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TOMS Shoe Founder Apologizes For Speaking At Anti-Gay Christian Group Event
Toms Shoes Founder Might Not Be Psyched About Gay Marriage - Gothamist
Soulforce, the gay rights organization that exposes anti-gay religious groups, notes in a special report that FOTF has pushed such ideas that homosexuality is a mental disorder caused by family problems and bad parenting, that gays want to destroy marriage and the family, that same-gender parents are unfit and seek to hurt children, that homosexuality can be prevented by parents and cured through 'reparative therapy,' and that gays are sick, ungodly people who want 'special rights,' not civil rights. Mycoskie, who lives on a sailboat in Los Angeles, says he simply didn't know about these things. TOMS has a large gay clientele — take a walk in any gay neighborhood and you'll see someone wearing a pair of the slipper-like shoes — and is now ripe for a very public boycott. Folks on Facebook and elsewhere are willing to take Mycoskie's word that he made a mistake and didn't properly vet Focus on the Family. Guess a handsome, rich guy with a friendly smile thinks he can charm his way out of this brouhaha, but his excuse doesn't quite pass the smell test.
Did TOMS' Blake Mycoskie Really Not Know About Anti-Gay Focus on the Family?
This article is from the archive of our partner. Last week, Mycoskie headlined an event hosted by the Christian group. Alienated commenters on one of Mcyoskie's blog posts noted their disappointment, but the founder didn't respond, even though he engaged with other non-Focus on the Family related comments--including one about his eyewear.
Recently, Blake Mycoskie, founder of Tom's Shoes, issued a public apology for his affiliation with Focus on the Family, the megawatt fundamentalist Christian power brokerage founded by Dr. James Dobson. Blake said he did not know the extent of Focus's anti-gay beliefs and efforts and that if he had known, he would not have agreed to present at one of their events. Media reports now indicate that Blake has distanced himself from Focus on the Family and their leaders have responded that it is a shame that he separated from them since all they want to do is help people and win them to Jesus. And, Blake could have helped them do that but for the interference of a bunch of pesky gay people who called him into account for the company he was keeping.