McDonald’s Likes the Gays in France, hates them in the US
Then what’s that I smell? Floatin’ down from the North–could it be the aroma of hypocrisy? – 1776
Perhaps you’ve had the fortune to see this kind of weird commercial that McDonald’s is airing in France, or to see maybe the really homophobic reaction of Bill O’Reilly to it. Bill O screamed and railed that it would never be aired in the US, because we don’t truck with that sort of thing.
This led to much mocking of Bill O as well as some sad acknowledgement that he was probably right. Well, Mr. Don Thompson, COO of Mickey D’s decided that he was going to speak to the press about this very important issue.
I’ve never shied away from the fact that I’m a Christian. I have my own personal beliefs and I don’t impose those on anybody else. I’ve been in countries where the majority of the people in the country don’t believe in a deity or they may be atheist. Or the majority of the country is Muslim. Or it may be the majority is much younger skewed. So when you look at all these differences, it’s not that I’m to be the judge or the jury relative to right or wrong. Having said that, at McDonald’s, there are core values we stand for and the world is getting much closer. So we have a lot of conversations. We’re going to make some mistakes at times. (We talk) about things that may have an implication in one part of the world and may be the cultural norm in another part of the world. And those are things that, yes, we’re going to learn from. But, you’re right, that commercial won’t show in the United States. (Emphasis mine)
So, I just want to make sure I understand all of this. He’s a Christian who doesn’t impose his values on anyone, but McDonald’s made a mistake by showing a gay-friendly ad and they stand for core values that apparently don’t include showing that commercial in the US. Those core values are, of course, that they will make an attempt to fake the values of wherever they’re trying to sell hamburgers.
I sent them an e-mail, I doubt I’ll get a response, but I’ll post it if they do. I actually like McDonald’s OK for fast food, and they’ve got a decent score with the HRC, so this homophobia may be particular to Mr. Thompson. Or, more likely, a simple corporate attempt at having it both ways. “We like the gays, because, let’s be honest, everyone in France is gay anyway. But there aren’t any gays in Iran… or the US.”