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Old 12-06-2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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"Is your car gay?"

Got this from Huffington Post. (In addition to the homophobia angle, the write-up is also about the growing credibility of web-based journalism.) I am freakin' amazed at some of the insidious stuff that's going on in the U.S. to discriminate against homosexuals. I'm sure Stephen Harper here in Canada is watching and learning.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-...y_b_11778.html

"A case study in new media ecology is being played out in real time right now. The Ford Motor Company, bowing to pressure from Reverend Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association, has pulled its advertising from gay publications. The reason, Wildmon told Ford, was that his people would stop buying Fords if Ford insisted on pumping advertising dollars into publications that support “the homosexual agenda.” Wildmon was also unhappy that Ford supports workplace diversity and contributes to LGBT causes.

"In one amazing example of the distributed intelligence that the Web has become, Aravosis published a clip from a trade publication which named the two Ford negotiators who cut the anti-gay deal with Wildmon: David Leitch and Ziad Ojakli. And then, overnight, the commenters on Aravosis’s blog figured out that Leitch and Ojakli were both former senior Bush White House officials."
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good gays live in progressive metropolitan areas with good public transportation and therefore don't own cars.

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good gays live in progressive metropolitan areas with good public transportation and therefore don't own cars.

But what about Seattle? What are the boys on Capitol Hill supposed to do? We all voted for the monorail several times but the mayor and the city council have been against it from the beginning and they killed the deal for us.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Wells Fargo dumped over gay 'agenda'
Focus on Family cites contributions made by bank

By DAVID MILSTEAD
SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

Focus on the Family is looking for a new bank, saying it's dumping Wells Fargo for its "pro-homosexual agenda."

The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Christian group told its followers about the move Thursday. Focus on the Family said that a "pivotal reason" the San Francisco-based bank is getting the ax is that its logo was used in a fund-raising campaign for a "fight against the 'anti-gay industry' -- a group that pro-gay organizations have stated includes Focus on the Family."

Wells Fargo had agreed to match contributions to a media-campaign fund for GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. But its logo got attached to a fund-raising Internet advertising campaign that raised Focus on the Family's ire.
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I'm sure Focus on the Fascism was just a small pittance compared to the total assets that Wells Fargo has. The LBGT community, itself, is estimated to have upwards of $500 million in investable income, and no large bank would ever pass that up.

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In the long run, these idiots will run out of options because eventually all major corps will be "gay-friendly." It's good for the greater business.

In the short run, Fords are pieces of shit anyway, so who'd buy one.
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I have a 2001 Ford Escape. I love it and :knocks wood: have not had ANY problems with it, just hit 45k miles.
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ford escapes are cute
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I guess there couldn't be a business reason for the decision. Ford has denied the "pressure" reasoning for the change in advertising.

I guess once you start advertising in a gay publication, you are anti-gay if you stop.
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Re: "Is your car gay?"

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"In one amazing example of the distributed intelligence that the Web has become, Aravosis published a clip from a trade publication which named the two Ford negotiators who cut the anti-gay deal with Wildmon: David Leitch and Ziad Ojakli. And then, overnight, the commenters on Aravosis’s blog figured out that Leitch and Ojakli were both former senior Bush White House officials."
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But what about the soooo gay Mini Cooper made by Ford?






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I guess there couldn't be a business reason for the decision. Ford has denied the "pressure" reasoning for the change in advertising.

I guess once you start advertising in a gay publication, you are anti-gay if you stop.
They can deny it all they want but let's be realistic. They should stick to their convictions and not bow to the pressure of groups like this, it's sad if you ask me.
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They can deny it all they want but let's be realistic.
Huffington's opinions are reality?

I heard this report earlier on the news. One of the affected gay publications had a rather limited circulation. I think you can move your advertising dollars to publications with better circulations.
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I would think a company like Ford would be well aware of circulation figures before advertising in any publication.
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But what about the soooo gay Mini Cooper made by Ford?






is not that bmw?

i am thinking of buying one next year


to go with my gay-friendly volvo
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