Simone Biles Shuts Down Homophobic Backlash After Appearing In Ad With LGBTQ+ Actor
Biles fired shots at everyone who brought homophobic smoke to her over an UberEats ad.
November 10, 2020 at 9:24 pm
Simone Biles shut naysayers down via her Twitter account after appearing in an UberEats commercial with Queer Eye actor Jonathan Van Ness. The athlete's appearance in the commercial sparked backlash from the conservative group One Million Moms, CBS News reported.
Biles clapped back at everyone who criticized her and Van Ness for appearing in the ad.
“The world we live in makes me sad, but I’d do x1000000 more commercials with you just to piss everyone off!” Biles wrote on Twitter. “The LGBTQIA will always have my support and feel welcome on my socials.”
the world we live in makes me sad, but I’d do x1000000 more commercials with you just to piss everyone off! The LGBTQIA will always have my support and feel welcome on my socials???? https://t.co/CMOrz0nxFZ
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 3, 2020
The conservative group blasted UberEats for casting Van Ness in the commercial claiming the ad was inappropriate for young viewers and posted a scathing review on its website.
“Casting a cross-dresser in its ads screams liberal agenda and turns off potential Uber Eats customers,” the organization said.
“Shame on Uber Eats for attempting to brainwash viewers with an agenda instead of focusing on providing a helpful service, especially during a pandemic,” the statement continued. “Potential customers have plenty of other food delivery options to choose from instead of doing business with Uber Eats and its parent company Uber. Uber Eats and Uber are actually pushing consumers to the competition with their propaganda.”
The organization, instead, insisted the company should focus on its mission.
“Instead of making audiences lose their appetite by glamorizing a LGBTQ lifestyle, Uber Eats should focus on what it does and remain neutral on controversial issues,” the organization added. “For anyone curious or struggling with his or her sexual identity, watching someone prance around in the opposite sex’s clothing is not the answer.”
According to Ad Age, the commercial is a part of a series by UberEats that pairs celebrities across industries to spar over what to eat for dinner. The Biles-Van Ness matchup showed the duo trading signature moves on the gymnastics floor. Between the moves, the two yell out their supper choices.
“Tonight, I’ll be eating cheesy cauliflower pizza with extra broccolini,” Biles yelled with her arms raised in the air.
“My turn!” Van Ness responds. “Tonight, I’ll be eating cheesy cauliflower pizza—and yummy broccolini!”
According to Teen Vogue, UberEats, along with Biles, is throwing their support behind Van Ness. The company responded in support of Van Ness who identifies as non-binary.
“At Uber Eats, we’re unapologetically committed to representing the flavor spectrum. From tacos to talent, we like it spicy,” an Uber Eats spokesperson told the magazine. “JVN and Simone serve gymnastic prowess and ferosh self-confidence, qualities millions of moms everywhere can—and do—support.”
One Million Moms created a petition to boycott the popular delivery service which has since garnered a little over 7,000 signatures.