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The food delivery company tweeted out a series of flags representing a different section of the LGBTQ community in honor of Pride Month.
One of its creations? A rainbow pizza flag.
Food flags were created for the Lesbian, Genderqueer, Agender, Bisexual, and Intersex identities, among others.
In response, the company has received a slew of criticism. People are requesting that Uber Eats stop using the identities of human beings as a business strategy and pay its employees a living wage.
“We don’t want you to pander us with rainbows we just want you to pay your drivers,” Twitter user @pr0m37h3um wrote.
we don't want you to pander us with rainbows we just want you to pay your drivers— can I get uhhhhh (@pr0m37h3um) June 19, 2019
While many are still fed up with the corporatization of Pride, they also find Uber Eats’ marketing tactic better than others by spotlighting the lesser-known identities within the LGBTQ community.
“I hate brands taking advantage of queer people as much as the rest of you, but I find these posts heartwarming and educational,” Twitter user @Rikjavic wrote.
The Intersex flag made of French Toast garnered a more positive reaction than some of the other Pride food creations. The Intersex identity is a complex member of the LGBTQ community because many Intersex individuals have specified that their identity should not be conflated with the LGBTQ community by default.
“Intersex people are wonderful,” Twitter user @CrockerCurse wrote. “But they continue to ask us NOT to be added into our community by default. Instead of doing it anyway, maybe LISTEN TO THEM.”
Intersex people are wonderful! But they continue to ask us NOT to be added into our community by default. Instead of doing it anyway, maybe LISTEN TO THEM.— Simon Says (@CrockerCurse) June 21, 2019
You know what? You may be a multifaceted organization responsible for a mix of good and bad decisions, but i damn support whatever facet does this shit— Mint (@bbg200) June 22, 2019
Although many deem the campaign as decent, that’s only in relation to other more tasteless Pride campaigns. So let’s just stop with the exploitative advertising, people.
- Anti-rainbow capitalism memes fight back against the corporatization of Pride
- Lyft’s in-app pronoun choices are rainbow capitalism at its worst
- Uber Eats ditches flat-rate delivery fee
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.