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Crate & Barrel Features Gay Couple in Latest Catalog: PHOTOS


Crate & Barrel features a gay couple in a catalog spread advertising pasta-making equipment. The couple is seen preparing dinner together and enjoying it later, on a page featuring wine glassware.

The copy reads: "Spend a Saturday night at home, cooking together, dining together. Music, candlelight and a good bottle of wine, and you can have the table as long as you like."

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  1. One Million Moms panties in a twist in 5...4...3...

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Jan 9, 2013 8:09:11 AM

  2. Bwaaaa... Ours came in the mail yesterday. And interestingly, we have that same pasta maker, and a rack of Wusthoff knives. Truth in advertising!

    Posted by: acorlando | Jan 9, 2013 8:50:33 AM

  3. I agree with Mark, looks like there's gonna be trouble...

    Posted by: Michael Graye | Jan 9, 2013 9:15:17 AM

  4. My partner and I just registered for a pasta maker at C&B the other day. Weird coincidence.

    Posted by: JD | Jan 9, 2013 9:20:45 AM

  5. Just saw this yesterday and the gay couple's 'story' is at the end. It caught me by surprise and made me smile so hard. I went back and paid attention to the rest of the narrative. It had a nice blend of male/female with a good mix of seating and chatting arrangements - not obviously het or gay pairings, which was refreshing.

    Posted by: Book | Jan 9, 2013 10:30:10 AM

  6. That's nice. :)

    Posted by: Miguel | Jan 9, 2013 11:43:48 AM

  7. I had one of those manual ones 15 years ago, only used it twice and yard saled it.

    I want them to invent one where you put the ingredients in one end, turn it on, a while later it beeps and the pasta comes out the other end ready to pop in water...

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jan 9, 2013 12:29:47 PM

  8. Obviously Crate & Barrel knows who their market really is. I'd be willing to bet that if the "One Million Moms" (all 10,000 of them) put together an OMM cookbook most of the recipes would start with a can of mushroom soup and a bag of Ore-Ida frozen potatoes. And no Christian Right "table-scape" is complete without Franklin Mint plates!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 9, 2013 2:06:59 PM

  9. Ha ha ha ; it all reminds me of the truth of the remark in " Steel Magnolias":

    "How can you tell they are gay ?
    They're all called Mark, Rick or Steve and they all have track lighting."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 9, 2013 3:47:28 PM

  10. Maybe they're just friends

    Posted by: BigGuy | Jan 9, 2013 6:12:12 PM

  11. Bravo to C & B, but really gang, who has space in their kitchen for all this stuff. My partner of 30 years and I spent a fortune on a remodled kitchen and don't use half of what we had done. But in the gay tradition we remembered that "An ounce of pretention is worth a pound of manure", if it's displayed in the kitchen does not mean it's ever been used.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jan 9, 2013 6:29:05 PM

  12. @I wont grow up, I cook meals from scratch probably 4 nights a week and you're absolutely right. 90% of kitchen gadgets are wastes of space, dust collectors.

    In fact I call ALL that stuff "turnip twaddlers" after this old Bloom County cartoon.

    But gay men are still more likely to spend money at Crate & Barrel than the pinch-faced biddies of OMM!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 9, 2013 7:53:30 PM

  13. Caliban, were you being sarcastic in your depiction of the One Millions Moms (or as I like to call them since they are so unsuccessful, "Moms for Bombs?") Franklin mint plates? Ore-Ida fries? We might as well say that all gay men are named Bruce, eat pesto, have a loft in Soho in New York City and know all the fine points of interior decorating. About all that was missing from your depiction of the "Moms" was the Minne Pearl straw hat with the tag still on it!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 9, 2013 8:11:39 PM

  14. For someone like me who's been around almost since Stonewall days, this brings tears to my eyes. Nonetheless, I recently bought the same pasta machine off EBay for 8 dollars! And, yes, my sweet husband and I do share a bowl of homemade pasta, a bottle of wine and whatever else, and the table is definitely ours for the evening. So Cheers!

    Posted by: TomR | Jan 9, 2013 8:51:34 PM

  15. No, Mary, I literally meant that EVERY single member of OMM can't cook for sh*t and uses dishes they bought from infomercials!

    OK, not literally, but if you if don't want to be stereotyped as a sour and regressive religio-paranoic with her lips permanently pursed up like a cat's @sshole, don't join groups whose leaders are exactly that and throw a drama-fit every time a company dares acknowledge that gay people actually exist. And my guess about the soup and Ore-Ida recipes is based on every church cookbook I've ever seen.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 9, 2013 10:18:20 PM

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