Too bad he doesn't know gays don't eat carbs http://americablog.com/2013/09/pasta-barilla-gays-can-eat-someone-elses-pasta.html [h=1]Famed Italian pasta maker Barilla: Gays can eat someone elseâ€™s pasta[/h]9/26/2013 9:10am by John Aravosis 1466 Comments Barilla is a famous name in Italian pasta. And it seems they donâ€™t have a taste for gays. If you check your local supermarket here in the states, or in Europe, youâ€™re bound to see Barillaâ€™s products with the familiar red label. Theyâ€™re a big, worldwide brand. Well, the Chairman of the privately-owned company, Guido Barilla, got himself into some hot water yesterday when he told an Italian radio show that Barilla is a company that â€œlikes the traditional family.â€ And therefore, youâ€™re not going to see any gays in Barillaâ€™s advertising. And if gays donâ€™t like it, â€œthey can always go eat someone elseâ€™s pasta.â€ Already are, stronzo. UPDATE: Barilla has apologized three different times today â€“ and each time, getting itself into more and more hot water. UPDATE: Iâ€™ve got the audio. Honestly, he sounds like a bigger jerk in the audio than he does in the written quotes. Itâ€™s all in Italian, obviously. Here are some of Barillaâ€™s comments (my translation â€“ at the time of publication, the English-language press had yet to pick up this story): â€œNon faremo pubblicitÃ con omosessuali, perchÃ© a noi piace la famiglia tradizionale. Se i gay non sono dâ€™accordo, possono sempre mangiare la pasta di unâ€™altra marca. Tutti sono liberi di fare ciÃ² che vogliono purchÃ© non infastidiscano gli altriâ€. â€œWe wonâ€™t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays donâ€™t like it, they can always eat another brand of pasta. Everyone is free to do what they want, provided it doesnâ€™t bother anyone else.â€ Consider me bothered, Guido. After his comments caused a bit of outrage, Barilla is now trying to backtrack â€“ kinda (agin my translation): â€œWith reference to statements made yesterday, I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they have hurt the sensibilities of some people. In the interview I simply wanted to highlight the central role of the woman in the family.â€ Right. Because thereâ€™s nothing sexist about that. The central role of women in the kitchen. (Like when she picks up a frying pan to slap your sexist ass.) Barilla added that he has â€œthe utmost respect for any person, without distinction of any kind,â€ and â€œthe greatest respect for gays and for the freedom of expression of anyone.â€ Yeah, freedom of expression. Anti-gay bigots usually misunderstand the concept of freedom of expression to mean that they get to say any inanity with impunity. Doesnâ€™t work that way. Barilla absolutely has the right to say that Barilla pasta is for straight people. And we have the right to tell him to vaffanapoli. UPDATE: Speaking of free expression, Italian gay rights advocates, including members of the Italian parliament, are now calling for a boycott of Barilla (#boicottabarilla #boycottbarilla). Italian â€œfamilyâ€ advocates are, however, siding with Barilla over gay families, which they claim are not â€œnatural.â€ Those same family advocates claim that â€“ get this â€“ criticizing Barilla for its attack on gays is itself an attack on â€œcivil liberties.â€ Adorable. Barilla added in his mea-kinda-sorta-culpa to the Italian press, â€œI repeat that I respect gay marriages.â€ But not enough respect to include us in his ads, because Barilla is a company that likes â€œthe traditional family.â€ Oh, Barillaâ€™s aainst gay adoption too. How do you say â€œbuh byeâ€ in Italian? Oh thatâ€™s right: Ciao, Barilla!