The Subaru Outback and Ford Focus wagons.
[UPDATE: Welcome Buzzflash readers...I added new Freeper comments at the bottom, including a choice one.]
[UPDATE 2: A House Blend reader receives a great response from Subaru.]
[UPDATE 3: Here's background on the rabid Right politics of CWA.]
We support the gay-friendly car company, and it looks like the wingnut Concerned Women of America wants to punish them (and Avis). Read the release -- it gives you all the reasons why you should contact Subaru and Avis to thank them for their willingness to court the gay market. Concerned Women for America press release:
It’s important to give credit where it’s due. So car buyers should know that Subaru takes its role as the most pro-homosexual car company very seriously.
In fact, the company bought a four-page, four-color pullout section in the December 21, 2004, The Advocate magazine, surrounding a celebration of 11 “People of the Year” selected by the magazine since 1990. Honorees include V. Gene Robinson (December 23, 2003), the homosexual Episcopal bishop; Rosie O’Donnell (January 21, 2003); George Michael (January 19, 1999), following Michael’s arrest for lewdness in a Beverly Hills restroom, and former Gay and Lesbian Task Force leader Urvashi Vaid and the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe (both December 18, 1990).
...As for Subaru, the fourth page includes this summary:“Subaru of America celebrates ten years of support for the gay and lesbian community.
• First national automaker to sponsor the Human Rights Campaign
• First automaker to extend domestic partner benefits to all employees
• Featured on The L Word [Showtime’s lesbian drama]
• Recipient of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Corporate Leadership Award
• First automaker to insert custom creative in gay media
• Founding sponsor of the Rainbow Endowment, whose Visa Rainbow Card has raised more than $1.5 million for health, civil rights and cultural causes
• Sponsor of numerous gay and lesbian cultural and athletic events
• Presenting sponsor of the 2004 AIDS LifeCycle.”
Sample ads from past campaigns are pictured, including one with a photo of a Subaru wagon with the slogan above it: “It’s Not a Choice. It’s the Way We’re Built.”
In 2001, all three major domestic auto companies – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – adopted “domestic partner” benefits, with Ford earning a 100% rating this year from the Human Rights Campaign as one of the most “gay-friendly” companies in the U.S.
Not to be outdone, Avis, the rental car agency, purchased a two-page, inside cover ad in the January/February OutTraveler, a companion edition to Out magazine. The ad shows a man with his arms around another man, kissing him on the cheek, with this text:“For over a decade, Avis has automatically included domestic partners as additional drivers in the U.S. No extra fees charged, no questions asked. And now, we’re coming out in grand style, including domestic partners as additional drivers internationally. So go ahead, take a spin.”
While voters are moving to strengthen marriage laws, and parents are fighting to keep homosexual propaganda out of the schools, many of America’s corporate titans have gone pell-mell for the rich, niche, homosexual market. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign calls corporate America “the driving wheel” of homosexual activism.
...You can also respectfully let companies know how you feel about their sponsorship of homosexual activism. It helps the most to contact local dealers, but it’s also good to contact the company.
Customer Service: 1-800-SUBARU3
Eastern Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 Monday-Thursday, 10:30 - 5:00 Friday
Central Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 - 4:00 Friday
Mountain Hours: 7:30 - 4:00 Monday-Thursday, 8:30 - 3:00 Friday
Pacific Hours: 7:30 - 4:00 Monday-Thursday, 7:30 - 2:00 Friday
Written correspondence can be sent to:
Subaru of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 6000
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000
Attn: Customer/Dealer Services
Subaru of America, Inc. does not include Canada, but Subaru Canada, Inc. can be visited at www.subaru.ca.
Avis reservations/comment line: 1 800 230 4898 (United States)
1 800 272 5871 (Canada)
I had to include Actual Freeper Quotes™ on this one...
"Subaru? I always thought faggots liked VW Cabriolets. "
"Subaru must also be promoting the Aids Epidemic then."
"I thought about buying one of their wagons a few years ago until I saw the $25,000 sticker price... for a compact wagon! At that price I could buy a MUCH nicer car from a company that doesn't cater to the fudge packers."
"Shut up! Shut up shut up shut up! (Capriole hides her face in her hands) I bought a Subaru Outback station wagon a couple of years ago because it could carry my kids and a lot of our camping/reenacting/horseback riding gear, go through difficult country with some ground clearance and four-wheel-drive capability, and get much better gas mileage than an SUV that cost the same ($21.5K). And now, despite the NRA, foxhunting, and Confederate First National decals on the back, everybody thinks I'm a lesbian! AAAUGH! Guess I could always trade it in on an F-250 pickup, but then they'd be CONVINCED that I'm a lesbian. I can't win."
"New sales slogan "Subaru; The car most likely to get rear-ended in."
"Cars are not just four wheels, they make a statement. This tells us subaru=homo."
Came across some more; had to share these...
"i suspect most ad execs (like most hollywood/media execs) are gay liberals -- probably worked for volvo before subaru..."
"Boy, am I glad I didn't buy a Subaru. (I was seriously considering it last year) I didn't know about THIS little gem. Of course, the way things are going, I wouldn't be suprised if all car companies "come out of the closet" so to speak soon enough. Sigh. And the degradation of our society continues."
"I guess another clue should have been that one of my Inlaws, a Cornell Prof who lives in Ithaca, the city of Evil, has both a Volvo and a Subaru. It can get tense on occasion since he and his wife are flaming libs. I literally have to leave the room . I once almost got out of the car at in intersection. I was ready to bash his skull in for spouting pure propoganda."
"Soooooo . . . instead of cup holders do Subarus have Gerbil holders ???"
[this one wins the Freep award for most ridiculous comment -- though you have to wonder why this person is paying so much attention to what gay folks are driving, hmm? -- Pam]
"You got to differentiate. Female homosexuals a.k.a. lesbians seem to prefer Foresters (they like cleaning out the underbrush) or Outbacks. Male homosexuals a.k.a. faggots or fairies or whatever like Mazda Miatas and I've seem some lately in those new Mini convertibles. Automakers as well as many other retailers cater to the crowds with the highest disposible incomes. Since the homo community seems to have a collective death wish, it spends like there is no tomorrow and tends to collect certain new cars."
Also see my Daily Kos Recommended Diary on this.
Har har, that's pretty good. Us guys who drive Miatas (best car on the road) have been hearing this kind of talk for years; we're used to it, and we say: Zoom zoom!By , at 12:11 PM
Pam:By , at 5:03 PM
I cannot believe the crap that comes out of the freepers' mouths/keyboards.
How stupid and narrow-minded these idiots are!
If they're such patriots, I would love to know why they are not in Iraq.
They should be enlisting and ready to fly into Baghdad.By Pam, at 7:47 PM
Oh, I love my Subaru even more now!By JayCee, at 12:18 AM
It's the greatest car. I just drove it up a mountain in the snow. It's sooooo manly!
I think the Republican obsession with gay sex is becoming quite embarrassing, really. They seem to LOVE to talk about it!
They probably talk and think about gay sex more than the average gay person does. I will write Subaru and tell them I love their car, and their ad campaign.
This one comment shows just how closed some minds can be:By Winged Cat, at 12:47 AM
"Subaru must also be promoting the Aids Epidemic then."I have news for this person AIDS is an equal opportunity disease.
JayCee, the Right seems to eat, sleep and think almost exclusively about anything gay. It is an obsession. I think there's not-too-well-hidden latency going on there.By Pam, at 1:10 AM
You have to wonder about people who spend so much time thinking about gay sex. Makes one question their actual preferences.By merlallen, at 1:17 AM
I swear, every time I go to FreakRepugnant.com, I want to scrub my iMac in disinfectant afterward.By , at 3:59 AM
By the way, the best car I ever had was a 1981 Subaru DL sedan. It was given to my wife and me by her father, and we put 150,000 trouble-free miles on it. We sold it to a guy in Idaho years ago, and it's probably still running.
"FreakRepugnant.com"; Ken, that one is perfect. (Yes, I surf over there so my readers don't have to!).By Pam, at 5:55 AM
Yes, I heard the Subarus have exceptionally long engine lives -- we hope our 2004 will be around till the wheels fall off!
Sheesh! Had I known that owning a Forester meant I was a lesbian, I certainly would not have ever enjoyed those many sinful and deliciously sensuous heterosexual encounters with my boyfriend in its roomy back seat.By , at 11:31 AM
I am a straight woman through and through, never fell in love with a woman, never wanted to have sex with one. Why can't right wingers leave people alone? We don't condemn their every behavior, but I am thinking perhaps we need to start doing exactly that. We need to stop being so sensitive to their beliefs that are based on ignorance and intolerance.
And all you lesbian gals who do own a Subaru...are they not the greatest cars in the world? They are a sensible choice for anyone.
We love our Subaru...it's so PRACTICAL, lol.By Pam, at 11:38 AM
I would love for Ford to "come out" with an ad saying they are going to market their F-150s to the lesbian market. That would give a helluva lot of rednecks a stroke. :)
the nonsense of the these people....I guess that I'm just a liberal person who thinks that people are people and whatever they do and whatever they drive is their concern and not the concern of the raving idiots who make a scene....most of you morons probably voted for the bush sphincter, anyway.....and make no mistake, for you are morons.....that's just the way it is....By , at 11:14 AM
My grandmother had a term for people like the freepers: "BUSYBODIES" -- people who spend their lives, get their "jollies" from poking and prodding around in other peoples' lives instead of tending to their OWN.By , at 1:19 PM
Interestingly, as she pointed out to me on numerous occasions, it was always the "righteous" religious folk of her neighborhood who were the worst "busybodies."
Poor freepers, they've spent so long in some church, constantly being told what "sinners" they are, that pointing fingers at someone else is the only way they can feel good about themselves (I guess they don't get enough of that from "God's Grace.")
I used to dismiss the lot of them, but we cannot, MUST not, dismiss them as merely a bunch of nuts. The Rabid Religious Right has become a dangerous political force, and threatens to undermine the civil rights of ALL of us who believe in true freedom.
subaru might be gay, but the SRT-4 is still fastArBy , at 5:43 PM
Now I know what they talk about all the time in freeperville- gay sex!!By ronin, at 9:14 PM
What a bunch of brain-dead comments. So these
are the "values" we're supposed to acknowledge? Prejudice & ignorance.
So this is what they talk about all the time in freeperville- gay sex?By , at 9:16 PM
What a bunch of brain- dead comments. Are these the "values" they're always talking about- prejudice and ignorance?
It is the commonality of eliminationism that indicates the workings are of the same power structure that controlled the Nazis:By Comrade Rutherford, at 7:55 PM
"I guess another clue should have been that one of my Inlaws, a Cornell Prof who lives in Ithaca, the city of Evil, has both a Volvo and a Subaru. It can get tense on occasion since he and his wife are flaming libs. I literally have to leave the room . I once almost got out of the car at in intersection. I was ready to bash his skull in for spouting pure propoganda"
This is the core problem. It seems that what is being created here is that: whenever the Commader-In-Chief is ever to infer the command, likely to come after they engineer the next 9/11, it's these Freepers that are to independently act as cleansers. There is quite a large number of American Citizens that wish they could inflict harm on their fellow citizens. And when given the tacit approval to do so by Bush, they will kill us all. Did He Pee was right, vote or die, but unfortunately for us, the vote was rigged months in advance. Unless we act fast, it will be too late.
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