One Million Moms (Okay, a Few Thousand Moms) Now Boycotting Tylenol

The group One Million Moms, which is really just a few thousand moms with the American Family Association’s money behind them, is now targeting Tylenol with a boycott because — gasp! — they made a commercial with a gay couple in it.

The Tylenol brand typically brings to mind the medication that fights pain. But now Tylenol is also making itself known for fighting against natural marriage.

A new TV commercial features a same-sex prom couple as well as a homosexual couple with a baby. A voiceover in the Tylenol ad declares, “Family isn’t defined by who you love, but how.”

Monica Cole, director of the American Family Association’s, says Tylenol is choosing to take part in promoting the same-sex agenda.

“Tylenol is just contributing to the collapse of the family,” she says. “Tylenol is attempting to redefine marriage and recreate the total makeup of family by definition.”

Dear Monica Cole —

If your family is so weak that it can be made to collapse by viewing a Tylenol commercial, maybe it deserves to go the way of the dinosaur.


Someone who needs Tylenol to deal with headaches he gets from facepalming every time you open your stupid mouth

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  • anat

    Can we make some commercials for water and air with gay couples in them?

  • marcus

    The facepalming I can handle. I don’t think even Tylenol is up to the task for the head-desking!

  • marcus

    Ooooooops!!!! Didn’t mean to imbed this bloody mess! Sorry!

  • marcus

    @ ^ Will slink away in embarrassment now.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ m,arcus : I thought that was an old dot gif file thingummywhatsit?

  • StevoR

    @ 4.. Marcus : Ahh never midn, salways worse on Jupiter!

    (I’ve done far worse than you here and that’s just in typos like, well, erm, bout every one of my comments really.)

    Course I may be bit more shameless with bit less reason than ya but still.

  • StevoR

    Less more one of dem words dere anyhow! English? Howzit work ‘gain? Really I dunno.

    (Yeah y’all noticed I’m sure!)

  • Raging Bee

    You’re underestimating the effect of this boycott. These are people who get SEVERE HEADACHES just thinking about gayness or gay people — and they can’t stop thinking about gayness and gay people. That’s a huge and reliable market the Tylenol people just lost.

  • Michael Heath

    . . . now Tylenol is also making itself known for fighting against natural marriage.

    One can easily speculate what the motivations are that cause conservative Christians to continually make this outrageously dishonest lie – a lie that is also obvious on its face. I’d like to know the propensity of each of motivation.

    Perhaps the most popular reason is to convince themselves that they’re not the bigots in this fight as opposed to what they actually are. And that’s the only major sub-group in the U.S. that actively promotes hatred and bigotry of LGBTs and their families.

  • dugglebogey

    Shouldn’t they be boycotting McNeil Consumer Products, the company that owns the brand Tylenol? It seems stupid just boycott “Tylenol.”

    In fact, isn’t their real beef with the advertising agency? I have no idea what creative team came up with the “homosexuals get headaches too” idea, but that seems like the real target for your (stupid) vitriol.

  • John Pieret

    “Tylenol is attempting to redefine marriage and recreate the total makeup of family by definition.”

    So, gays can’t be part of a loving family? Since when?

  • Raging Bee

    . . . now Tylenol is also making itself known for fighting against natural marriage.

    So Tylenol opposes nude weddings in parks? Who knew?

  • eric

    “Tylenol is attempting to redefine marriage and recreate the total makeup of family by definition.”

    Riiight. Because US companies never develop advertising campaigns for ruthless, Machiavellian, profit-gaining motives.

  • whheydt

    Really, Ed? Tylenol is strong enough to handle the headaches you get from what these people say? I’m sure you could get a prescription from your doctor once you explain the source of your headaches.

    I have no doubt these people would have reacted the same way 50 years ago to an ad that included an inter-racial couple. And a few years before that to an inter-religious couple.

  • dingojack

    I wonder is it just the active ingredient, N-acetyl-p-aminophenol, or the other ingredients that are ‘attempting to redefine marriage and recreate the total makeup of family by definition’?*



    * note that it’s not the company that is doing this, or their advertising company – it’s the product itself.

    Also by the definition of whom, exactly?

  • raven

    I have no doubt these people would have reacted the same way 50 years ago to an ad that included an inter-racial couple.


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    You are off by 48 years. Or more likely off by 50 years. I’m sure many of the dozens of million moms would grab some Tylenol the next time they see an interracial couple in an ad.

    They never completely let go of a hate. I know they are stilling wittering on about the Pagans and probably looking for some Canaanites and Moabites to beat up.

  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    All we ask is for companies to remain neutral in the culture war…

    They keep saying that, and each time is no less a lie than the last. Pretending same-sex couples don’t exist isn’t staying “neutral”. Not hiring someone specifically because they are gay isn’t staying “neutral” (they used this line back when they were protesting against JCPenney for hiring Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson). They don’t want companies to remain neutral. They want them to be compliant to their demands and engage in active bigotry.

  • Richard Smith

    @raven (#16): I was just a few minutes too slow finding this link

  • thebookofdave

    One Million Moms: still trying to live up to its goal of becoming a national headache.

  • scienceavenger

    @17 When a conservative says “neutral” in this context he means “defending the status quo”, or “pretending each sides arguments are equally valid no matter how stupid yours is”. Yeah, I know, but since when are they bothered by contradictions?

  • sumdum

    I bet they were also real upset about this one:

  • whheydt

    Re: Tabby Lavalamp @ #17…

    When you hear that a group wants somebody to “remain neutral”, you have to check to find out who’s side they are supposed to stay neutral on. (Note that the US was “neutral” in WW2 up until early December 1941.)

  • Die Anyway

    I just don’t understand the “destroy the family” trope. If (when) SSM becomes legal nationwide, there will be, and will continue to be, exactly as many “traditional” families as there would be without SSM. There will be no reduction in hetero sex and no increase in gay sex. BGLTs who have a partner with whom they wish to live are already living together. Those who are engaging in sex will continue to do so. In fact, if the old saw about less sex after the wedding is as true for SSM as for straight marriages, the amount of gay sex may go down. Basically though, it just isn’t going to make any damn difference in day-to-day America.

  • colnago80

    Re whheydt @ #22

    The supposed neutrality of the US prior to 12/7/1941 was a convenient fiction. In fact, the US Navy was already escorting British merchant vessels in the Western Atlantic and providing armaments of all kinds to the British armed forces. In fact, the USS destroyer Reuben James was sunk by torpedo more then a month earlier while participating in escort duty. The German government turned a blind eye to these activities as it was not in their interest to have the US totally involved against them. The longer they could put off total involvement of the US armed forces in the war, the better for them. Roosevelt didn’t consider the sinking of the Reuben James a sufficient casus belli for a declaration of war against Germany.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    And right after boycotting Tylenol the millionmoms marched on Washington and drove Obama out of office.

  • Onamission5

    The commercial has a gay couple who have a baby, a lesbian couple who appear to be at prom (?), an interracial couple at their wedding, an elderly couple raising a child, an interracial adoptive family, and a single mother, and none of them look properly miserable! What’s not for OMM to hate?

  • John Pieret


    Misery for having (female) sex is what God demands (see Genesis something or other). Adam’s punishment is having to pay for sex by supporting the slut. As long as men do that, it don’t matter much where he sticks his dick (as long as it ain’t in another man).

    Misery is Christianity’s most important product.

  • Doug Little

    Well by boycotting Tylenol they are the ones destroying the family. How do they expect to have children when this keeps popping up.

    “Not tonight dear, I have a headache.”

  • mareap

    I usually buy generic, but I’ll get Tylenol next time just because.