The Guardian reports that in speaking with Italian radio Wednesday evening, Barilla said:
“I would not do it but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals, who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don’t see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family.”
According to a Huffington Post translation of the interview, Barilla added:
When later asked how he thought the stance would affect the company’s gay consumer-base, Barilla answered, “If they like our pasta and our message, they will eat it; if they don’t like it and they don’t like what we say, they will … eat another.”
It looks as though Barilla’s detractors will, indeed, opt for other brands.