(original photo replaced with this, so as to not offend veterans, I don't make a habit of doing this, but as Croak had said, he and I imagine some other veterans may be offended by the original photo. that was never my intention.)
Ford's going to take a lot more heat after their decision to cave in to the AFA. The blogsphere is rife with articles on the subject, as is the mainstream media. I've read on CarPundit's site, references to old man Henry's historic intolerance. Ford despite years of working with different groups towards tolerance and civil rights, has taken a big mis-step here. The LGBT community is not about to be marginalized by a major corporation.
I would wager there are more people carrying this flag on fifth avenue, than there are in the AFA. I would bet a year's salary on it. Think about it boys and girls, if 10% of the population is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered, that's a lot of folks. And if Wall Street and Madison Avenue are right, that this community is proportionally more affluent than the community at large, then smart money would market to them right? Oh wait, Smart Money does market to the Gay community. In researching this piece, and past posts on the subject, I have noticed many ads for Subaru, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Saab and others on Gay and LGBT websites.
Face it folks Ford screwed the pooch on this one, the AFA has unsucessfully boycotted the likes of WalMart and Disney, having no effect on either company. Hell, these idiots boycotted WalMart and forgot, while they gave WalMart an award. Ford could have just given them a new ClubWagon van, to get them to their next protest, but instead Ford has brought more bad press their way, and potentially pissed of an afluent influential consumer base.
Stupid stupid stupid, after all those years of trying to forget old man Henry's love of Hitler and the Nazis and his hate of the Jews, Ford has really stepped in it now. Unless they make a complete turn around, in a very public way, they will be the new posterboy for intolerance.
I found the link to Robert F's article at CarPundit's blog, thanks CP.
Update, new link from reader; http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/12/ford-spokesmen-jim-cain-and-mike-moran.html
The shit storm starts.