The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 May 2005

Remind me to pick up some Oreos

"Boycotts," some girl once said, "are etymologically sexist."

I wouldn't know about that, but it's been a long time since I felt compelled to take part in one: it's not so much a consistent policy of refusing to take part so much as it is a nagging suspicion that most of them are intended, not to get an organization to alter its plans, but to get publicity for the group engaging in the boycott.

And this suspicion grows closer to certainty whenever the American Family Association, Donald Wildmon's Mississippi-based activist group, is involved: they will boycott anyone at any level for anything they don't like. Certainly they have a right to do so, but I'm getting to the point where I'd actually support things they can't stand, just because they can't stand them.

Well, some things, anyway. The AFA bombarded Kraft Foods with complaints after word got out that the company was providing some sponsorship money for the seventh Gay Games, to be held in Chicago in 2006. Kraft is apparently not going to back out, and corporate counsel Marc Firestone sent a letter to Kraft employees explaining why:

It can be difficult when we are criticized. It's easy to say you support a concept or a principle when nobody objects. The real test of commitment is how one reacts when there are those who disagree. I hope you share my view that our company has taken the right stand on diversity, including its contribution to the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago.

Which, as Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast says, "is more courage than Steve Ballmer had."

Now if Kraft starts kicking in funding for embryonic stem-cell research or something, I'll complain. But I'm not taking part in this ongoing Everything Gay Is Evil campaign. Period. Pass the Cheez Whiz.

(Suggested by Aldahlia.)

Posted at 10:10 AM to Almost Yogurt

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Posted by: paulsmos at 10:42 PM on 31 May 2005

And before someone asks: yes, I know the origin of "boycott," but it's both tangential to the discussion and inimical to the opening joke.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:11 AM on 2 June 2005