In what home is there Pasta Barilla?!
Posted September 30th, 2013
I don't want to be catty while writing about this ordeal since someone "has caught their foot in their mouth...."
When I read the other day, via Twitter, the news of a comment, a rude absurd comment, I might add....said by Guido Barilla on Radio 24's "La Zanzara", "I would never do a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I do not see it as they do. (My idea) of family, is a classic family, where a woman has a fundamental role" ...... I first thought to myself, Guido isn't dumb....in fact, he isn't dumb at all.
I have known Guido Barilla for over 25 years and the guy is rather polite and "perbene" (respectable)....never have I heard him say a cross word against anyone....but, in that last few days, a tragedy has struck "Casa Barilla".....
Why would anyone, let alone a celebrity with a wide appeal like Barilla, say something of the sort?
Only because Italy is commanded by the Vatican?! Oh come on, how ridiculous in 2013.
It is useless to hide the fact that Italy's image has taken its toll. The Political class is anything but believable and appreciated.....they are gripped by fear regarding their economic crisis......their entreprenutrial activities are totally disposed of with a huge part of the major companies "in the hands of" foreigners. (Salumi Fiorucci, Star, Parmalat, Galbani, Locatelli, sparkling wine Gancia, Invernizzi, pasta Buitoni, Scotti rice, only to say a few).....and I am not even going near the Fashion world (Bulgari, Loro Piana....)
The damage brought about towards this famous Italian brand will be enormous.
Because in the United States, as in France and England, the so-called "developed countries", this type of comment can get you into hot water since it is similar to a nice but nasty ghetto. (I am being sarcastic here!!)
He could have "skirt the issue" and been diplomatic saying "We haven't ever attempted to use a 'homosexual family' for our ads......" or something of the sort.....no?!
Then he declared, "If Gays don't like it, then they can always eat another brand of pasta."
"Wish granted".......they will.
And then putting the icing on the cake he said, "Homosexuals can do whatever they please, God forbid, just as long as they don't disturb others..."
Offensive. Is he birdbrained or what? Being Gay isn't a race or a disease.
This last comment was similiar to Putin's concerning the Moscow Olympics reminding EVERYONE, (tourists and athletes) ......something of the sort.
And with this, I have said it all. Not much else to utter on the front, towards Italian politicians, the journalistic world and especially the "Public" opinion.
I know that Italy is long off on being even close to how the Gay community is in other parts of the world, where Marriage and Adoption are "green lighted"....but please....
This is the sad reality of a class of people which is almost everywhere in Italy and even more than you can imagine.....and unfortunately it makes Italy seem "third world" in comparison with others around the universe.
I asked our 20 year old "daughter", Ilaria, who lives in Vicenza, Italy, to give it a go and give me her opinion on the matter.
I am not criticizing Mr. Barilla.
I believe that he is the expression of the major part of Italians since he is "son of a society", not game on changing. He is son of a rigid mentality which folds upon themselves, casting their eyes towards the dark middle ages and of a prevaricate Church, instead of opening one's self to the beauty of diversity and freedom.
As he, most of my peers on on the same wave-length.
One question: what does "family" truly mean?
Is it really the arithmetic sum of a man and a woman? I don't believe so.
Family means love, feelings, it is something that starts from within and doesn't look at age, status, or someones sex. Love can't be undefined or vague. Man cannot have the power to put boundries and constraints.
And love can be between man and woman, as it can be between man and man or woman and woman.
Here we can speak about a natural family without understanding that love cannot be different between natural and artificial.
It is LOVE. Period.
We can speak of children who must grow up with a Mother and a Father, but we aren't asking ourselves if that is enough, however this Mother or Father is. Or if it is necessary for children to be cared for with love and dedication. How many Mothers abandon or kill their children......and how many Fathers beat and abuse their children. Is this the "natural family" ? Is this "normality" ?
No, but we are more reluctant to accept a gay family rather than a family that is characterized by abuse and violence.
Why? Do we really think social relationships should be finalized in one singular procreation?
Diversity enriches us, it makes us better people, and with this, we must begin to learn to accept it.