Delicious-Looking Gay Pride Oreo Sparks Debate
Let me get this out of the way: politics aside, this Oreo, with its six layers of rainbow frosting, looks freakin’ delicious. So much so, I guess, that Oreo felt it necessary to put a disclaimer at the bottom of the ad stating that it’s “made with crème colors that do not exist.”
One would think that this would be the biggest source of controversy surrounding the ad – why would Oreo tempt us with the most delicious looking cookie of all time, and then explicitly state that it doesn’t exist?!
Unfortunately, we live in a world in which even six layers of Oreo crème can’t bring us together.
Two days ago, Oreo posted this picture on their Facebook page, along with the message, “Proudly support love!” Predictably, the response was mixed. An overwhelming majority of folks expressed their gratitude to the company and affirmed their intentions to head out to the grocery store and pick up a box or two.
Others threatened to boycott Kraft-Nabisco (good luck with that), calling Oreo’s support of gay pride ‘perverted’ and ‘disgusting’, among other things. This isn’t the controversy I want to talk about, because it’s not an issue that’s even worthy of debate. These people are on the wrong side of history and in less than fifteen years, they’re going to look as ridiculous as those who once opposed women’s suffrage and interracial marriage. Case closed.
Some people, however, have brought up an interesting question that is worthy of discussion, and that question is this: should corporations be taking a stance on broad social and political issues? This is not a new phenomenon, nor is it limited to the debate about gay marriage. Companies that make beauty products have stated their opposition to animal cruelty, corporations have backed political candidates, and so on. But is taking a public stance on a social or political issue something that should be a company’s priority? Let us know in the comments.
Thankfully, amidst all this craziness, there are still a few people who have their priorities straight. A petition has been started on change.org to make the ‘gay Oreo’ into a real Oreo. I know I’ll be signing it.