Walmart Receives Backlash for Featuring Gay Men in Video Series
Have you ever had a blind date? Perhaps at Walmart? Well if you did not know Walmart has a video series called Love is in the Aisle. The most recent two for this dating show was Pat and Andy. Watching the video you see how they stroll around the aisle coming up with conversation about different products and whether or not a coconut is a squash. The casual date ends on a high note with the two expressing that they would be willing to go for a second date.
Cue the fire and brimstone. In response to this video, conservative parties are damning Walmart and marking them as traitors. According to Toweleroad.com the greatest opposition comes from the American Family Association. The association submitted a petition to Walmart stating:
I am extremely disappointed to learn that Walmart has chosen to begin promoting the normalization of homosexuality in conflict with the beliefs of its customer base. It’s clear that Walmart is on the path of elevating homosexual relationships to the same level as the male-female model of marriage. Walmart’s shift away from neutrality on this controversial issue to full support for same sex relationships is something Sam Walton would never have approved of. I urge you, Mr. McMillon, to return Walmart back to its founding principles by removing the pro-homosexual video and agreeing to remain neutral on the controversial issue of homosexuality.”
The President of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, expresses his distaste to Walmart's decision because Walmart had traditionally been conservative and right-leaning like the Association themselves. Towelroad reports Tim Wildmon says,
In a move that most Christians probably never expected to see, retail giant Walmart has posted an online video that normalizes homosexual relationships. For most Christians and other traditionalists, the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman is sacred. We’ve seen many large corporations reject that in their marketing, but I honestly never thought Walmart would join the cultural revolution and reject the beliefs of its customer base.”
“It’s clear that Walmart is on the path of elevating homosexual relationships to the same level as the male-female model of marriage,” adds Wildmon. “At least with a company like Amazon, we knew they were liberal from the outset. But this seems more like a betrayal from a well-known friend. Sam Walton is probably turning over in his grave.”
Why would dear Tim Wildmon think that a retail giant such as Walmart would serve a "customer base" that was more than white and christian? I am not sure, but you can see for yourself. Watch the video and if you like what you see be sure to call Customer service to tell them how much you like it or call 1 (800) 966-6546.