Ford Motor Co. Caves In to the Religious Right

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Ford Motor Co. Caves In to the Religious Right

Where to place advertisements is a decision that normally is made by a company's vice president for marketing. At the Ford Motor Co., this title belongs to Darryl B. Hazel. But Ford's most recent decision about ad placement was made essentially by Donald Wildmon, not Hazel.

If the name "Donald Wildmon" sounds familiar, there's a reason why. He's a bigot who lives in Mississippi, and Ford just said "uncle" to him. As a leading gay news magazine explains:
The antigay American Family Association claimed a cultural victory on Thursday and called off its threatened boycott of Ford Motor Co. On Friday, Ford spokesman Mike Moran confirmed to that the company will stop advertising its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications but insisted it was strictly a business decision.

The Dearborn, Mich., automaker came under fire from the AFA in May for its longtime efforts to increase ... workplace diversity and support gay rights causes.

... Threatened with a boycott by the Mississippi-based AFA, Ford and some of its dealers agreed to negotiate, and the AFA announced in June that it would hold off on its planned action. On Thursday, AFA announced the boycott would be canceled altogether.

"They've heard our concerns; they are acting on our concerns. We are pleased with where we are," said Donald Wildmon, AFA’s chairman, in a statement. "
Donald Wildmon is pleased. Are you? Click here to let Ford executives know what you think about their decision to cave in to the anti-gay bigots.

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