On Monday night, Oreo posted an image of a rainbow-layered cookie, accompanied by the word “Pride.” Within 12 hours, gay cookie generated nearly 150,000 likes and nearly 20,000 comments, ranging from hearty applause to calls for boycotts.
Updated: July 28, 2012 6:23AM
Must be exhausting to be so filled with bigotry you get worked up over a cookie.
A cookie that’s not even real.
On Monday night, Oreo posted an image of a rainbow-layered cookie, accompanied by the word “Pride.”
Boom! Within 12 hours, gay cookie generated nearly 150,000 likes and nearly 20,000 comments, ranging from hearty applause to calls for boycotts.
My first reaction was to cringe — not because of the gay theme but because I was thinking of the funky ingredients they’d have to use to create the rainbow fillings. It almost makes your teeth hurt just lookin’ at that cookie.
But as for the theme: Good for you, Oreo. I’m all for any company that promotes tolerance and love.
A sampling of pro-Oreo comments:
“Thank you for stepping up and being a part of the human rights movement.”
“I bet it tastes like freedom. Thank you, Oreo.”
“Oreo dance party! Love, love, love.”
From the no-Oreo crowd:
“Will not be buying Oreos again.”
“God’s stance hasn’t changed since Sodom and Gomorrah. Any REAL Christian would never support homosexuality.”
“Oh great, now my freakin’ Oreos are gay too ... come on!!!!!”
My favorite comment: “You Bible-thumpers ended up on the wrong snack’s page. Shouldn’t you be protesting Fig Newtons? Everyone knows God hates Figs.”
Thank God somebody has a sense of humor about the whole thing.
As for those claiming they’re going to boycott Oreos: Are you going to boycott everything else made by parent company Kraft? Because that would include everything from Oscar Mayer hot dogs to Maxwell House coffee to Jell-O to Ritz crackers to Stove Top stuffing.
But hey. Gotta stick to your principles.
This just in
In the series premiere of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the veteran anchor played by Jeff Daniels is pressed to explain what makes America the greatest country in the world.
“It’s not the greatest country in the world, professor, that’s my answer,” says McAvoy, stopping the room dead silent.
McAvoy rattles off a list of statistics (some of them dubious) to back his claim before saying, “It sure used to be [the greatest]. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people ...
“We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases ... We reached for the stars. Acted like men ....”
And just as McAvoy’s rant nearly destroys his career, you knew some commentators would fixate on that speech.
“[McAvoy’s] tirade against America is reflective of the scornful and shameful way in which Hollywood liberals, mainstream media elites and academics in ivory towers feel about the greatest country known to man,” writes Tony Lee on Breitbart.com.
On the NewsBusters website, Scott Whitlock writes, “ ‘Newsroom’ is a program that attacks the Tea Party and features an anti-American rant.”
But when McAvoy romanticizes the past, wouldn’t those words ring true with a lot of Tea Partyers, Limbaugh loyalists and Fox News Channel regulars?
Do I agree with McAvoy’s claim America isn’t the greatest country in the world? No. If I’d been in that audience (which would make me a fictional character), I would have asked him, “OK, if America isn’t the greatest country in the world, which nation is?” Would have been interesting to hear him support an argument for Canada or Belgium or, I don’t know, France.
Maybe we’ll see that on an upcoming episode.