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GOProud Gives Out Twinkies for Donations

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

Americans across the country were shocked last week when officials from Hostess Inc. said that the company was filing for bankruptcy and planned on closing its doors forever. But the announcement didn't stop the conservative gay group GOProud from quickly capitalizing on the Twinkie-maker's demise.

According to BuzzFeed, just hours after Hostess said it filed for Chapter 11, GOProud sent out a press release in which it offered the iconic junk food to individuals who donated at least $50 to the group between now and the end of the month.

"You know that our staff at GOProud works every day to promote free-market principles and freedom for everyone," the release reads. "You may not know about our special emergency response squad. This morning when the news broke, they sprung [sic] into action and secured a supply of the coveted snack cakes. We now have a stash of Twinkies in the GOProud vault. You have a chance to take advantage of our quick response to this crisis."

The Washington Examiner confirmed the bizarre offer. The organization's founder, Jimmy LaSalvia, said the release was meant to be a "light-hearted" but in fact some people did actually donate.

"We lucked out and found some of the last Twinkies ever made for sale on Amazon," LaSalvia told the Examiner.

Additionally, GOProud's email blames Hostess' union organizing for the company's collapse (with a side shout out to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom the right hates for what they call his "nanny state" banning of 32-ounce sodas). "At first we thought that Michael Bloomberg was behind this latest attack on snack food, but no. THIS TIME IT WAS THE UNIONS!"

But as the Wall Street Journal points out, the 82-year-old company will be shutting down its plants because it is a "victim of changing consumer tastes, high commodity costs and, most importantly, strained labor relations." In addition, many blame a corporate buyout that, they say, resulted in excessive executive compensation that essentially stripped the company of working capital when it was most needed.

GOProud did note in passing that the American company's demise will also impact thousands of employees who will lose their jobs. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families affected by this travesty," the statement read.

GOProud isn't alone when it capitalized on Hostess going under. The Associated Press notes that just hours after the bankruptcy announcement, opportunists headed to the supermarkets to purchase Hostess products, such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and Zingers, in order to sell them on eBay and Craigslist for a much higher price.

Texas resident Greg Edmonds told the AP that he bought 16 boxes of Twinkies and Ding Dongs and started selling the sweet treats online last weekend. Each box is priced at a whopping $300. "I could really use the extra money since I'm unemployed," Edmonds, 50, said. "I figure I better sell them pretty quickly because I am not sure how long this novelty is going to last." Fortunately for him, the snack food has been shown to be nearly eternal thanks to additives.


  • GT, 2012-11-21 19:55:19

    Who doesn’t love a twinkie?

  • gdhamf, 2012-11-22 02:07:01

    Yeah blame the unions, never mind the obscene executive pay and bonuses or the fact that they never invested profits into modernizing the bakeries or distribution facilities, it is all due to paying people a living wage. happy holidays my ASS!

  • , 2012-11-22 08:53:56

    GoProud should hand out twinkles. The cream in the twinkles is just as phony as a gay republican. Thanks to the republicans, we now have approval to marry whomever we want. Oh, sorry I must have eaten too many GoProud twinkies

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-11-22 09:45:03


  • Wayne M., 2012-11-23 20:37:27

    If GOProud thinks we can achieve equality and liberation while attacking working people and unions, who are our natural allies, they are mistaken. LGBT people cannot and will not achieve equality and freedom if working folk’s right to organize and fight for workers’ rights is denied. Attack corporate greed, not workers organizing for decent wages and working conditions.

  • , 2012-11-30 00:11:31

    5000 union thugs would not compromise, now the company is closed and 18,000 are out of work. Yet the radical progressive left is still as clueless as ever wondering how it happened.

  • , 2012-11-30 14:29:35


  • gdhamf, 2012-11-30 15:54:26

    The union made most of the concessions they were asked to, they are hardly thugs. The teamster union usually gets the thug moniker, but they were not on strike. Since I am not a radical anything I guess I can have a clue like the management ran the business into the ground. As far as the radical right goes I suppose you would all be ok working for $2.00 an hour 16 hrs a day with children doing the most dangerous maintenance work cause they could fit inside the machines. Just cause the right wing is ok working in a sweat shop does not indicate that it is ever ok to exploit your workers, that was life before the unions put a stop to it. You do not like unions get your ass to China or India, and stop being a burden to those of us that work for a living.

  • Wayne M., 2012-11-30 19:48:54

    To label workers as thugs for defending a fair wage and working conditions when the corporation executives will be getting huge bonuses even as they wind down the corporation is to suggest that working folk should work for whatever charity their bosses want to give them and nothing more. This is not employment; it is slavery.

  • GAG'EM, 2012-12-01 15:12:17

    I’ve never eaten a Twinkie. I won’t miss’em. Now Twinks; that’s another story.

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