One Million Moms today stands accused by one consumer of fraudulently altering the comments she made in support of Kraft/Nabisco’s LGBT pride rainbow Oreo cookie. One Million Moms, the email-harvesting arm of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, is encouraging Christian parents to send an email through the One Million Moms website to Kraft/Nabisco denouncing their support of gay rights and LGBT people.
The OMM default email (screenshot, above,) reads:
As a parent and a member of OneMillionMoms.com, I am highly offended by your company’s disrespect of millions of American families by supporting the homosexual agenda versus remaining neutral in the cultural war. It’s bad business to take sides, and Oreo has done this by announcing its support of Gay Pride.
If Christians cannot find corporate neutrality with Oreo (Kraft) they will vote with their pocketbook and support companies that are neutral. Selling quality products has nothing to do with a person’s sexual orientation. In attempting to be politically correct, you are offending a huge majority of your customers.
There are plenty of cookies on the market for moms to buy for their families that do not support liberal causes. We have a choice. Kraft Foods, including Oreo, Cadbury, Maxwell House, and Nabisco, will not have my family’s business as a result until you change your stance and decide to no longer cater to homosexuals and their sinful lifestyle choices.
I will not be able to support your corporation until you decide to remain neutral in the culture war. I implore you to consider how your immoral actions affect the youth of our nation.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding my concerns.
But when Doreen Bologovsky tried to use the One Million Moms website to send Kraft/Nabisco a different message — supporting their efforts embracing equality — she says One Million Moms changed her pro-gay message back to the default, anti-gay text.
Bologovsky, in an email forwarded to The New Civil Rights Movement, writes she went to the One Million Moms website and saw their attack on Oreos and was “incensed.” She adds that the OMM website “had ‘suggested’ text in it, but they said you could change it if you want.”
So boy, did I change it. I changed the whole thing and basically applauded Kraft for their creativity and their support of the effort. At the bottom of the email, there’s a checkbox to have a copy sent to yourself. So I did. Imagine my surprise when the copy came to my email box, and none of my changed text was in there. They had sent the original “suggested” text instead! But this time the email addresses of the Kraft execs was in it so I sent them another one, not as eloquent probably as my first, since now I’m pissed.
O’Haire Bologovsky also tells The New Civil Rights Movement via email:
I’m a huge supporter of LGBT rights, but even moreso, I’m a supporter of free speech, and my dad worked for Nabisco for more than 30 years so Oreos are their own special food group for me. Put all three of those things together and this whole thing just burns me up.
Here’s the message O’Haire Bologovsky says she sent to Kraft/Nabisco the second time:
“I just went to the One Million Moms website and there was a sample email that I was supposed to send to you. I changed the text, and just to be safe, had a copy of the email sent to myself. Imagine my surprise when the “canned” email was sent to you instead of my carefully changed text.
“Please be clear that I do NOT support these fanatics, and instead I applaud you and your company (and your advertising reps) for coming up with such an imaginative way to show your support for love in all its forms. We don’t get to choose who we are attracted to, or fall in love with, and those “million” (probably couple hundred is more like it) moms can stay in their kitchens and bake all the homemade cookies they want. I’m running out to buy more Oreos. Even more now that I see how underhanded they are by not sending the email I typed, and sending their own version instead.”
Monica Cole, Director of One Million Moms, responded to a telephone call from The New Civil Rights Movement and summed up their alteration to “a little bug that needs to be worked out.” Cole, via telephone, offered The New Civil Rights Movement this statement in response:
We have a brand new website. And there’s just a couple of bugs in the new website. We are working to resolve this issue and resolve this problem so that the letters can be sent in others, in [an] individual’s own words. They will be able to change the letter, how they would like to write it, in their own words. We’re in the process of getting that resolved right now and fixing that.
While altering and misrepresenting a consumer’s email statement to a third party may or may not be a violation of federal law (any lawyers out there care to weigh in?) One Million Moms, we assume, does have the legal right to delete comments they don’t like from their Facebook page –and that’s exactly what they did — again. Remember when One Million Moms in May deleted dozens of pro-gay comments on their Facebook post warning that Green Lantern was rebooted as gay? And then they gave up and just deleted the entire entry. And then they disappeared from Facebook altogether for a week. “Vacation bible camp” was their reason…
Well, they’ve done it again, and here’s proof, with our thanks to friend of the blog Jeffrey Feldman, who was kind enough and quick enough to grab these screen shots from the One Million Moms Facebook page he says before they deleted these comments:
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