Trigger Warning. This article will have you raging with anger. There’s an anti-gay group called the One Million Moms in the USA and it is hell-bent on making LGBT+ disappear from all possible spaces. According to Advocate, the group is set out to object the “blink and miss” female couple from… Toy Story 4. Nope, not kidding.
This is the latest effort by the group. On their site, they claim to gotten several shows, toys, and even pastors cancelled. The site also urges people to take action against anything that supports the LGBT+ issues, and of course, offends Donald Trump.
One does not know for sure if the group actually has one million moms supporting it and if it has actually been successful in any of these things.
According to The Advocate, a GLAAD spokesperson said, “While no one believes they actually have 1 million followers [or] 1 million who are moms, it is nearly impossible to pin down just how many people they actually reach,”.
But that’s not all. The spokesperson had more to say about this group that advocates “Decency” and “Family-safe Content”
American Family Association
The parent company is AFA. This secretly anti-LGBT+ of a mess is an offshoot of the AFA. AFA has not mentioned how many people have participated in the efforts of One Million Moms. Despite an inquiry held by The Advocate.
“The parent organization, AFA, claims to have ‘approximately 170,000 subscribers to its monthly flagship publication’ and ‘more than 1 million email subscribers.’ However, these numbers have always been fudged, as AFA is notorious for counting as a supporter anyone whoever fills out one of their forms — something many opponents of the organization do as a way to troll them with oppositional/mocking information.” says a GLAAD spokesperson.
The 1 million figure “is almost certainly much more aspirational than reality,” adds Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People for the American Way.
It would be unfair for us to dismiss One Million Moms so quickly.
The group has never claimed to have a million members let alone mothers. This is what they actually say.
“We are searching for one million moms who are willing to join the fight for our children,”
That is not all, the “About Us” section of the group’s website will have you searching for a pillow to scream into.
“We want our children to have the best chance possible of living in a moral society. Mom, OneMillionMoms.com is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity, and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children. It is time to fight back!”
Ironically, the members don’t have to be mothers. But as long as members have a motherly tendency, right? There is no charge to be a member. There is just one requirement for people to become a member. “To participate in at least one project a week,” according to the site.
Campaigns, and Campaign Failures
Visit the site and you will see a lot of petition sign requests. Their moral concerns stretch from Toy Story 4 to Mattel’s gender-inclusive toys.
The Advocate sites several instances of the group failing repeatedly. They stated that their recent petition against Toy Story 4 has received not more than 15,000 signatures, as checked in October. The petition reads
“I do not appreciate Disney including LGBTQ content in the children’s movie Toy Story 4,”
“There has been a deliberate lack of mentioning this content (homosexual couple). Therefore, families are blindsided intentionally by your company. Actions such as this make me continue to distrust Disney.”
And two years ago, One Million Moms also raised havoc, or rather tried to with a different Disney movie. Beauty and the Beast. The scene implying LeFou, the henchman of villain Gaston, was romantically interested in his boss.
One Million Moms only rose to prominence in 2011 when they raised a petition against Ben & Jerry’s.
For their new ice cream flavor called Schweddy Balls. This was based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, GLAAD notes. The group received national attention the year after. This was a campaign to get JCPenney to ditch Ellen DeGeneres as its spokeswoman.
Well, that did not happen, and the group was forced to move on.
The group also dislikes Disney because they allow Gay Day gatherings at their theme parks. And Montgomery points out that Disney would not put a stop to that.
Whole Foods recently cosponsored a drag queen story hour in Atlanta. One Million Moms urged the American Library Association not to allow member libraries to host such events. With just 12,000 signatures, it did not make the impact it was looking to. They have also made a petition for the ALA. The Advocate stated that the ALA has stressed that the decisions on hosting drag queen story hours are up to individual libraries.
Taking Credits, Faking Credits
As mentioned earlier, the group has been taking claiming success even if they haven’t really succeeded. Pete Montgomery said, “certainly haven’t been able to purge the airwaves of gay characters,”.
This does not take away from the fact that One Million Moms, or their parent company, American Family Association is anti-LGBT+. Very much so. According to Montgomery, Bryan Fischer, AFA talk show host and columnist, has often likened LGBTQ+ people to Nazis, and demonize Jews, Muslims, Mormons, and gay conservatives.
Finally, here are Montogomery’s main take-away points:
One, “I think the AFA has a significant reach,” (It has a $19 million annual budget)
Two, the Million Moms and AFA “promote a lot of antigay bigotry, but they’re not having the impact they want to have,”
And three, while countering the hate, it’s also important to note that major corporations are not running scared because of the One Million Moms campaigns, and neither should anyone else.