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LGBT McDonald's customers in New Zealand are NOT happy.

According to GayNZ.com, gay-related sites have been blocked from McDonald's locations in Wellington, NZ.

Some sites that have been blocked include The Agender site for transgender folks, and Rainbow Youth advice site.

According to McDonald's reps, the sites have been blocked because they are a family fast food restaurant, and content of the Internet but not the food must be suitable for children.

Here's what gay Wellington resident Julz Darroch had to say about it:

"In this day and age it has shocked me. Just when we think we can get used to being treated as equals in society, and in the main centres at least, something like this comes along. Our being lesbian or gay, or wanting to be in contact with our friends and communities, should not be an issue for the likes of McDonald’s.”

Here's what McDonald's has sent in response to GayNZ.com:

"We're a family restaurant chain, and as part of offering this new Free WiFi service, our policy is that viewed content must be of a family friendly nature, i.e.- suitable for a child to view.

Because of this, access to a number of websites is blocked, including access to gaynz.com gambling, tobacco and adult mature content websites. We stress that all the content of allowable sites must meet family friendly criteria.

By this we mean a child cannot access a website where they can click on any content, link or third party advertisement and access sexually explicit content and images.

You will also appreciate that there are inevitably teething problems with the introduction of a new service and getting our filtering process right is one such issue."

McDonald's has said they'll review the sites that customers have complained about, but we have our suspicions that these sites will remain blocked.

Not Cool AT ALL, McDonalds.

Thoughts???

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75 comments to “Not Cool, McDonalds!”



  1. 1

    If any of those websites allow adult companies to post ads on their websites then I can totally see why they would be blocked. Websites need to take more responsibility for the content they link to. The content of the websites may be suitable for children, but if they click a link accidentally and wind up watching porn - that's an issue. All websites should be more careful about who they allow to advertise on their sites, but currently it seems more important to rake in the money regardless of the consequences. But if these websites are only being blocked because their content is about same-sex couples - then that's discrimination and I hope McDonald's wises up and takes the big stick out of their asshole.



  2. 2

    R U serious??? First IT'S FREE WiFI. Second Mc D owns it!!! Third, you want to go on those sites do it from HOME. Freaking cry babies. I don't see anyone complaining about goto straight porn sites from Mc D's. Stop your bitching. Next you will be complainig about not getting on at work. Stupid or just go to Burger King. Asses.



  3. 3

    You only care about Gay issues and nothing else. Also you promised to stop bullying because of the gay suicides then continued to do so a month later. Hippocrite



  4. 4

    My thoughts are, we are tired of your homo agenda. I have no problem with gay people, but that is starting to change due to all of this shit. Just because you are gay, does not make you special. You are equal, not special. McDonald's in no place for any type of sexuality websites for fuck sakes, little kids go in there. This is why people turn homophobic, this shit pushed down our throats by douchebags like you. Act appropriate in public, like us hetero's are supposed to do, again, it's FUCKING MCDONALDS.



  5. 5

    I support McDonald's. You dont have kids, idiot. If you did, you would know you dont want the internet teaching your children about such things. They are not targeting one group but anything inappropiate for children's viewing. So way to go McDonald's!!!



  6. 6

    When gays make big deals about stupid crap like this it makes people dislike them more and more.

    On a side note, Normally when you type "gay and lesbian" normally comes up porn sites. Or this is something on those sites that isnt blocked. The company follows a pre-made block list. Meaning they probably got it from some company already configured and just installed meaning they didn't know what sites were blocked, if they saw one questionable they didn't look at it,etc.

    Just like MCDonalds said "You will also appreciate that there are inevitably teething problems with the introduction of a new service and getting our filtering process right is one such issue." "



  7. 7

    I agree with McDonalds, plain and simple. They did not ONLY block gay sites so stop taking everything so personal. They blocked content that is not family based, which is the way it should be because it's a KID FRIENDLY PLACE!!!! Why do you need to search gay sites at McDonalds anyway?!?!?!?!?! Get over it and go to a coffee house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  8. 8

    As a parent I appreciate this. I think people need to be caring a bit more about others athan themselves and their gay websites. Personally I am happy for ENYONE who has foudn their path and is happy as well, no matter who your partner may be or what gender you may be. This is NOT ABOUT YOU, it is about children and not being able to access inappropriate sites that are sometimes linked to others, HOW CAN YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THIS and WHY DO YOU EVEN CARE !!!!! go try to raise a healthy and aware child and protect them from growing up too fast and then talk to me. Fools



  9. 9

    Why would ANYONE want this available for kids looking at porn (gay or straight) while eating their McNuggets?? I don't understand the issue??? Kids get enough of it from watching seeing it on TV.



  10. 10

    Oh please.

    They can not offer Internet access at all if it would make you happy. I'm sure that you can find another site to read for 30 minutes while you eat your lunch.



  11. 11

    I don't think this is a lgbt issue. It's about protecting children, it's not a case of denying equality it's about child freindly subject matter. When they are of an appropriate age and in an approprite environment I am strongly in favour of educating my kids in lgbt issues. I only hope Mcdonalds are fair in censoring other issues and not singling out the lgbt community



  12. 12

    Dame it!!! Next time i'm in NEW ZELAND…. Who goes there anyway… You telling me IF we go to NZ and IF we are gay.. we can't go look at ass banging during lunch?? DAME IT!!!!! The nerve of Mcds for offering free services. HOW DARE THEM. DOWN WITH Mc DONALDs!!!!!! Theye have the best fries.



  13. 13

    Gays doesn't want "equality" they want recognition/special treatment and to feel special.



  14. 14

    Oh and God forbid that not everyone think the way you do Mario



  15. 15

    You can't access these sites through the school systems. Why on earth should you be able to access them at McDonalds? Get a job, get a computer and do your own gay web surfing in the privacy of your own home!



  16. 16

    Re: Robert Fornes

    he didn't change he vile ways, he only adopted a passive - agressive pose, but he is still evil, i wonder how long will take till he get sick of this mascarade and come back in being a total jerk diva again…
    Re: adamzlover
    i was about to point the same things that you point, but i'll spare myself of the trouble, you are absolutely right.



  17. 17

    Maybe they feel that kids shouldn't be concerned with who they want to stick their dicks in at the moment, food for thought.



  18. 18

    so sick of people playing the "gay" card!! It has nothing do to with being equal - if there is a site that is inappropriate for children - they have every right to block it. McDonalds did the right thing.



  19. 19

    Hi, actually there are other sites that McDonalds block.

    Here in Sweden, I was surfing the other day on MacDonalds free wifi.

    Guess which site was also blocked?

    Yes - perezhilton.com

    So, you can't read this at mcdonalds.



  20. 20

    Oh for the Love of God, Mario, grow up. Don't you have anything more important to think about?



  21. 21

    PEREZ~ STFU!!! You are an idiot. Please choose your battles more appropriately, I agree with the response from MC Donalds and I get it just fine.

    I HATE YOU PEREZ YOU ARE A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERCIA!! UGLY MO FO



  22. 22

    Perez, you're talking about one single McDonalds in New Zealand… I see your point, but I don't think it's fair to plaster their worldwide logo on your site while trying to rally the LGBT community against the entire company. I think you're on a high horse because of this health kick you're on and look for any tiny excuse to bash them. Fast food isn't the enemy, it's the people who don't know hot to control their portion sizes. Just please stop trying to ruin the fast food industry.



  23. 23

    do you really have to look at a girl blowing a donkey while you're eating your kangaroo bigmac?

  24. Bboss says – reply to this


    24

    1) What does this have to do with Pop Culture and gossip? Nothing, so why is it on here? Oh yah, because it has to do with gays. I could bet that you're losing a lot of viewers because of your constant focus on things like this. If I wanted 'news' i'd go to a news website.
    2)This isn't even in the US, so who gives a shit.
    3) Sick of you being on your pedistal for gay subjects. We get it, you're gay and proud, but this isn't a blog, this is supposed to be a gossip site. I stopped viewing your site for a while and just popped back in - now I recall why I stopped coming here.
    4) I bet you're still referring to yourself in the 3rd person; we, us….stupid.



  25. 25

    the people at mcdonalds are trash anyways!
    NOT COOL MCDONALDS!!!



  26. 26

    Re: avatar61 – Sweden seems to be way ahead of the rest of the world



  27. 27

    I don't see the smokers getting offended that MCD's blocked tobacco sites. They need to grow up.



  28. 28

    that Wellington resident and mario make people hate gays - you're looking for special treatment, not equality…….fuck off……..



  29. 29

    Perez, you are so dumb. You really are dumb… for real.



  30. 30

    I'm gay and I agree with McDonalds. Those sites have half naked bare chested men on it and thats not appropriate in a public setting.

    I dont like people surfing porn at the library either.
    its THEIR wifi they can block who they want.



  31. 31

    As a parent, I have no problem with their policy. Not something I'm sure you would ever understand Mario.



  32. 32

    Holy Crap. Go to a library and use a computer, use your home computer. This is a nice FREE optional tool for customers. STOP PLAYING THE GAY CARD. Pretty soon you'll have people playing the "I'm a paying customer and I want my porn card." Jeez.



  33. 33

    if you had ever driven around the streets of nyc in the evening and seen SUVs running full-on porn on all of their built in TV screens you'd understand the fact that a restaurant for children needs to protect children — not from gays and lesbians — but rather ADULT content, and that it cannot trust that it's clientele will competently police themselves. if you don't like the wifi limitations at a fast food restaurant, i suggest you go the fuck home.



  34. 34

    Re: BeeLahhve – Go to a fucking bath house or something. McDonald's is not the setting. What's NOT COOl, is for you homo's to think you deserve special treatment because you are gay. Good for McD's, no sexuality sites at all, homo or hetero. It's a family place with lots of kids, get a fuckin clue.



  35. 35

    Did any of the LGBT sites have third party advertisements with sexual content??
    If so then McDonalds is right.



  36. 36

    [re=5530997]Re: ALB



  37. 37

    Re: Bboss – @ 24- hit the nail on the head………….



  38. 38

    This is truly pointless. I am gay and I wouldn't even try to access to those kind of sites anywhere but my ROOM. Please fella, control yourself with the all gay issue. There are more important issues to be worried about than porn to be allowed in McfuckingDonalds, alright? Just give it a REST for Christ sakes.



  39. 39

    I'm going to have to agree with a majority of the comments…McDonalds has every right to block whatever they want and I thank them for doing so. My child does not need to see any sexuality websites - gay, straight or otherwise. Her father and I will teach her those things on our time, when we feel she's ready. Get over the homophobic thing! Seriously! It has nothing to do with that!



  40. 40

    Is boiling chickens alive part of the "family restaurant" image as well??



  41. 41

    You don't want equal, you want "special". LOL You are a joke and a man of very little brain.



  42. 42

    This should speak volumes to the gay community why by and large the general public (ignorant or not) will never really accept gay people mainstream into the wider community. Because the Gay mafia pounce on anything that doent welcome them with open arms, even if that means exposing children to Gay porn, which is probably the underlying fear in the straight community. Well done gays, keep setting the gay movement back like this and it will soon become illegal.



  43. 43

    Ok, the websites are not porn sites. I see nothing wrong with having these sites available to customers. At the end of the day it is your responsibility to monitor your kids internet activity not a chain restaurant. And a YOUTH website would NOT link to porn as YOUTHS would be underage. It sounds like people just putting "Gay websites" with porn and it is NOT the same thing.



  44. 44

    I should hope that they also block your site due to adult content. There's nothing wrong with what they're doing — if someone saw content not suitable for children in their restaurant, they'd end up suing. If you don't want internet filtering, get a computer and internet connection at home and quit complaining that companites won't let you view everything on their network for free. Geez, the entitlement of some people…



  45. 45

    That's the problem in the current world. The liberals want to tear down all restraint and moral judgement in the name of "equal rights". We all know that these "gay" sites run explicit "gay" targeted ads that are inappropriate even if the sites content is not objectional.



  46. 46

    Re: Anne Marie Catanzaro – So you're at a table with your kids, and the computer visible to you is displaying soft porn? How is that the parents' fault for not monitoring their kids? Go home if you want to look at provacative content; don't do it at a family restaurant. If you haven't seen the layout of these McDonald's, there's a computer station right in the middle of the dining room, and you can see what everyone is looking at while you're eating.



  47. 47

    Perez, are you taking dumb pills or something??? The last few days you are sounding dumber and dumber!!! THERE ARE CHILDREN AROUND YOU FRICKEN IDIOT!!!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE DROP THE GAY AGENDA AND THE PALIN BASHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  48. 48

    Very cool, McDonald's, very cool. We need to protect children from the perversion of homosexuality.



  49. 49

    OMFG - get over it and yourself! Not everything is about "the gays"! McDonald's can do whatever the hell they want and if you don't like it GTFO and don't eat their Big Macs.



  50. 50

    You go McDonalds! I don't want my kids to see that shit!

  51. krw35 says – reply to this


    51

    VERY Cool, McDonalds! Way to go!! Hold your ground!



  52. 52

    If you're looking for discrimination you'll find it even when it's not there. Mcdonalds wouldn't be homophobic like this, it's bad business and they know business. There just trying to shelter the children that frequent Mcdonalds, filtering processes are hard to make perfect. The filter's likely set to seek certain words like sex which could said appear on a website without it being sexual content… maybe it "safe sex" and the filter found"sex" and blocked the site. Perez it is irresponsible to jump to conclusions like this, get more information, be a journalist and talk to people who make filtering systems like this. I'm a marketing major and I think the acquisitions that you, perez, are making here are ridiculous and ignorant. Understanding only works if it goes both ways, stop creating hate by painting the world homophobic and try to be a good journalist. i like this site because i like seeing pcitures of my favourite celebs on red carpets and I like the video clips but I hate you ignorance opionos of things, do you not have anyone around you to point out when your being rediculous. If you create hate in the LGBT community your just as bad as somebody who creates homophobia. Perez, you are creating hate with bias pieces like this. Do some research and try to be respectable and be non-bias.



  53. 53

    McDonalds can do whatever they want with their wIFI. Don't use it there if you don't like it.



  54. 54

    you're SO stupid, they blocked all sites not just lgbt ones. you say you want equality but really you want special treatment just because you're gay. GROW UP



  55. 55

    Re: hoochpit

    "you are equal, not special."

    THANK YOU!! That's exactly how I feel. I'm tired of him acting like the gay community is full of victims. yes they have been discriminated against and I'm not trying to marginalize that, but if Perez and other like minded people keep getting offended at every little thing they're never going to be treated equally. People are going to be walking around eggshells and I doubt that's what the gay community wants.



  56. 56

    ATTENTION ALL IDIOT!! Mario AKA PerezHilton is gay. he should as you would uses his influence to further the advancement of gay people. YOU ARE STUPID TO ASK SOMEONE TO TURN THEIR BACK ON THEIR OWN PEOPLE. just because you don't like it. Just because a website is "gay related" doesn't mean that there explicit nudity. I bet there's no object by Maxim's Magazines (soft core porn) website, Vogue, Victoria Secret website I guess the freakin "children" who's skirts you love to hide your agenda behind won't be scarred for life if they see a naked women.

  57. @v@ says – reply to this


    57

    The same bunch that are trying to control content there will try to control content here later.



  58. 58

    That happens all over this country in places with public internet access like Starbucks and other internet cafes. Gay sites are blocked because it is assumed they are adult sites. It's retarded.



  59. 59

    Boo fucking hoo. I'm still callin you out on secretly hating yourself for being gay, you SO insecure about people not accepting it.
    You'd be happy the day all men started fucking each other in the streets and people applauded.
    It's McDonald's choice what they allow, they still won't hurt for business even if they close sites out like that. They offer free WiFi, take what they give you and quit bitching, act like a normal fucking person and stop acting like you're priority because you like your balls slapping men's asses. The more that gays act like they deserve special treatment, the more people are going to push it all away!



  60. 60

    Re: AJSummer – Exactly!



  61. 61

    Re: Sexsai – I'm so glad to see someone with common sense about this who happens to be gay. Thank you!



  62. 62

    No one want to see a cocksucker while eating a Big Mac.



  63. 63

    Tell the whole story Perez. A dating website and family planning website were also blocked and there were a number of gay related websites that weren't blocked. Stop spreading the hate. McDonalds has also said said they will review the sites on a case by case basis checking its not just the websites content but ads and links that have to be appropriate as well. Stop telling half storys that fit your disenfranchised gay agenda not everyone is out to get you.



  64. 64

    srry that everyone is hating on u, perez! i think this site is great and its awesome u address lgbt issues since they hit so close to home.
    i mean, if its gay porn it shouldnt be on the free wifi, nor should any porn for that matter, but if its just a site like Rainbow Youth that helps young lgbt members…i mean come on!
    keep up the good work, ignore these haters!



  65. 65

    Jesus who cares? The gays are turning into the equivalent of bible thumpers.If your gay, thats great good for you. Not everyone is going to accept that, and thats fine. Im a woman, and I wouldn't be offended if McDonalds banned tampon sites from their Wifi.People need to get a damn life. You want equality?? Fine here it is..your no better then anyone else, your just a statistic, and again…no one cares. Welcome to equality.



  66. 66

    Re: Yukon_Cornelius – Its New Zealand, not Australia, dumbass. We don't sit around eating kangaroo big macs. Fuck i hate ignorant Americans, which is about 80% of the people that frequent this website.



  67. 67

    Pick your battles, Perez. I'm gay and I see nothing wrong with McDonald's decision to block LGBT material because even I find it inappropriate for a family friendly restaurant. Let's focus on the bigger issues like DADT and gay marriage. I don't want special treatment because I'm gay - I just wanted to be treated equally (which is exactly what McDees is doing).



  68. 68

    They said they're blocking tobacco and porn sites too. If the sites are showing explicit content then they should be blocked. It's a family restaurant and really not that big of a deal.



  69. 69

    He who pays the piper calls the tune. McDonald's pays for the service. Must you always be such a pompous jerk?

  70. @v@ says – reply to this


    70

    Re: anna84 – Come on, mate. Kangaroos can swim very well.
    OK, o it's kiwi bird Mac's then, and Beaver macs in Canada; and wild hog macs in the U.S. It was a joke.



  71. 71

    These two sites aren't porn sites. They websites for gay teens/trans gender etc…. Online support groups.

  72. @v@ says – reply to this


    72

    Re: anna84 – - (psssst! yeah, over here…don't talk about hating 'ignorant' Americans when the Yukon is…wait for it…Canadian.)



  73. 73

    When did homosexuality get a PG-13?! How is this AT ALL about whats "safe" for young kids? This is exactly how kids get the feeling that it's not OK to be gay:( Beeing gay has nothing to to with porn or things that's not "safe" for kids to have knowlege about. It's unbelievable how ignorant some people can be. And that is what's truly shameful!



  74. 74

    I live in New Zealand, and guess what. Noone gives a shit about gays.
    It's great that McDonalds has blocked these sites as well as others. Noone needs to be exposed to that crap, especially not small children.



  75. 75

    So what? They probably have sexy ads on their site. That's not appropriate for children to look at. You're probably pissed about this only because you think they'll block your old site next. Sheesh. Get over yourself.