NOM’s Brian Brown Blasts Cereal Maker General Mills for ‘Declaring War on Marriage’

General Mills spit in Brian Brown's Cheerios yesterday when it declared its opposition to Minnesota's anti-gay marriage amendment.

BrownNOM's Brown:

"Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is profoundly in the common good, and it is especially important for children," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "General Mills makes billions marketing cereal to parents of young children. It has now effectively declared a war on marriage with its own customers when it tells the country that it is opposed to preserving traditional marriage, which is what the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment does."

"This will go down as one of the dumbest corporate PR stunts of all time," said Brian Brown. "It's ludicrous for a big corporation to intentionally inject themselves into a divisive social issue like gay marriage. It's particularly dumb for a corporation that makes billions selling cereal to the very people they just opposed."


  1. LiamB says

    Didn’t they say the exact same thing about Starbucks? How’d that work out for you, Brian?

  2. JerzeeMike says

    Name-calling, like profanity, is the sign of a weak mind. That said, it’s NOT dumb, Brian! YOU’RE dumb! DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!!!!

  3. coolbear says

    To paraphrase Mr. Brown, this will go down in history as on of the dumbest instances of failing to get the point in history. Breakfast cereal is in favor of gay marriage, dude. Breakfast cereal! What else do you need? Puppies? Apple pie?

  4. Matt26 says

    The pic gives me the same reaction everytime I see it and it isn’t a nice one.
    BB’s fight is already a lost case.

  5. Rob says

    “Dumb” is the newest study on gay parent,s which Bria, you paid for, with your preconceived results dictated by you. Ha, Ha. Do you think nobody would find out!!LOLOLOLOL

  6. Mickey says

    “This will go down as one of the dumbest corporate PR stunts of all time,”

    Says the man with the failed Starbucks boycott. LMAO

  7. says

    GM is a rather progressive and forward-looking company. In 2005 they reformulated several of their cereals to use whole grain flour rather than bleached-white-death, and most do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

  8. james says

    @David Ehrenstein: Snap, Crackle, and Pop are from Kellogg’s.

    General Mills has Count Chocula, Franken-berry, the Leprechan, the Silly Rabbit, the Pillsbury Dough-Boy, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, the Hamburger Helper helping hand, and all those hot athletes on Wheaties boxes.

    Nope, nothing gay about any of those characters.

  9. FernLaPlante says

    There has to be a video of Brian soliciting gay sex or having a wide stance in a men’s room. Someone needs to find this (probably in a tryst with Marcus Bachmann.)

  10. Matt N says

    Should Brian have stopped using technology at this point?

    I mean, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon all support same-sex marriage.

    One good thing to come out of this: if enough food companies support same-sex marriage it’ll help Brian slim down a bit.

    P.S. Brian, most parents of ‘young children’ are in the age group that overwhelmingly supports same-sex marriage. Good luck!

  11. Gregv says

    What’s really ludicrous is claiming victim status because a company treats you as an equal rather than as superior to other people. If General Mills treats Jewish and Christian people with the same respect, does that mean they are “at war” with Christians? If they give men and wonen the same salary, are they “at war” with men?

    The majority of Americans now realize that they have friends and family who are gay. But of course Brian knows that those people are not the customer base who eat Cheerios like the “traditional families” with whom they are “at war.”. They have no appetite after drinking the blood of Christian babies.

  12. Christian says

    Have any of you clicked through to the original post the quotes in this article come from? Read the comments of other NOM supporters. It’s quite depressing, angering, and actually made me feel sick. I understand why these people hate us so much, but it still shocks and saddens me.

  13. Paul B. says

    Lucky for General Mills, BB is there to help them with corporate decision making…because obviously they can’t do that correctly without him. Where was the world before BB got involved in all our lives…personal & corporate??

  14. The Milkman says

    Christian, it’s easy to get depressed when reading those comment pages. Just remember that the NOM echo chamber amplifies the sentiments of a small group of people. This is true of all comments pages, including this one.

  15. GulliverUK says

    He really does come across as a serial bully – whenever he opens his mouth he’s having a go at someone who has a different opinion to him. Must be one fun guy to know ! :)

  16. james says

    @David Ehrenstein 1:51. I did not know that, David. I always thought Betty Crocker and the Jolly Green Giant were a couple. Where did Little Green Sprout come from if not from an opposite gender liasion.

    Although, come to think of it, has any ever met Mr. Crocker?

  17. meowen says

    we need to spend more time voicing our side on their blog, it really frustrates the haters over there…

  18. Michaelandfred says

    Poor sad little Brian. His 15 minutes (and salary) will soon be over. I guess if he has to go out it might as well by saying more and more outrageous things. The good think for him is that two years from now when he’s forgotten he can finally come out of the closet.

  19. StevyD says

    One would have to be stupid or NOM-ied to think that any (actually, it’s many) major Company would try to destroy a highly regarded institution (like marriage) when it’s practiced (or would be if they could) by such a large percentage of their customers.
    NOM-ied = Zombied

  20. michaeld2013 says

    Does this closet case actually expect me to give up my partner, renounce 50+ years of being gay and run right out to marry a woman…because he thinks that’s the only way to be “happy.”

  21. Dave says

    Brian Brown of NOM is a Nazi along with his other Nazi anti-gay Christians terrorist.

  22. Matt says

    This guy has based his life in hypocrisy, and here he is, criticizing a company that doesn’t adhere to his rules and ideas. NOM has always been a bad joke, but all these recent blunders have turned it into a joke even amongst it’s peers. They’re the ones killing the social conservative movement, and all they’re doing is opening their big fat mouths.

  23. Kelly green says

    GregV, above, your comment is spot on.

    Brian Brown’s only acceptable food sources are apt to be non-General Mills, non-Starbucks, non-Kraft, non-Kellogg’s, etc. products sold at ExxonMobil MiniMarts. Maybe he can live off of off-brand cellophane bags of circus peanuts washed down with off-brand malt liquor.

    Or a healthier choice would be for Brown and Peter LaBarbera to start growing their own crops on the grounds of their respective mansions. Call it the “God’s Own Acres o’ Hate Co-op.”

    Oh, and by the way, giant corporations like General Mills, with millions of consumers purchasing their products every single day, do not make these decisions lightly. Brown may, like a 10 year-old, wish to call anything he doesn’t like “dumb,” but that hardly makes it true. General Mills knows what they are doing here. They’ve made a decision that is best for their business.

    (Now, I happen to think that what they sell is virtually all unhealthy — unless you are into jerking your blood sugar around — but that’s another discussion…)

  24. Oliver says

    Here’s an idea for you Brian: Start buying General Mills products and pour them down a storm drain. Film it. Put it on Youtube.

  25. andrew says

    The real enemies of marriage are heterosexuals like Newt Gingrich who time and again violate their marriage vows.

  26. andrew says

    It may be that the election of Ronald Reagan, a divorced and remarried man to the presidency began the dissolution of marriage in America.

  27. Dave says

    Brian Brown shirt is the new Hitler for the anti-gay Nazi Christian supremacist party that wants to put gays in concentration camps again. He is an evil man and his people are sick people who what to hate and harm people they do not like by stopping them from getting equal marriage and equal rights.

  28. Dave says

    What makes Brian Brown shirt so crazy is the fact he and his anti-gay Nazi Christian Supremacist think they are at war with gays. The war he is fighting is in his head. America LGBT people just want to marry the one they love. Gays are not at “war” they just want the same equal and Civil Rights most Americans already have in America. Why these anti-gay Christians want to make a war on their fellow citizens is proof they are mentally sick and need treatment. The Christian psychiatrist who are shocking the genitals of gay children to make them “straight” should be shocking the brains of these anti-gay Christians who are fighting a war in their minds that does not exist to anyone but them. The trouble is they strike out at anybody they think is a threat to them. Again this is proof they have a mental problem and need treatment.

  29. Mousemess says

    Brian Brown,

    Don’t you ever brush your teeth? They are badly stained by coffee and cigarettes. They’re gross just like the NOM you’re president of.

  30. Mousemess says

    Brian Brown,

    Don’t you ever brush your teeth? They are badly stained by coffee and cigarettes. They’re gross just like the NOM you’re president of.