Remember that French McDonald’s commercial that featured a young gay man being young and gay? Well, an American executive at the McDonald’s corporation, Operations Chief Don Thompson, has FINALLY broken his legendary silence about the ad. And by “broken his silence” I of course mean “gingerly mumbled his way through a bunch of mildly homophobic gibberish.” His response, after being asked about the ad, from AdFreak:
It is an example that markets, cultures are very different around the world. 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.
Setting aside the fact that McDonald’s is garbage food and no one should eat it, regardless of their sexual orientation: WHAT IS THIS DUDE FUCKING TALKING ABOUT? He is a Christian but some people are Muslims? Perfect. It’s weird this genius isn’t Operations Chief of the World! (Also, what imaginary country has he been to where everyone is atheist?) Obviously, no one expected the ad to ever air in the United States. God forbid Bill O’Reilly’s HEAD EXPLODED. But is this guy seriously arguing that France (FRANCE!) is some alien planet? Some sort of hellish nightmarescape, I’m sure. “A place where human beings are allowed to be gay and enjoy a cheap, environmentally irresponsible hamburger loaded with fat, sugar, and sodium? ABSURD!”
Fuck McDonald’s Operation Chief Don Thompson.