McDonald’s Blocking WiFi Access To Gay Websites To Ensure Restaurants Are ‘Family Friendly’

Remember that time McDonald's tried reaching to gay fans of heart disease and cholesterol spikes with that France-only ad featuring a son coming out to his father? It got the U.S. National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce so furious with the restaurant chain it dropped all ties with McDonald's, claiming the ad — which the burger giant went on to say would never air in the U.S. — amounted to "blatant geographic pandering to the LGBT community … while McDonald’s has continued to distance itself from the LGBT segment in the United States. To allow people to believe that McDonald’s is the kind of partner portrayed in this ad would be a complete failure on our part to serve as an honest and trusted resource for LGBT people and our families to help make informed decisions in the marketplace." Well at least McDonald's isn't blatantly pandering to the LGBT community in New Zealand: The chain's restaurants there are blocking gay and gay-friendly websites from being accessed on its free WiFi connection. The Internet access, now available in 132 New Zealand locations, won't let visitors check out sites like GayNZ.com, NZDating.com, and the support service group Rainbow Youth's site. Don't worry: AaronAndAndy.com and the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's page were still accessible. Why the blockade? Because, of course, McDonald's wants to make sure any computer screens in its shops are family friendly. Says McDonald's managing director Mark Hawthorn: "We do have a responsibility to make sure any information available on our system is child friendly and we will go a long way to protect that." Five hundred seventy-six calories in a Big Mac, then, is child friendly?


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Amtrak Selectively Blocking And Unblocking The Entire Gay Internet

If you've ever ridden one of Amtrak's government subsidized cattle cars, you know your main goal is arriving on time, followed in close second by leaving on time, or maybe it's not have obnoxious bratty kids running up and down the aisle while you're nursing a hangover. But to be fair, it's also nice to be able to use Amtrak's wifi service to read about The Gays without being told you're trying to access porn.

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Obama administration blocking Courage Campaign site, while Teabagger site is okay

Can’t wait to hear the excuse for this one.

From the Hill:

A progressive activist group in California is complaining that the Pentagon has prevented soldiers from accessing its web site in Iraq.

The group argues that Californians serving in Iraq who will vote on a series of ballot measures on Tuesday do not have access to the Courage Campaign “voters guide,” which might help them make decisions.

The Hill independently confirmed that the Tea Party Express site can be accessed on Defense Department computers while the Courage Campaign site cannot be accessed. Courage campaign said it has received information that web sites affiliated with the Traditional Values Coalition, California Election Forum and Christian Voter Guide through the Defense Department computers in Iraq.

And this had better not be the reason:

However, there could be other possible explanations for the blocked site, such as an automatic filter that sifts through specific words. The Courage Campaign site uses multiple references to “sex” (as in same-sex marriages) and “gay” (as in anti-gay, or gay rights). The site also contains information and action items on the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

And I don’t want to hear “it’s the Pentagon, not the President.” Is he in charge of his own administration or not?  We’d never have given George Bush a pass for something nasty “an agency” did to us.




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