One Million Moms urges Uber Eats to end a new campaign starring Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness.
The Christian group claims that the ads “propel the LGBTQ agenda for families”.
In an email to members, OMM Director Monica Cole called Van Ness, who identifies as non-binary but mainly uses his pronouns, accused a “crossdresser” and Uber Eats of “attempting to brainwash viewers to undergo … instead of focusing on providing a helpful service, especially during a pandemic. “
Commercials featuring Biles, the gold medalist and reality TV star, were released last week. At one point she starts a series of flips before declaring, “Tonight I’m going to have cheesy cauliflower pizza with extra broccolini.”
Van Ness then enters the gym in the same jersey and announces that he has the same order.
“Everything Simone Biles can do, Jonathan Van Ness can… in his own amazing way,” it says on YouTube.
In a follow-up clip, Biles asks Van Ness, a former high school cheerleader, if he would like to share his falafel wrap with the words “Splitsies?” He gets this wrong and instead splits the balance beam.
“Rather than making audiences lose their appetite by glorifying an LGBTQ lifestyle,” said Cole, “Uber Eats should focus on what it does and remain neutral on controversial issues.”
She added that “seeing someone dancing around in the clothes of the opposite sex” is detrimental to those struggling with their sexual identity.
An online petition asking the ridesharing app to run the ads has received more than 6,000 signatures so far.
“Supporting the LGBTQ agenda against neutrality in the culture war is just bad business,” some say. “If Christians fail to find corporate neutrality with Uber Eats and Uber, they will vote with their money and support neutral companies.”
A million mothers did not respond to a request for comment.
The group, an offshoot of the American Family Association, frequently protests against LGBTQ programs and advertising. Last year it was Disney / Pixar’s Toy Story 4, in which two mothers drop their child off at school. A December 2019 petition asking the Hallmark Channel to remove an ad featuring a same-sex wedding received more than 36,000 signatures.
Uber said it stood by the campaign and its stars.
“At Uber Eats, we advocate the representation of the spectrum of flavors without apology,” a spokesman told NBC News. “From tacos to talent, we like it hot. JVN and Simone serve as gymnastics and … confidence, traits that millions of mothers everywhere can – and do – support. “
The ads are part of Uber Eats’ “I’ll eat tonight” campaign, which brings celebrities together in humorous encounters. In previous episodes, science fiction legends Mark Hamill and Patrick Stewart argue over who ordered the better food.
The two actors exchange barbs as they try to fight each other in air hockey and Connect Four.
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