Miller Brewing Company has issued a formal apology for the offense caused by the use of Miller brand logos on a poster promoting the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. The company said it has taken action to ensure that such an incident will not happen again. However, Catholic League President Bill Donohue finds the apology "insulting". Here is his reaction:
The Miller Brewing Company and the Board of Directors of the Folsom Street Fair have both issued press statements this week apologizing for the offensive Last Supper poster that was used to promote the event. As such, they have insulted Catholics one more time. Let me be specific.
“The poster was the least offensive part of this Catholic-bashing forum. What was even more offensive was the sight of Christian symbols being sold at this Miller-sponsored fair as sex toys. The obscene and blasphemous names of these vulgar sex toys are so disgusting that no mainstream newspaper would print them. Then there was the incredible sight of a stripper and a man dressed as Jesus hoisted in cages above a Catholic church on a Sunday. This was done to provoke, taunt and insult Catholics. And who greeted everyone at the street fair? Men dressed as nuns. Had they been dressed like Al Jolson—with blackened faces—they would have been run out of town as racists.
The rest of this is unbelievably disgusting - I felt sick reading it -but it explains in detail why Donohue is not accepting Miller's apology at this time. They need to promise that they will never sponsor another Catholic - bashing and morally depraved event like this again. It's one thing to admit your sinfulness and wrongdoing, but you need to make a firm purpose of amendment not to repeat the same sin again. This one was very serious!
***Update: MILLER’S LATEST APOLOGY REJECTED
October 29, 2007
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on Miller’s apology of Oct. 26:
“They either don’t get it or they think we’re stupid. Miller’s latest apology is nothing but a rehash of what it has been saying all along—it limits its apology to the use of its logo on the offensive Last Supper promotional poster for the Folsom Street Fair. But it still refuses to apologize for the anti-Catholic nature of the event itself. As we have repeatedly said, sacred symbols were sold as sex toys at the Miller-sponsored event, a stripper and a man dressed as Jesus were hoisted in cages above a Catholic church on a Sunday, and men mocked nuns in the street. Evidently, Miller thinks these kinds of things are okay.
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