told us his Canadian dream.

  19. 19
    Modusoperandi

    Reginald Selkirk “I’m glad he qualified that properly. It would be an embarrasment if Cruz told us his Canadian dream.”
    Ted Cruz isn’t Canadian. The footprints on his so-called “Canadian” birth certificate were bare, rather than the one gripper/one slider baby curling shoes mandated by Canadian Law* under The Canadian Constitution of Canada/La Constitution Canadienne du Canada.

     
    * Also a Genie-winning television series from the 1980s, starring Bruno Gerusi as a lawyer at a prominent Etobicoke law firm.

  20. 20
    steve84

    A few thousand is too many too. It’s just a typical “one office and a computer” operations. They are an arm of the AFA I think. And probably men.

  21. 21
    magistramarla

    After reading about Burger King’s recent Pride Whopper in San Francisco, my hubby and I agreed that if we happen to want a fast food hamburger (only time that happens is when we’re traveling), BK will have our business.
    We’re already fans of Starbucks, but I just read a story that makes me an even bigger fan. A tired Mom with a fussy baby sat down to discretely nurse her little one while drinking her coffee. When someone complained, the 19 year old barista gave her a free refill, a coupon for another freebie and loudly apologized to her for having to put up with something like that. I’m thrilled that Starbucks backed up what this mature-beyond-his-years young man did!
    Those of us who support the companies who are doing the right thing will eventually outnumber those who are on the wrong side of history.

  22. 22
    criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton,

    Its going to be entertaining to see how Fischer continues to lose it most of the major companies that produced “pro gay” ads continue top exist over the next ten years. Its also going to be interesting to hear the excuses he’s going to come with for failure after failure to stop marriage equality.

  23. 23
    criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton

    By the way, I have a feeling that this “Million Mom” not only has less than a million members, it probably doesn’t even have a thousand. I have a feeling they only have about four or five hundred members at most.

  24. 24
    dingojack

    Hmmmm ….. deja vu all over again.
    Dingo
    ——–
    Which will come first do you think, the gay backlash or the second coming?

  25. 25
    dingojack

    Let’s see if a March for Marriage is supposed to attract ten million and only gets 150 or so, then A Million Moms is likely to have a membership of about 15 (12 men, and a couple of women to make the coffee and pick up the donuts). :/
    Dingo

  26. 26
    Die Anyway

    A couple of years ago I got on the AFA mailing list while Pharyngulating one of their polls. I never took myself off the list so I see their pronouncements 2 or 3 times a week. They have had a long running campaign against The Home Depot for its support of BGLT parades, gay days, etc. As I stand in line to check out at THD, I have to think that the campaign is not affecting business too much.

    On the other hand, AFA has been all atwitter over the recent SCOTUS ruling on Hobby Lobby.

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    grumpyoldfart

    I’ll bet he gets a little stiffy every time he talks about people being punished.

  29. 29
    dingojack

    Run along Jon-Jon, the adults are talking.
    Dingo

  30. 30
    colnago80

    Re Johnathan Gray @ #27

    Hey John boy, is that a selfie?

  31. 31
    hunter

    It just demonstrates how blinkered Fischer is: sweetheart, you’re not fighting Teh Gheys here, you’re fighting capitalism, American style.

    Good luck with that.

  32. 32
    Strewth

    That’s really what I take out of this, hunter. Fischer doesn’t seem to have asked himself ‘why would so many corporations make decision x, if doing so would lose them money?’

  33. 33
    hunter

    Strewth — Fischer, in common with the rest of the right wingnuts, doesn’t ask himself hard questions. And that counts as a hard question.

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    democommie

    Fuckface@34:

    Being an asshole won’t get you banned here, nor will being rude, obnoxious or stupid get you banned here.

    Posting shit with no comment attached might just do the trick, Ed hates fucking trolls–but he cuts so much slack sometimes that it’s a while before he realizes that he’s got one (that would be you, fuckface) on the thread.

    Fuck off, troll.

  36. 36
    jonathangray

    DC:

    Being an asshole won’t get you banned here, nor will being rude, obnoxious or stupid get you banned here.

    Evidently.

  37. 37
    democommie

    Oh, dear, Rottedjohnny has made me have a sad. Well, not really, Johnnyblowme.

    I don’t generally try to impress people with my evenhandedness, scholarship or intellect. You, on the other hand, do so. That it is an epic FAIL seems to not have occurred to you.

    Fuck off, troll.

  38. 38
    jonathangray

    Are you so lost in mental darkness that you can’t see anything seriously wrong with this?

  39. 39
    spamamander, internet amphibian

    Well, the lighting is a little off. But that can happen in a hospital room, they aren’t really set up for portrait photography.

    The photos themselves make me almost cry each time I’ve seen them reposted, however. What raw love and beauty of emotion on those new parents’ faces!

  40. 40
    Dan J

    Are you so lost in mental darkness that you can’t see anything seriously wrong with this?

    Two loving parents and their newborn child: Quite touching. If you find that “seriously wrong” then you’re a bigot whom I would not even deign to piss on to extinguish, were you on fire.

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