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One Million Moms accuses Uber of glamorizing 'LGBTQ lifestyle' for having 'Queer Eye' star in commercial

One Million Moms accuses Uber of glamorizing 'LGBTQ lifestyle' for having 'Queer Eye' star in commercial
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The conservative group One Million Moms has accused UberEats “of glamorizing a LBGTQ lifestyle” over its new ad campaign featuring "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness. 

The Christian group, which is a branch of the American Family Association, started a petition online to end the ad campaign, which has garnered more than 6,300 signatures thus far. 

“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 group wrote in the petition. “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.” 

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The group also said that casting Van Ness “screams liberal agenda" and “turns off potential Uber Eats customers.” 

The ad campaign features Van Ness, someone who identifies as non-binary but uses he/him pronouns, alongside  Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles.

One ad begins with Biles doing backflips before saying “tonight, I’ll be eating a cheesy cauliflower pizza with extra broccolini.” 

“Anything Simone Biles can do, Jonathan Van Ness can do… in his own, amazing way,” the video’s caption on YouTube reads. 

Another ad features Van Ness saying he’ll have a “falafel wrap with sweet potato fries.” After his order appears, Biles appears and says “splitsies?” 

Van Ness then does a split on the balance beam that Biles is on. 

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“Oh, you meant the food, didn’t you?" The reality star asks, jokingly. 

In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for Uber said: “At Uber Eats, we’re unapologetically committed to representing the flavor spectrum. From tacos to talent, we like it spicy. JVN and Simone serve gymnastic prowess and self-confidence, qualities millions of moms everywhere can—and do—support.”

One Million Moms is known for pushing back on content featuring LGBT characters and stars. In December 2019, the Hallmark Channel pulled four TV ads that featured a lesbian couple getting married and kissing after a petition from the group received nearly 26,000 signatures. 

Updated Oct. 30, 2:52 p.m.