I really didn’t expect to be writing about this regularly. Honestly. But, this is too good…
I wrote last week about the American Family Association’s boycott of Gap, Inc. Just as a reminder, the AFA took umbrage that Gap would not specifically cater to Christianity by taking what Gap called a more inclusive approach. How dare they!
Since then, Gap has released this amazing ad, which I never get tired of seeing:
Two, Four, Six, Eight, ’tis the time to liberate
Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, Go Kwanzaa, Go Solstice.
Go classic tree, go plastic tree, go plant a tree, go without a tree,
You 86 the rules, you do what just feels right.
Happy do whatever you wanukkah, and to all a cheery night.
Go Christmas, Go Hanukkah, go whatever holiday you wanukkah.
(I had originally copied the lyrics from the AFA Action Alert and then realized it was rife with errors, not unlike the signs we tend to see at TeaBagger rallies.)
The ad is the perfect reply, I think. It’s a celebration of diversity. It’s holding true to the intentions and really sending a message that Gap welcomes shoppers of all varieties. I’m inspired to go plant a tree!
But speaking of diversity, Ann Coulter thinks diversity is a cancer. In response to the Ft. Hood shootings, she condemned diversity today as only a white conservative can.
“Diversity” is a difficulty to be overcome, not an advantage to be sought. True, America does a better job than most at accommodating a diverse population. We also do a better job at curing cancer and containing Pollution. But no one goes around mindlessly exclaiming: “Cancer is a strength!” “Pollution is our greatest asset!”
She goes on to say that diversity is only a strength when we use different legal tribunals to adjudicate transgressions. (She would of course prefer that terrorists not be treated with any legal decorum.)
So if we take the despicably xenophobic approach to diversity that Coulter suggests, it’s easy to see why the AFA is flummoxed by the new Gap ad. Here’s what their Action Alert says tonight:
Did you notice it? Gap compares Christmas to the pagan holiday called “Solstice.” Solstice is celebrated by Wiccans who practice witchcraft!
Gap also encourages you to “86” or “dismiss” traditions and “do what feels just right.”
Take our Poll! Since Gap has now included the word “Christmas” in a television ad, should AFA call for an end to the boycott of their stores?
You can take the poll yourself if you’d like. Note that the poll is titled “Gap responds with ad disrespecting Christians.” I voted, “No,” because I think it’s important to hold people to the standards they set for themselves. If this is all about catering to Christian privilege, then that’s what it’s about! Diversity is a no-no!
The important thing to remember, as the LA Times points out, is that AFA’s boycotts generally help the companies they’re boycotting.
This behavior seems to me to be entirely self-destructive. Nobody is fighting the “War on Christmas” except the Christians. Let’s let them be the source of their own contempt!
AFA, keep it up! Go, ho, ho!