New Jersey chef and Italian grocer Joe Leone has dumped Barilla
pasta over anti-gay remarks made by company president Guido Barilla.
Barilla's comments that gays will never appear in Barilla ads
provoked calls for a boycott of the brand.
Barilla apologized for his remarks in a statement and in a video
posted online. He's also promised to meet with LGBT rights
Barilla apologizes on video; says he'll meet with gay rights groups.)
Leone, the owner of Joe Leone's Italian Specialty Store in Point
Pleasant Beach, Joe Leone's Gastronomia in Sea Girt and Joe Leone's
catering, told the Courier-Post
that he's donating his remaining inventory of Barilla pasta to a
local food bank and cutting off ties with the Parma, Italy-based
pasta company after a two-decade relationship.
Leone said he has friends and employees who are gay.
“We are a family here at Joe Leone's,” Leone told the paper.
“I feel that our family is attacked.”
He said that he spends about $40,000 a year on Barilla pasta.
When asked about Barilla's apology, Leone answered: “You don't
have to apologize for things you never say.”