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Cheerios’ New “Gay” Ad Is, Yes, Still About Family

 

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I’m sure there are folks out there who dislike Cheerios. I, personally, can’t imagine why, but that’s how life is. Some will love the cereal, some will hate the cereal, even though it’s great for heart health and makes your GI tract live like an upstanding citizen (don’t play coy, y’all know exactly what I’m talking about). But if you can’t get down with the message General Mills has been gently pushing for the past year or so, we can’t be friends. Because while opinions are like assholes (everyone has them), if you’re of the mind that all families aren’t deserving of consideration and support, there’s a door you can find and see yourself right out of. Bye!

 

Anyhoo, our friends at General Mills have just released a new Cheerios ad featuring not only a *gasp* GAY couple, but also a couple who adopted outside their race as only the love is important. The ad is poignant and may have made me tear up just a bit though that’s likely also due to the knowledge that a lot of conservative/Right Wing folks will be bent over the ad’s existence. Why? Well, because they’re similarly displeased by the existence of families like that in the first place. This new ad follows on the heels of the original two “controversial” TV spots, first featuring a biracial family, then featuring said family expanding even further. I know right, the.horror. *eye roll*

 

The point of these commercials isn’t to enrage any particular group though. The message is simply that all types of families, are families. Families who love and care for each other the same way mainstream media has been telling us that only the stereotypical straight, White, English speaking, shrinking middle class family is, since its inception; Commercials like these help people open their minds and hearts, while still others feel more accepted and recognized. There’s no clearer indication that we, as a society, have more to work on than this inclusive idea STILL pissing people off. Watch for yourself and feel free to cry…right into your Cheerios.

 

Tom Daley Comes Out As Bisexual, On His Own Terms

via Swimming.org
photo courtesy of Swimming.org

 

Several hours ago, Tom Daley uploaded an important video to Youtube. Using the most efficient and personal method possible, the British Olympic diver took to the ‘net to reveal his sexuality and current relationship status sans filter. It’s a heartfelt video in which he speaks directly to the public, but most importantly, to his fans.

There are plenty of people out there who have already rolled their eyes at Tom’s actions. “Why did he feel the need to come out at all? Why does anyone?” Well, that’s just it; it was his need. It’s a need of many who struggle with how much to reveal about themselves in order to live a “true” existence, especially if they’re frequently in the public eye with media putting words in their mouth. Far be it from anyone to dictate what anyone else may feel theĀ need to do in regards to something like this.

But, hey, there will always be pissers in the figurative Cheerios! One thing that can’t be denied is Tom Daley’s bravery, his happiness in being at a place in his life where coming out feels right for him. It’s something doubly important in the face of Russia’s current policies during this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics.

“Of course, I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier”.

Neither could we, Tom, for you. Bisexual visibility, y’all. *fist pump*

Watch the video here: