Look, I know there’s still plenty of ignorance and bigotry in the world. And yet, I’m still surprised from time to time. This one actually doesn’t surprise me, but it is worth pointing out.
According to this Buzzfeed article, American Airlines changed their Twitter avatar to celebrate Pride month. I hadn’t noticed yet, but I was in China most of the month, where Twitter is, you know, the devil. I think the look is pretty snazzy:
Shockingly, a member of the evangelical community found it in poor taste:
Nathan Lorick is the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. So, it’s not terribly surprising for him to have that point of view. I applaud American Airlines for two things here.
First, for changing the avatar in the first place here. There was certainly no ground swell I know of to make this sort of effort by large corporations. Lots of corporations are very specific about their logo, so there was likely some thought put into making this change for a month. And, IMO, definitely a good decision. Secondly, their reply was perfect:
No need to explain or justify their actions. I’m sorry he’s disappointed, too. The world is a different place than it was 20 years ago. Heck, with the way legislation related to marriage has changed like a wildfire spreading, the US is vastly different over the past 5 years as it relates to gay marriage, spousal benefits, etc.
Far be it from me to preach to a preacher, but methinks the ship may have sailed. There’s probably a lot fewer people “disappointed” than you think.
Thanks to @clintphenderson on Twitter for pointing this out.
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