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posted Friday, April 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 17
Tony Perkins: Mike and Ike 'divorce' is 'sexualizing candy'
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Tony Perkins: Mike and Ike 'divorce' is 'sexualizing candy'

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Candy. That's right - Mike and Ike candies are the latest target of Family Research Council's Tony Perkins. This story was too ridiculous to pass up. Seattle Gay News just had to include it in this week's edition.

Zack Ford, a Gay writer for www.thinkprogress.org, said, 'It's unclear whether Mike and Ike are a married Gay couple or merely business partners, but for now, they have split up, opting to pursue competing interests.'

'The candy bearing their names has launched an ad campaign about the fictional invisible characters' breakup, with Mike pursuing a career in music and Ike pursuing one in art,' continued Ford. 'The Huffington Post chimed in that the two are heading for a 'Gay divorce' (language so far not found anywhere in the ad campaign), and now the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins is very concerned about the 'fruity pair' and their 'sexualizing candy.'

Here is what Perkins had to say on his radio broadcast of Right Wing Watch, 'These days, you can't get a sugar high without experiencing a cultural low. & There's trouble in candy land. After more than 70 years together, Mike and Ike are calling it quits. The duo is staging a Gay divorce as part of a new ad campaign to draw in younger customers. In this society, even candy has an agenda! From Facebook to Tumblr, the fruity pair says, 'The rumors are true. We just couldn't agree on stuff anymore.' Starting this summer, the company will spend $15 million on billboards and TV commercials that poke fun at the breakup. It's just another subtle example of society chipping away at the value of marriage. And I don't know what's more disturbing - that advertisers think divorce appeals to kids or that sexualizing candy will make people buy more. After a year-long buildup, the company will reveal if the couple reconciles. Until then, look for Mike and Ike to have a distinctly liberal flavor.'

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