Linda Ferraro of Shelton, Connecticut launched a Change.org petition on Saturday after Guido Barilla made anti-gay comments during a radio interview. The mother of a gay son has asked the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company to “stop carrying anti-gay pasta”.
Linda’s story is the same as many Italian-Americans living on the East Coast. Her immigrant grandparents settled in Brooklyn from Italy, and as is tradition, enjoyed a hearty pasta meal on Sundays after church, which included the Barilla brand.
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.
On Thursday, Guido Barilla issued an apology over remarks he made during an Italian radio interview. According to Reuters, Barilla stated he wouldn’t use homosexuals in the pasta company’s advertisements and opposed adoption by gay parents, comments that infuriated gay rights groups.
For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company. I would not do it, but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don’t see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family. (If gays) like our pasta and our advertising, they’ll eat our pasta, if they don’t like it then they will not eat it and they will eat another brand.
Barilla’s comments have spurred Linda to boycott the popular pasta company.
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. I have a newsflash for Guido Barilla: I am proud of my gay son and we are a traditional family.
Linda’s petition asks Stop & Shop, a Northeast-based supermarket she frequents, to remove Barilla from its store shelves.
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.
Linda’s petition has almost 8,000 signatures. If you agree and would like to see Stop & Shop remove Barilla pasta, then click the link to the left to support her and other mothers of gay children who were offended by Guido Barilla’s anti-gay comments.
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