Linda Ferraro of Shelton, CT is a traditional Catholic Italian Mom. She makes lots of Sunday dinners and she’s proud of her gay son. That’s why she’s not buying Barilla pasta anymore.
You may have heard that Guido Barilla, head of Barilla pasta, said some really terrible things about gay people.
“I would never do an advert with a homosexual family […] if the gays don’t like it, they can go and eat another brand. For us, the concept of the sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company.”
And though some people in the LGBT don’t care, Linda is asking we send a note to any market that carries Barilla and that we sign her petition.
Here’s her note;
As an Italian-American mom, some of my favorite memories are of sitting around the dinner table with my husband and our three sons on Sunday after Church. Lots of tomato sauce, lots of laughs and lots of Barilla. In fact, there are several boxes of Barilla sitting in my cabinet right now. That is about to change.
My grandparents moved to Brooklyn, NY from Italy and taught me that family is more important than anything. I remembered that tradition when my son Rich was a teenager and cried at our dinner table as he told me he was gay.
This morning Rich called me and told me Guido Barilla, the head of Barilla pasta, said terrible things about gay people. Barilla said, “I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like it they can go an eat another brand. For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company.” I have a newsflash for Guido Barilla: I am proud of my gay son and we are a traditional family.
Even though my sons are adults now, no one messes with any of my boys. I shop at Stop & Shop, and now that I dumped Barilla, I think they should, too.
Please join me and urge Stop & Shop to take Barilla off their shelves.
Also: Sign the MoveOn global petition which goes directly to Barilla.
UPDATE: 11/6/13: Barilla Pasta Announces ‘Diversity And Inclusion’ Campaign Following Gay Backlash.