Tuesday, December 06, 2005

ah, tolerance: ford and the gays

2 Ford Brands Stop Ads in Gay Publications - New York Times

here's what gets me:

"Ford's move came nearly a week after the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association canceled a boycott of Ford vehicles that began in May, when the group criticized Ford for being too gay-friendly."

what's 'gay-friendly'? glad you asked:

"The American Family Association first announced the boycott against Ford and related brands on May 31. The group said Ford gave thousands of dollars to gay rights groups, offered benefits to same-sex couples and actively recruited gay employees."

so, let me get this straight (no pun intended); in order for The American Family Association to be happy, they'd like to see Ford direct unfriendliness toward gays in the form of denying health benefits to their employees and, apparently, not hiring gay people at all.

(that's what it means when you don't actively recruit - it means you don't hire.)

i wonder, if Ford does what the American Family Association asks, would its acts be discrimination?

(or, are the gays just a bunch of whiny pansies, uh...individuals?)


Stupid Country said...

Would I be out of line in suggesting here that the best reason not to buy a Ford is that they build crappy cars? The fact that they prostitute themselves to the Christian Right is only the second best reason not to buy a Ford.


ding said...

well, since i don't drive i really can't say if Ford is crappy.

but their silence about caving in to conservative anti-gay rhetoric is.

LutheranChik said...

I second the emotion about the quality of Ford cars. I've had two in my lifetime, and they were both money pits -- serially busted tie rod ends, blown engines, haywire electrical components...thousands of dollars in repairs. Feh!

I live in Michigan, and IMHO Ford, GM and Chrysler all deserve exactly what's happening to them. They were in trouble 25 years ago in terms of innovation and responding to changes in the world economy and consumer preferences, and since then all they've been doing is playing around the edges of changing their corporate culture. The management likes to blame the greedy autoworkers, and in some respects they're right -- but on the other hand their upper management has been enriching itself without corresponding enrichment to the greater good of the company for years. And now the chickens are coming home to roost. And the sad thing is, the car companies are taking the entire state down the drain with them. Which is a whole 'nother topic.