Mike Fuller, owner of the Idaho bar and grill that has boycotted Pepsi, Miller and Coors over its support of LGBT rights, has given Instinct a little more insight into his motives. Check out how Fuller decides which gay products get his axe and which remain on the menu after the jump!
Writes Mike in a statement to Instinct [sic]:
"A lot of companies are considered "gay friendly" for creating non-discriminatory policies for their employees, but this is a bit different than what the NGLCC list of companies do, which is direct influence our national political arena, our politicians and public policies with profits made from their customers. Plus, we try to keep current on most of these issues; however, we also have to put in 60+ hours per week to run a business, so if something has escaped our awareness at this time, hopefully we'll discover it and react to it asap. Doing what we are doing currently is better than doing nothing at all."
What do you think about Fuller's explanation for singling out Pepsi, Miller and Coors from a menu that's teeming with other pro-gay products?
If you find yourself craving a Pepsi in Idaho, don't head to the Waha Bar & Grill! Guess God told the Christian owners of the popular establishment to cut Pepsi from the fountain dispenser and Miller from the tap because HOMOSEZZUALS!! God, however, kinda forget to tell Waha's owners that Coca-Cola and Budweiser (which they still serve) are also pro-gay companies.
Oops, sometimes even She gets it wrong.
"The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an entity that collects money from major corporations to further promote policies for the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and as Christians, we don't support that," said owner Mike Fuller.
Why Waha Bar & Grill is currently not carrying Coors, Miller, or Pepsico products:
Miller/Coors, Pepsico, and many other companies (see list below) have taken a political stance by becoming corporate founders of the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce). The NGLCC is an organization of American businesses unified by a common objective of securing social, economic, and political gains for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Sponsors of the NGLCC donate portions of their sales to support politicians, programs, and policies that pledge support for LGBT issues.
While we believe in the importance of voting at the booth on Election Day, we also believe in voting with the dollars we spend. We are Christians who do not believe in supporting the goals and the politicians who support the goals of the NGLCC. Please consider becoming a conscientious consumer and join with us in requesting that the companies listed below redirect their charitable contributions toward non-divisive, non-political entities and charities such as cancer research, heart disease, or fighting world hunger.
Thank you for your understanding,
Mike and Mari Fuller, owners
Given that... well, really just given common sense, let's cut the "we're banning some gay-friendly drinks because we're Christian" bs and call a spade a spade: You're banning these drinks because you're homophobic bigots, who—as your decision to dump only a few of the many pro-gay companies from your restaurant reminds us—are really good at picking and choosing which "words of God" to follow and to dismiss.
If you were truly upset with supporting companies that push for LGBT rights Mr. Fuller, you'd stop serving Oreos, Stella, Budweiser drinks, and basically all soda, for starters. In fact, it's probably best if you just CTRL + ALT + DLT your entire menu (considering most major food providers are pro-gay nowadays) and start growing your own ingredients. Good luck trying to harvest deep-fried Oreos! I hear they're a real bitch to grow without constant sunlight.
Fuller says he will stop punishing his customers with his odd Pepsi and Miller ban if the companies reject their association with the NGLCC.
Miller's already released a statement promising that'll never happen. (You can hear the gold-medal worthy eye-rolling routine the Miller spokesperson employed while writing this):
"MillerCoors has a strong track record of supporting the diversity of our employees as well as the communities in which we work and live. Due to the diversity and breadth of our consumers and because we believe in supporting the many communities we serve, we support myriad organizations across the country. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is one of many organizations we are proud to support."
Instinct has reached out to Mr. Fuller to find out why he still serves the products of other gay friendly companies and will update this post accordingly.