haven’t been great in the world of conservative boycotts lately.
Conservatives tried to boycott Starbucks for supporting gay marriage and
over 600,000 people signed the Sum of Us
petition thanking Starbucks for supporting the right of all people to
marry. In contrast, only 35,000 people signed on to the Dump Starbucks
The One Million Moms boycott of JC Penny failed similarly as JCP
chose to stand behind Ellen Degeneres. Director Monica Cole told OneNewsNow that other issues require her group’s attention, so OMM is moving on.
at the Florida Family Association have recently tried to stop gaming
industry giant Electronic Arts from putting out video games that have
gay character options, specifically Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old
Republic. While EA may not be a perfect company (check this Forbes article for more on complicating factors) they have made it clear they aren’t interested in censoring GLBT content from their games.
Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications told Games Industry,
“Every one of EA’s games includes ESRB content descriptors so it’s hard
to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn’t about
protecting children, it’s about political harassment.”
Seeing all these recent failed protests makes me hope that the tide
is turning. Matt Kane, Associate Director of Entertainment Media at
GLAAD commented on the protest against EA saying, “Trying to rally
Americans around messages rooted in hate is a losing proposition.”
I was recently talking with friends about the terrifying legislation
Republicans are trying to push through all over this country. We were
conjecturing that maybe this level of hostility and aggression towards
women and all kinds of minorities seems pretty desperate. With GLBT
issues it seems like there’s only so far they can take this fight before
it’s over. Groups like Republicans Against the Marriage Amendment especially give me hope.
In the meantime, I’m hoping the conservatives will continue to waste
their time and wear their true colors. Each fail brings us just a little
closer to winning the fight against hate.