Good news! Buy Barilla pasta!

Over a year ago the CEO of Barilla, Guido Barilla (there’s a name), made a public statement that he favors traditional families and there would be no same sex couple in his advertising.

<<In September 2013 Guido Barilla told an Italian radio host, “I would never do [a commercial] with a homosexual couple, not for lack of respect, but because we don’t agree with them,” according to reports. “Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role.”

He continued: “If [gays] don’t like it, they can go eat another brand.”>>

Yeah, I ate another brand. Always one to hop on any bandwagon, I began boycotting the brand and mentally excoriating anyone I saw buying it. Once, I told a guy who was clearly gay not to buy it but, except for that one time, I bit my lip whenever I saw some unsuspecting, or worse, fully-aware-and-agreeing-with-the-sentiment shopper selecting some damn thing of the hateful and now hated brand.

Well, it seems my boycott worked. The company has scored a top rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s list of LGBT-friendly employers. On the one hand this is good news, I can now buy Barilla products, on the other, I wanna see a same sex couple in their ads.

Read it all here:

Roundy’s pasta

I rarely eat pasta. I love it almost more than anything else but it’s just plain flat out carbs. When I look at it, I have a mixture of longing, dread and sadness. There are a number of foods that cause a similar mix of emotions in me: ice cream, bread, pizza. While I certainly eat these things occasionally, for the most part I my eating habits exclude the glutenous, as well the carbohydratous.

But when I do eat these things I try to make sure it’s worth it. This was not. I made some bolognese, the best sauce in the world as far as I’m concerned, and for this particular occasion I was going to have pasta, lots of times I eat the sauce like chili. In my pantry, which is really the closet in my second bedroom, I had a box of Roundy’s rigatoni. When I picked it up I had a bad feeling.

Not one noodle stayed intact. I ate it, I’ll eat most anything. But I will never ever buy any Roundy’s brand pasta again.

Having said that, I’d buy it before I’d buy any Barilla brand pasta. The homophobic fucks. Used to be my go to brand but, well, they don’t like the gays and this gay doesn’t like them.