Update: Panasonic extends benefits to gay couples, bars LGBT discrimination among its 250,000 worldwide employees
Today, Towleroad published a post based on Buzzfeed's survey of the reaction of Olympic sponsors to the threats Russia has made to arrest gay athletes and the International Olympic Committee's threats to disqualify athletes who self-identify as gay, which it evidently considers a political "statement."
Olympic "marquee sponsor" Panasonic's statement on the controversy was that the company “has no involvement in, and is not in a position to comment on political and social matters related to the Olympic Games or specific governments in any country or region.”
Contrast Panasonic's "Go screw yourselves — not only won't we defend you, we won't acknowledge that homos exist" attitude with GE's public statement: “...we expect the IOC to uphold human rights in every aspect of the Games.”
Remember that when you go camera shopping, boys and girls.
One more thing, shoppers: if Panasonic's "drop dead" attitude toward gay people isn't enough to make you consider other brands — i.e., if you buy solely on the merits of products — then take a look at the photos below, taken with a Panasonic Lumix GH2.
|Panasonic Lumix: a poor value|
The GH2's replacement, the current GH3, is also mediocre at best in still mode, and in video mode seems to have moiré issues that the GH2 didn't have.
Pansonic's lens fabrication quality control seems to be lacking, too. Our acquaintance ordered a 14-140 zoom with his camera body, which stuck at a particular point in the zoom range so badly that it made the image bobble while zooming during videography. The seller (Sammy's of L.A. — a great dealer) immediately shipped another lens, but it eventually developed the same problem, albeit with less severity.
|Lackluster, low-contrast Lumix rendering|
of brilliant landscape taken at sunset
|Digital enhancement to bring out vivid colors missing
in lousy, original Lumix|
image. Such tweaking wouldn't have been necessary with a better still-image
camera like a Nikon, Canon or Fuji.