The American Family Association--classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center--got their pearls tangled from clutching so hard after they saw -gasp!- a commercial with gay people!!!!
Retail giant Wal-Mart, not exactly known for its tolerance or liberal policies, has been releasing a week-by-week video dating series called "Love Is In The Aisle."
A couple of strangers meet for a blind date at Wal-Mart and get to know each other while browsing through the aisles.
This week's episode featured Pat and Andy, two gay men who quarrel a little bit over squash and cast-iron skillets.
Check it out:
Cheesy, definitely scripted, but we'll take it, Wal-Mart!
It's a SMALL step in the right direction.
But the American Family Association is not having it.
Tim Wildman, president of the hate organization, wrote:
"In a move that most Christians probably never expected to see retail giant Walmart has posted an online video that normalizes homosexual relationships."
"For most Christians and other traditionalists, the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman is sacred."
"We've seen many large corporations reject that in their marketing, but I honestly never thought Walmart would join the cultural revolution and reject the beliefs of its customer base."
He encouraged members to harass Wal-Mart, complaining about their "offensive" and "pro-homosexual" video.
"It's clear that Walmart is on the path of elevating homosexual relationships to the same level as the male-female model of marriage."
Wildman drones on:
"At least with a company like Amazon, we knew they were liberal from the outset."
"But this seems more like a betrayal from a well-known friend. Sam Walton is probably turning over in his grave."
Sam Walton, the former CEO of Wal-Mart, went to great pains to try and avoid paying his employees a living wage, so excuse us if we are just a little gay in his store for five seconds.
The AFA has been quite a piece of work in the past.
Since their 1977 founding in Tupelo, Mississippi, the group has almost exclusively campaigned against LGBT people, doing such things as:
"getting some corporations to pull their ads from shows such as Thirtysomething, which had been added to Wildman's list of 'Trash TV' because its plot included a gay romance."
"For years, until 2010, the AFA had a section on its website that supposedly exposed "The Homosexual Agenda.""
"There, a reader could find articles and other AFA publications that claimed LGBT people were trying to force the acceptance of homosexuality on children through sex education programs in schools; condemned companies like Disney for supporting LGBT rights and programming; and, also until 2010, featured a particularly noxious booklet the AFA had published in 1994."
"That booklet, Homosexuality in America: Exposing the Myths, included the bogus research of thoroughly discredited psychologist Paul Cameron as a source."
"One of the publication's authors, Richard Howe, used Cameron's 'research' to claim that LGBT people don't live as long as heterosexuals, that they're more promiscuous and that the 'disgusting details of the homosexual lifestyle explain why so many diseases are present in the homosexual community'."
"Another claim was that 'prominent homosexual leaders and publications have voiced support for pedophilia, incest, sadomasochism, and even bestiality'."
In response, here are a bunch of gay commercials.
This is Me | AT&T www.youtube.com
McGay: McDonald's Gay Commercial www.youtube.com
The Best Gay Commercials www.youtube.com
Hope this doesn't offend their delicate conservative sensibilities.