In the previous installment of Corporate Watch, we focused on some of the good things happening and how actions by pro-life and pro-family people were having an effect on corporate behaviour and the money flowing into anti-life and anti-family organizations.
In this issue, we’ll focus on some new and ongoing areas of concern.
The Phoenix Suns basketball team – said to be owned by a professed Christian – was accused of caving in to homosexual pressure after it cancelled a “church night” promotion at a March game this year. Apparently, the gay lobby mobilized after it was learned that promotional packages for the event included literature opposing homosexual “marriage.”
Pro-family groups were upset with the U.S. Proctor and Gamble company after it donated $10,000 toward an effort to repeal a Cincinnati, Oh. ordinance that forbids special rights, privileges and protections for homosexuals. The group Equal Rights, Not Special Rights also charged that a number of P and G employees left the company “because of the hateful, bigoted attitude that (it) has toward people of faith.”
Shortly after the brouhaha over the Janet Jackson breast-baring incident at the Super Bowl earlier this year, the MTV channel (owned by U.S.-based Viacom) was back at it again, placing videos such as Britney Spears’ graphic sex romp Toxic into heavy rotation.
Viacom, through its Nickelodeon subsidiary, then aired a commercial-free Nick News program on homosexual parenting and families and is planning to launch an entirely homosexual-themed network, LOGO, in 2005. Two “wedding” programs and a “Love Boat”-style series are planned, as well as one called Family Outing, which will feature Cher and Chastity Bono telling the stories of celebrities who “came out” as gays and lesbians.
The Walt Disney Company was continuing to push the homosexual agenda through its ABC television network. The ABC program In Style Celebrity Weddings spotlighted the so-called marriage between lesbian pop rocker Melissa Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. Father’s Day weekend, meanwhile, was designated as a time of “celebration” for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” parents and their families at Walt Disney World. That came two weeks after the annual Gay Days at Disney event.
And Disney has introduced W.I.T.C.H., a series of paperback books and a TV show slated for the company’s cable outlet next year. It’s a “kidculture” program based on a group of five early-teen girls who have special powers to keep the world safe from evil.
A March 22 ad in the Toronto Sun indicated that the Canadian Molson brewing company was presenting the week-long appearance at Toronto’s Whiskey a Go Go strip club of “XXX porn star” Sunset Thomas.
A “Commercial Closet Report” noted that hotel chains Wyndham International and Westin Hotels and Resorts were “opening their doors” to the gay market, with gay-specific advertising, customized room amenities – such as “his and his” matching bathrobes – and special packages for “commitment ceremonies.”
Forbes magazine reported that 34 of the 500 biggest U.S. public companies have started health coverage for their employees’ same-sex domestic “partners” over the past year. Another 6,811 privately owned companies are also offering the benefits. Some of the major U.S. names doing this include Apple, Gap, Anheuser-Busch, Lexmark International, Sears Roebuck, General Electric, Eli Lilly, Staples and United Parcel Service.
The pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign has issued its “corporate equality index scores” for how homosexually supportive U.S. corporations are, on a scale of one to 100. Those achieving perfect 100 scores include Aetna Inc., American Airlines, Apple Computer Inc., Eastman Kodak Co., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Levi Strauss & Co., Nike Inc., Prudential Financial Inc. and Xerox Corp. Companies achieving the lowest scores include Domino’s Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp.
A number of celebrities supported the pro-abortion “March for Women’s Lives” (dubbed by others as the “March for Death”) in Washington this past April. One might wish to reconsider purchasing products from, or attending performances by, personnel including Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Bea Arthur, Ed Asner, Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin, Meredith Baxter, Shari Belafonte, Lynda Carter, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Glenn Close, Cindy Crawford, Sheryl Crow, Tyne Daly, Kristin Davis, Dana Delany, Laura Dern, Ellen DeGeneres, Ani DiFranco, Fran Drescher, Kirsten Dunst, Emme, Melissa Etheridge, Morgan Fairchild, Calista Flockhart, Jane Fonda, Bonnie Franklin, Janeane Garofalo, the Indigo Girls, Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Judd, Carole King, Christine Lahti, Lisa Loeb, Sarah McLachlan, Moby, Demi Moore, Alanis Morissette, Pink, Susan Sarandon, Cybill Shepherd, Gloria Steinem, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Kathleen Turner, Ted Turner and Sarah Weddington.
Finally, this year’s Toronto “gay pride” festivities featured a host of corporate supporters, including “diamond” sponsors Labatt and the government of Canada, “platinum” sponsor VIA Rail Canada, “gold” sponsors Air Canada (the official airline) and Showcase. “Silver” sponsors included 7-11, Hewlett-Packard, Primus, Rogers, Montclair Spring Water, IKEA, Schick Xtreme 3, Polar Ice Vodka and Pur Source, while “bronze” sponsors counted Pizza Pizza and the University of Toronto among their ranks.
Media sponsors included the Toronto Star and CITY-TV, while the government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Ontario Trillium Foundation – in addition to the aforementioned government of Canada – were “funding” sponsors.
Canadian pro-family observers noted the disturbing number of government-associated agencies and corporations that were involved in financially upholding “gay pride.”