More

A commercial was pulled in America. It's time to turn the Tide.

Dear Tide, A+ for the commercial. We are totally ready for it in America. Bring it.

A commercial was pulled in America. It's time to turn the Tide.

Some companies have been successfully marketing to the LGBTQ community for 30 years.

(Thanks, Absolut!)


Lately, more and more companies have come to realize that gay people like to buy things as much as straight people do (sometimes even more).

Like Starbucks, which used sassy drag queens to sell more coffee with "Coffee Frenemies."


And Target, which wanted to capitalize on all the new gay weddings. (Smart.)

And Apple.


And remember last year when Nabisco did a little "Dadvertising" with its Wholesome campaign?

It's just smart marketing.

Community Marketing Inc. determined that LGBTQ people are twice as likely to own a vacation home, travel more, and spend more money on clothes and electronics. Plus, the LGBTQ community tends to be very brand-loyal.

Every year, Community Marketing Inc. asks the LGBTQ community about brands they specifically bought because of a pro-LGBTQ message (check out a link to the full, fascinating report in the About section below). It's not a surprise that the top brands are Starbucks, Target, Apple, and Nabisco. The chart below gives a rundown of the top 12.

And the LGBTQ community is keenly aware of people who don't support them.

Negative brand recognition is also a factor companies look at. Chick-fil-A had the most negative reputation for its anti-gay views. It's also interesting to note that Target was not gay-friendly until just a few years ago, but now, it's among the top pro-LGBTQ brands.


It's a little surprising that a giant American-owned company — Proctor & Gamble, the makers of Tide — doesn't feel good about airing commercials about gay people in the United States.

Especially since it's estimated that gay people are responsible for $133 billion in spending a year.

I give Tide props for making this adorable commercial, but it's time to #TurnTheTide and let them know that gay people like clean clothes too.

The #TurnTheTide hashtag is being used in relation to this commercial. If you are interested in letting Tide know that you are ready to see men who like clean clothes too, you can call them at 1-800-879-8433.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

Keep Reading Show less
Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
True

Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

Keep Reading Show less