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Ok, it wasn't diplomatic, business saavy or polite, but I'm glad this guy said it out loud, and sorry his whole family and all of his employees and suppliers are having to pay for it. Anyone in Banff, Alberta need wholesale gourmet food?

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/fallout-from-transphobic-remarks-continues-for-valbella-gourmet-foods-1.6004966

Ok, it wasn't diplomatic, business saavy or polite, but I'm glad this guy said it out loud, and sorry his whole family and all of his employees and suppliers are having to pay for it. Anyone in Banff, Alberta need wholesale gourmet food? https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/fallout-from-transphobic-remarks-continues-for-valbella-gourmet-foods-1.6004966

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No matter how much you agree with his sentiment, it's harmful to condone his words. This comes across as the standard conservative bro viewpoint, and guys like this are making our efforts much less effective. Not to mention that he was speaking for a company that included other people - what a jackass. Imagine if his response had been well reasoned. What if it had revealed a little bit of research or at least thought? What if the wording had been professional instead of purposefully bigoted and inflammatory? Then this message might have actually made a difference and been been (gourmet - ha) food for thought.

I'm just so irritated by the right interfering with the message. My local "pride" event just got violently interrupted by a yahoo like this guy who didn't have anything coherent to say. The fallout is that the "left" is more certain than ever that they're on the correct side, and have been extra extra vocal about "pride" (read: trans and drag) stuff since. Our only hope is converting libfems, and this certainly isn't going to do it.

Interesting thread about this, and the family who owns the store, on Reddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Calgary/comments/w8tivb/a_very_unfortunate_response_from_the_owner_of/

https://archive.today/shAsh

Looks like you got it exactly right. People who are familiar with the family don't have good things to say.

I have met the majority of their family. They are well known in the community as bigots, anti science, and just generally full of hate.

I was in the same French immersion class with Jeff from Kindergarten straight through to High School. He has always been a testicular tumour in the shape of a person.

Valbella also has a Canadian flag draped outside to support the convoy. They are known in town for being hateful, racist, antivaxers. Apparently homophobic too… This doesn’t surprise me at all.

They were full on anti-vax, anti-mask, and anti-AHS from the start of the pandemic.

It’s well-known that this Valbella dude is a massive fan of right-wing politics. Valbella was very open about their support of the convoy on social media and other things like that. His politics aren’t exactly a secret.

Putting all that aside, the response back to the Pride group was unprofessional at best, and the company is lying about some "employee" having made this post and the "employee" having been fired. Not people I'd ever feel comfortable doing business with, even if their products are good. They can't conduct themselves professionally and can't handle a mistake professionally.

Haha! Yes - this is exactly how I was picturing him. Same as the guy at our pride event - driving around with a flag hanging out of his truck. Ridiculous idiots. It sounds like the whole family might deserve to go down.