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US: Heineken joins boycott of NYC St Patrick’s parade over ban on gay groups

  • Cal

    Well done Heineken. Still refreshing the parts….

  • sJames6621

    Whats bugging these bad people is that there is a referndum in 2015 and 76% of the people support equal marriage in the most catholic nation int he world

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/11/08/Poll-76-percent-in-Ireland-support-gay-marriage/UPI-11761383891907/

    • Paul S

      Not sure why a referendum in Ireland would bug people in New York or Boston? While polls in Ireland show a majority in favour of equal marriage recent referendum have had a turn out under 20% (people are tired of them) but unfortunately Catholic Church will ensure that all it’s no vote go to the polls. Equality issues should not be decided by a referendum.

  • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

    Ford doesn’t have a need to satisfy customers on issues like this, because their product is such high value. If a couple of thousand people stopped buying Heineken in NYC, with LGBT venues refusing to stock it, they would see an immediate decline in sales which would directly impact their profits visibly within a couple of months.

    But Ford doesn’t have this problem because it’s such a large and rare purchase not influenced by social pressures or community. If those same couple of thousand people decide to boycott Ford, what will happen? Maybe a couple of hundred of them will be considering buying a Ford car in the future, by which time this will all be forgotten. Therefore, their sales will not really be damaged at all.

    Good on Heineken though, even if it’s just congratulations for hiring a decent marketing and branding team who know what they’re doing.

  • Michael James Felse

    I condemn any ban on gay rights. If one legally acceptable group is banned than ever group must not turn up on the parade day in support otherwise they are all in danger of being as guilty as those that caused an insult to we decent folk. I am the proud Manchester Pride Parade Queen (2011) where no gay groups are banned.

  • Gerry

    Well done, Heineken !

    What a refreshing change from the couldn’t-care-less attitude of Coca Cola.

  • Michael James Felse

    I condemn any ban on gay rights. If one legally acceptable group is
    banned then every other group must not turn up on the parade day in support
    otherwise they are all in danger of being as guilty as those that caused
    an insult to we decent folk. I am the proud Manchester Pride Parade
    Queen (2011) where no gay group is banned.

  • Steve Revill

    I
    don’t understand why they feel the need to inject their sexual
    orientation into everything. What I find interesting too is these guys
    offend even some of my gay friends.

  • Ben Popkid

    Well what a nice little “I’m not homophobic because I have gay friends” argument. You do know that such an argument is akin to the old “I’m not racist but……” one don’t you?

  • MenAreLikeWine

    I assume everyone would support the Westboro Baptist Church marching in a Gay Pride parade?

    • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

      No, because the WBC propagates intolerance, hate-speech and ignorance. What part of this are you not getting? Inviting the WBC to march would almost be akin to inviting the Taliban.

      It baffles me that any sane Human on this planet can equate bigotry and hatred of others based on nothing more than race, gender or sexuality to the rights of all to live equally.

      What kind of delusional mental gymnastics does a person have to go through to think that controlling and restricting other free people is fair or even remotely right, especially while preaching about their own constitution which makes clear statements about the rights of individuals to live free and equal.

      It’s remarkable to me that so many Americans hold aloft their bill of rights and constitution when it suits them, while ignoring the clearly progressive statements in them written by very smart people who were obviously more socially advanced than many Americans today.

      • MenAreLikeWine

        Westboro Baptist Church isn’t a banned organisation. I personally think they are complete nutters but it is hypocritical to ban them from marching in a Gay Pride parade while bleating about “exclusion from a St. Patricks Day parade”.

        To quote “Guest” who has posted below :

        “If one legally acceptable group is banned then every other group must not turn up on the parade day in support otherwise they are all in danger of being as guilty as those that caused an insult to we decent folk.”

        The St. Patricks Day parade in New York is a Catholic run parade to commemorate a Catholic saint. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who converted the country to Christianity.

        No “homosexual” is banned from marching in the parade. Whatever happened to “equality, no more, no less”. There are no groups marching in the parade under a banner of their sexual preferences. As soon as the “New York Fellowship of Lovers of Big Breasted Women” is marching then you can complain about being discriminated against.

  • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

    “I don’t understand why they feel the need to inject their sexual
    orientation into everything.”

    When you are still fighting for the basic rights that straight people enjoy, and you don’t risk being beaten to death on the street for nothing more than holding hands with your partner, then you can complain.

    Until that happens, the LGBT community has no choice to but to fight every step of the way to be recognized as members of society, to be respected as equals under the law, and to be free from harassment, bullying and violence by others.

    When we are all treated in the same way that you are, then perhaps we won’t feel the need to fight for inclusion.

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