Simone Biles tells One Million Moms ‘The LGBTQIA will always have my support’

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Simone Biles has spoken out against a conservative Christian group called One Million Moms. Simone stars in a cute Uber Eats commercial with Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness. In the commercial, Jonathan, who identifies as non-binary, is wearing the same outfits as Simone and trying to copy her. I like how they flip the “what a boy can do a girl can too” on its head and made it about Jonathan, a gymnast enthusiast, trying to nail moves like Simone, the GOAT gymnast. Million Moms claims this is promoting an “LBTQ lifestyle,” as if Uber Eats is trying to brainwash their children through a harmless and fun commercial. Simone wasn’t having that. She made it clear on Twitter that she stands with the LGBTQIA+ community and that her social media accounts will always be a safe place. Below is more on the story from People:

Last month, Uber Eats rolled out a series of commercials featuring the Olympic gold medalist and the Queer Eye star in which Van Ness shows off his gymnast talents while wearing the same leotard as Biles.

“Anything Simone Biles can do, Jonathan Van Ness can do … in his own, amazing way,” the tagline on the ad reads.

In response to the ads, conservative Christian group One Million Moms started a petition to end the “Tonight I’ll Be Eating” campaign, calling Van Ness — who identifies as nonbinary — a “cross-dresser” and claiming that Uber Eats is “attempting to brainwash viewers.”

“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,” an article accompanying the petition reads.

On Monday, Biles, 23, responded to the petition, writing, “the world we live in makes me sad, but I’d do x1000000 more commercials with you just to p— everyone off!”

“The LGBTQIA will always have my support and feel welcome on my socials,” the gymnast added.

[From People]

I am so tired of people using G*d to defend their bigotry and hatred. It makes me so proud to see Simone stand up to this group. Younger generations are increasingly progressive and open-minded and just want people to be happy. I do hope this sort of rhetoric will begin to go the way of the Dodo and just die out. It is unfortunate that this is still a topic of conversation. My question to these moms is, “What is this agenda you speak of?” Do these women not know that their children can’t be indoctrinated into queerness? It is absolutely absurd and antiquated.

I stand with Simone, Jonathan and the LGBTQIA+ community on this one. The commercial is super cute and I absolutely love Jonathan. I may go over to Jonathan, Simone, and Uber Eats’s accounts and like and share the commercial to support them.

Here’s the commercial!

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  1. Astrid says:

    That was a great commercial!

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I LOVE her so much and who knew he could bust those moves?! I’m impressed!

      • Jenn says:

        @whatWHAT I only know this from following JVN on Instagram, but he was a cheerleader back in the day! A couple years ago, I think as a direct result of feeling empowered by his Queer Eye success, he got back into gymnastics/tumbling while simultaneously ALSO learning how to figure-skate… just like his hero, Michelle Kwan!! (I think she knows she is his hero, and they are very sweet together.)

        Both gymnastics and figure-skating are sports where failure HURTS, and you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again — the spirit of which JVN embodies and exemplifies! He is a hero and an inspiration to me. :’)

    • whatWHAT? says:

      PS, what’s on the LGBTQIA agenda?

      brunch? shopping? hiking?

      tearing down the patriarchy?

      I’m IN!

    • JanetDR says:

      Love her and he is adorable!

  2. Giddy says:

    I love this commercial, and have admired Simone for years. It makes me happy to see a famous, young celebrity taking a stand and hopefully educating her elders.

  3. HEMP says:

    First, that group needs an asterisk by the million part of their name. There absolutely aren’t a million of these Karens no matter what they named themselves.
    Second, they should be called out on appropriation of the name which they took from the Million Man March every time someone reports on them. Evangelicals are the worst about taking issues from Black activists & twisting it the worst ways for their hateful agendas. Look at what they’re doing with Black Lives Matter in changing it to Babies Lives Matter or Black Unborn Lives Matter which completely ignores what’s happening in the world to BIPOC daily.

  4. Chris says:

    These are the same type of people who would’ve complained 30 years ago about seeing commercials or movies with working women pushing their “lifestyle.” Miserable people. JVN is a g-d delight and so is simone biles. Miserable moms can shove it.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      They think saying the ‘lifestyle’ part means they aren’t discriminating.

      • Kkat says:

        No, they say lifestyle because they don’t believe people are born gay, that they choose it. I grew up in a evangelical fundie cult

  5. BearcatLawyer says:

    Simone Biles just keeps proving she is the GOAT in so many aspects of her life. The kids are all right, indeed.

  6. Wiglet Watcher says:

    These are adorable. And she’s a lovely, caring human being

  7. sa says:

    Love her! I’ve never heard anything bad about her. It makes me feel old to say this, but she is such a great role model for girls.

  8. Aurora says:

    That was cute. I laughed when she told him to keep the leotard.

  9. heygingersnaps says:

    I am also tired of people using God/Jesus’ name as an excuse for their hate but people will continue to twist God’s name to fit their agenda.
    My dad is born again/evangelical and raised my brother to be a homophobe and to hate other people who have a different belief to them.

  10. LaraK says:

    These “moms” are going straight to hell.
    Have they not read the Bible? If Jesus was alive today, who do they think he’d be hanging out with? He was the original activist.
    He was all about the oppressed, the disenfranchised, the struggling. It boggles the mind how these sheltered people never give that any critical thought.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      There are a lot of fake Christians in the world. And there are a lot of Christians who completely misunderstand the real teachings of Jesus Christ.

      • Anners says:

        That’s what I don’t understand. When asked what the single most important thing to do was, He distilled His entire doctrine down to 1. Love God and 2. Love your neighbour. I don’t understand how hating someone who is different from you (in any way – race, LGBTQ+,country of origin, etc.) = love. I mean, He made it pretty basic and clear.

    • Tanguerita says:

      I think it’s worth mentioning that there are no million moms hiding behind this name, not even thousand of them. IT’S JUST ONE PERSON. Really. Her name is Monica Cole and she’s been harrassing the world for quite some time. You can read about her here:
      https://www.glaad.org/blog/its-not-one-million-its-one-meddling-mom

  11. Sunnydaze says:

    This story warms my heart! Queer Eye was definitely my happy place while on miserable bed rest with twins during quarantine – I actually cried when I ran out of episodes (same with schitts creek!). Simone is also just this ray of total sunshine!

  12. Teresa says:

    Meanwhile Iceland has a commercial where everyone of all body shapes, sizes, and age are running around with full frontal nudity to advertise a smart watch where you can leave your phone at home. Billboards up too. I hate the the US is such a narrow minded backwards repressed society. Also that commercial was adorable and how pathetic and boring do you have to be to find something to be annoyed at in it.

  13. souperkay says:

    Yeah cute, but its not so great in the wake of prop 22 passing in california, that is something that has to be fought against. I want Simone to have all the flowers, to get paid, but these corporations must also be held to account.

  14. Izzy says:

    UberEats: does a commercial featuring fun clothing and gymnastics

    Bigoted Karens: FOCUS ON NEUTRAL SUBJECTS!!!

  15. Valerie says:

    LOL you’ve gotta love conservative logic. They force their children to adopt strict beliefs about religion, gender, and politics, and then call a single commercial like this “brainwashing.”

    It’s one commercial… and if you’ve done such a good job at instilling these precious beliefs in your equally precious children, shouldn’t they be immune to even the strongest leftist propaganda? :D

  16. That Girl with the T says:

    Kinda off-topic, but thank god she used the acronym instead of the whole “q**** community” thing that’s actually pretty damn triggering to me. I hate how that slur has become so normalised that even cisgender and heterosexual people (and people who have no business “reclaiming” it, I see you…) use it like it’s nothing.

    Not a fan of that specific acronym, though, but I don’t want to be more controversial lol and as a black trans woman… well, let’s just say my plate is full already and I don’t care to “debate” on the internet about sh*t that should be obvious.

    It’s just… such a mouthful lmao