|LIKE if you're joining us in marching today!|
Confused? Ok, let me feel you in.
Today (Sunday, June 24th) marked the Gay pride Parade weekend in San Francisco, an event where thousands of people march the streets in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-gender culture (LGBT) and also serves as a demonstration for legal rights, rights such as same-sex marriage.
America is pretty divided when it comes to LGBT culture and the right for same-sex marriage, there is no federal legalization of same sex marriage, though some states have legalized it.
IMHO, It's a polarizing politicial issue that Nokia should have stayed away from.
Nokia's trying to gain its popularity again in the US with its Lumia line and the entrance of the Nokia 808 PureView and taking a political stand for same-sex marriage should be the last thing Nokia should be doing, I think it's reckless for whoever posted that picture and comment to have done so.
From the comments posted on the pic from Nokia users, the reactions are mixed...
One Facebook user says "Too bad Nokia had to jump into a political storm instead of just being a phone manufacturer...Stick to what you're good at Nokia and leave the divisive politics to worthless politicians. My opinion of Nokia has plummeted."
"Marching for what? The flag represents Gay Pride, something I am completely opposed to. I would rather host a concert than to march anyways..."
Another writes: "Definitely gay pride parade for today is the annual parade in NY. I will now unlike Nokia in my Facebook page. And no more posting of Nokia stuff in my wall. Bye Nokia!"
There are those who see Nokia's stand as positive and here are a couple:
"Yay! Gay pride from NOKIA. Just gained 10x more love for this company! :D"
"My support for Nokia just went up a few more notches. Yes, this doesn't have (or should have) an effect on a purchase, but if it comes down to a tie, I rather support a company that promotes equality than another one that doesn't. And if you "refuse" to buy devices because of "gay pride", well you are missing out on some amazing technology. I also believe that both Google and Apple "promote" equality. Oh, and it looks like Microsoft is as well. So, if you don't want to buy any more Nokia products because of this, well You might want to lay down all of your Apple products and your google/microsoft products/services/
But there's one comment I like the most:
"Speaking as an enthusiast and a shareholder, I would request more phones and less politics."
I agree with the above comment, Nokia should stick to giving us MORE quality phones and less politics, and at the end of the day when they give us an awesome device, no one will care if it's a phone made by a pro-gay company or not.
This announcement was pre-mature and maybe the Phone Giants were trying to join the ranks of Silicon Valley Big Boys (Google, Apple, Microsoft) for supporting gay equality, but nevertheless I don't see it doing any damage to the company's image.
FUN FACT: the image currently has "69" likes :)