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Tell Barilla: Where There is Love, There is Family
  • Petitioning Luca Di Leo

This petition will be delivered to:

Barilla Executive
Luca Di Leo
Barilla Media Relations
Stephanie Sette
Press Office, Barilla
Marina Morsellino

Tell Barilla: Where There is Love, There is Family

    1. Dario Fo
    2. Petition by

      Dario Fo

      Italy

Here is an open letter and petition from Italian Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, asking Guido Barilla, chairman of Barilla Pasta, to make amends for incredibly offensive comments about LGBT people, and create a commercial featuring LGBT families.

Dear Guido Barilla,

I remember the first television commercials for Barilla Pasta, in which I participated as an actor and a writer. They were hugely successful in establishing the Barilla brand. During that time I also had an opportunity to meet Peter, your father. He was a person full of creativity and intelligence, with a passion for arts and culture.

It was in those commercials where we introduced the world to Barilla, and introduced products that have become a symbol of Italy and Italians everywhere. Barilla Pasta is synonymous with Italy, with home, and with family.

Today our country is made up of many families, united by the love. Love that is not able to discriminate, and which has no borders. That love is all over the world and it can come between a man and a woman, two women, or two men.

A family is based on love, and your company’s statements want to represent families.

Asked why your company does not do commercials with gay families, you replied: “I would never do an advert with a homosexual family…if the gays don’t like it they can go and eat another brand. For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the fundamental values of the company.” 

Following these controversial comments, you stated: "I simply wanted to highlight the central role of the woman in the family." And then again: "I have great respect for homosexuals and, of course, I respect the freedom of same-sex marriages."

Guido, your company has come to define Italy -- an Italy that is also made of unmarried couples, extended families, and families with LGBT parents.

That's why I ask you to take this opportunity and to return to the spirit of those commercials I starred in during the 1950s. That's why I ask you to end this controversy, and be an ambassador of equality for all.

I ask you, Guido, to reflect the true Italy of today and become an ambassador of equality and a voice of the present. And I ask you to commit to an upcoming advertising campaign from Barilla, where the family can finally be represented in all its infinite and wonderful shapes of our times.

Dario Fo is an Italian playwright, director, stage designer, composer, storyteller, satirist and actor. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

To:
Luca Di Leo, Barilla Executive
Stephanie Sette, Barilla Media Relations
Marina Morsellino, Press Office, Barilla
Tell Barilla: Where There is Love, There is Family

I ask you, Barilla Pasta, to reflect the true Italy of today and become an ambassador of equality and a voice of the present. And I ask you to commit to an upcoming advertising campaign, where the family can finally be represented in all its infinite and wonderful shapes of our times.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Tim Meserve GJAJKAJ, NH
      • 2 days ago

      bcuz me likes it

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    • Dwayne Byrum ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • 17 days ago

      I am conscious of what my purchases/purchasing power supports...and I do not support ignorance.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 19 days ago

      It is conspicuous that lesbian and homosexual couples worldwide were brutally persecuted, often tortured, raped and killed, incarcerated, although they are live much happier together as heterosexual couples. Threaten these happy people worldwide men with their violence against women in heterosexual couples? This is precisely the fact. Homosexual men reject sexual violence against women and are often good friends of women. Lesbian women live together in peace with their children, without threat of domestic and sexual violence. So what is so terrible to live in lesbian and homosexual couples, I think in democratic countries should it be indifferent of sexual orientation and everyone can live the way he wants, especially the women.

      “The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.”

      ― Rita Mae Brown

      "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come."

      -- Victor Hugo

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    • Joan Wekell TACOMA, WA
      • 22 days ago

      I have a gay son. He is a descent and he is a real contributor to our society. He works hard, respects people,helps other and gives generously to several worthy causes. He is also a very good cook also. When he cooks Italian food he always uses Barilla pasta and so do I. I think I will start using De Cecco Pasta at this time and I think my son probably will too.

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    • Elizabeth O'Dwyer BIGGERA WWATERS, AUSTRALIA
      • 23 days ago

      I hate bigotry.

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