Lewis Black’s absolutely delicious take on the Barilla pasta anti-gay brouhaha (video)

Lewis Black, on the Daily Show, doing an absolutely hysterical segment on the Barilla pasta anti-gay brouhaha, where the famous pasta maker said it would not include gays in its advertising because it believes in the traditional family, and it believes in the central role of women in the family (presumably sweating behind a pot of boiling pasta).


Black is, as usual, beyond hysterical. I laughed out loud, especially at the end. Watch and enjoy.

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  • Butch1

    A “different view” is a euphemistic way of saying it nicely that a person is homophobic or bigoted towards gay people and their families. Gay people have children just like straight people and they marry in just the same way. There is no difference; a family is a family.. It is only bigoted homophobes who try and make a differentiation between them.

  • Jonathan Kuperberg

    No, not “homophobia”, just different views about family to yours.

  • Butch1

    I think the only emotional attachment is their homophobia and that will bring them to the product just for spite whether they bought the product before or not.

  • Ryan

    One big difference between this and Chick-fil-A is that people already had an emotional attachment to it. I’m not sure anyone has any attachments to Barilla.

  • Will

    Gay lifestyle? Did he just say gay “lifestyle”? As opposed to Straight lifestyle?

  • Butch1

    The republicans will make sure they go out and buy his pasta just like they went to the Chik a fil or what ever those places are called after we mentioned boycotting them. You can count on it.

  • Lewis Black is a national treasure!

  • judybrowni

    Nice catch, Lewis.

    It took a comedian to do the research and actually compare what Barilla says are in his commercials and the reality.

    Journalists are the true clowns, I guess.

  • judybrowni

    Barilla is thanking his lucky stars the Republicans have decided to blow up this country.

    Some of the heat is off Barilla, although if Republicans have their way and bankrupt the world economy, nobody straight will be able to buy his pasta, either.

  • jomicur

    I’m not particularly a fan of standup, but I have to say that everything Lewis Black does is delicious. Everything.

  • Monoceros Forth

    It’s an excellent point. Barilla’s commercials really don’t look all that different from the commercials for a million other products, with their appeal to youth and to sex, but I guess Guido Barilla wants us to imagine it’s all sepia-toned images of beaming children served pasta by a kindly, grey-haired materfamilias.

  • Strepsi

    The best part — that I have not seen discussed anywhere, including here — is showing how in reality Barilla does not EVER show traditional families in its ads! They are all sexy singles on the make….

    Very well done.

  • pappyvet

    I love Lewis Black,that was so funny! Thanks John

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